Have a question about what to do, where to eat or anything else pertaining to your visit to Houston? Just Ask Veronica. She has the answers to your queries about H-Town.
Good Morning, I am looking for contact informaiton for a special events company that could assist us in locating an event for October 2014 Customer Appreciation Event in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Assocation EXPO 2014 in October. The event is for approximatly 500 people and we are looking for a special events company to help us locate some various options. Let me know. Thanks
We're excited you're meeting is coming to Houston!
You should reach out to Judi Quesonova (713-437-5238 or email@example.com) and she can help you get in contact with the correct people. She is traveling today, but will definitely get back with you if you leave her a message.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Hi Veronica, How can i get back taxed paid for my purchases. I am an international visitor. Also I would like to know the liquor consumption limit when driving. I want to follow the Houston rules.
International travelers can get a refund of sales tax at Tax Free Shopping offices -there are two at IAH -Terminals E and D -there is one in The Galleria at Macy's on Sage St. -and one at BestBuy on Richmond (5133 Richmond Ave) -also by The Galleria. You need to have your passport, boarding pass, original receipts and merchandise. See http://taxfreetexas.com/ for participating store listings and additional information.
As far as consumption limit, if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, it is illegal to drive. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission website has more information on consumption limits - check them out at www.tabc.state.tx.us
Let me know if you have any other questions.
I'm looking for ideas for Christmas gift certificates for my daughter and her family. They live in Houston and have done all the usual things. I'm looking for something different that would interest adults as well as children ages 12 and 15. Needs to be flexible to fit into their schedule. Thanks!
We just put together a great list of local holiday gift ideas. You'll definitely get some good ideas here.
There are also some really cool behind-the-scenes experiences at some of the city's top attractions like the Houston Zoo, Downtown Aquarium and Moody Gardens that would be fun for adults and kids.
If your family is into creative activities or workshops, there are all kinds of ideas here.
Let me know if I'm on the right track! If not, I can give you additional thoughts.
Hi Veronica we are comming to Houston for a wedding in between christmas and New year and we want the time to be really special. never been to the states at all before so could really do with some suggestions 1) do you know of any websites where we may find a large house / holiday let for about 12 people ? 2) where is the best place to see fireworks etc for NYE with a 2yr old? 3) any suggestions of a really nice surprise for the bride and groom we want to surprise them with something? thanks
We're excited you'll be spending the holidays in Houston this year! I can definitely help you.
1. I would check out Homeaway.com and VRBO.com. Both are great sites with details on homes for rent. I would pay special attention to the location. Most of the homes for rent in the Houston area are located on the water--an hour north on Lake Conroe or an hour south in the Bay Area or Galveston. If you want to stay close to downtown, I'd make sure you check the address of the house very carefully.
2. Houston throws a great New Year's Eve event for families in downtown's Discovery Green park. It's called New Year's Eve Live, and the event is free, family-friendly and there will be plenty of live music and fireworks!
3. What kind of surprise do you want to get them? A wedding present? Something for their home? An experience? Typically, the bride and groom will register for gifts at several stores, and you can use their list that they've created to purchase their gift. Do you know where they are registered?
I hope this helps!
We heard about the tunnel system under downtown houston. Can we see it?
Absolutely! The series of subterranean passages allows the district's 150,000-employee workforce to take on tasks-doctors appointments, banking, shopping, post office and salons, among other things-in air-conditioned bliss. Access the network via street-level stairs, escalators, office-building elevators or head to Wells Fargo Plaza (1000 Louisiana), which offers direct street-to-tunnel access. The tunnels are open during office hours, Monday through Friday, 7am-3pm. Click here for a tunnel map and a list of businesses.
I am an exchange high school student and I have free time on Next Sunday(11th). I am planning to go to somewhere with my friends and my boy friend,together. Can you give me some plans for me? Are there some festivals in Houston on that day?
by: Veronica from Houston
We don't have regularly scheduled bus tours in Houston, but you can
hire a company to create a tour for you. I'd suggest calling Global Tours, The Wave or Experience Houston to get quotes.
If you want to see the top attractions in the city, I suggest purchasing a Houston CityPASS, a discounted ticket booklet to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Health Museum and more. Plus, the majority of the attractions are all located in the Museum District, so it is easy to visit them all in one day.
Also, we have a great list of suggested itineraries that would be helpful for you too.
Let me know if you have additional questions.
by: Ernest from Atlantic City
Does Houston Tours do a hotel drop off/ pick up at the JW Marriott Houston for the Houston 3.5 hours City Tour?
I have 3 people in my party. Will that be enough people for a Houston 3.5 hours City Tour?
I will be in Houston on this upcoming Thanksgiving day and will have my two young children with me (7 & 9). What suggestions do you have for activities with children that day? Thank you.
There is actually a lot happening that day!
A few key things I recommend:
63rd Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade
Thousands of spectators make their way Downtown for Houston's signature H-E-B Holiday Parade with fantastic floats, high-flying hot air balloons, marching bands and costumed characters.
TXU Energy Turkey Trot
Grab your running shoes before you eat up that Thanksgiving dinner. This competitive run or fun run/walk benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. There will be a 10K, 5K and a Kids Run (>1 K) on Thanksgiving Day.
Ice at Discovery Green
Nov. 22-Jan. 22
Discovery Green will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with the Ice at Discovery Green, a 7,200-sq ft. outdoor ice skating rink constructed on a portion Kinder Lake. Park-goers will enjoy a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the holidays, including concerts, movies and more.
Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting
On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests will gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the Uptown Holiday Lighting, an event now in its 27th year. This fun-filled family event will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa's reindeer; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard will continue into the holiday season.
I hope this helps!
I am looking for a venue or acrtivity for about 10 eleven year old girls in January. We have done bowling, Sky High, Laser Quest, stay in a hotel, ice skating, roller skating, karaoke, Movie Grill. Don't want to spend tons of money. Help!!
I have a few ideas for you! You could host a glam party at Olive Anne and the Pink Polka Dot in The Heights. You could do a Rock Star Party, a Spa party and more. It's a really cute space. Bliss Nail Spa also offers several options for mani/pedi spa parties. If you're feeling a little fancier, you could do afternoon tea at the St. Regis Hotel.
A pricier option is to spend the night at the Downtown Aquarium--a very cool experience. With the Downtown Aquarium's Wild Dreams Overnight experience, you can find out. Kids ages six and older will learn fun tiger facts on the evening of their tour and hopefully come to a greater understanding of the importance of conservation. Participants get to sleep in the white tiger exhibit, make crafts, learn how the aquarium's staff care for the animals and much more. $59.95 per person with one free adult for every five kids. Click here for more tour details.
Let me know if you want me to send you more ideas!
You did not answer my question. You just referred me back to my original website. Thanks for nothing. Is this some kind of joke?
I'm not sure what additional information I can provide you. As I mentioned in my previous answer, you have two options from The Galleria: You can get on the HOV from Old Katy Rd. east of N. Post Oak through Northwest Transit Center or from IH-10 outbound, left exit, east of 610 through Northwest Transit Center. What additional information are you looking for? If this isn't sufficient information, you may want to call Metro's HOV hotline at 713-921-4376 or emailing them at MPDServices@ridemetro.org.
I wish to know how I can get in the HOV lane (on 290)going from 610 in the Galleria to Hwy 290 heading to Cypress, TX. I cannot find the entrance. Please help.
You have a few options. You can get on the HOV from Old Katy Rd. east of N. Post Oak through Northwest Transit Center or from IH-10 outbound, left exit, east of 610 through Northwest Transit Center. Click here for maps and details.
I hope this helps!