Welcome to Houston! What will you discover?
August 16 - 19, 2012 • George R. Brown Convention Center
Education Conference & Tradeshow
Attendees meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center and other Downtown facilities enjoy easy access to hotel accommodations, sports, concert venues, five-star dining and nightlife, plus Houston’s internationally-recognized Theater District—all within five blocks, five minutes and ten minutes of their convention.
Adjacent to the George R. Brown, the three-year-old Discovery Green park offers 12 acres of inviting green spaces and gardens. The area is complete with free-WiFi, event spaces, jogging trails, an amphitheater and two restaurants.
Two of the city’s most popular sports venues are just a short walk from the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Toyota Center hosts the NBA Houston Rockets on the hardwood and the AHL Houston Aeros on the ice, while nearby Minute Maid Park plays home to the MLB Houston Astros. With three major teams showcased Downtown, it’s easy to find pro sports action any time of the year.
It’s no secret that Houston is overflowing with much-sought-after culinary gems, and Downtown offers one of the best places in the city to experience those delicious dining opportunities. Some of the area’s most beloved restaurants are just steps from the convention center, including The Grove in Discovery Green, Vic & Anthony’s, Four Seasons’ Quattro and Strip House. Stop by the Houston Pavilions, too, where nine more dining options await, including Yao Restaurant & Bar, Guadalajara del Centro and III Forks Steakhouse. Stay late at the Pavilions for a show at the House of Blues, a game at Lucky Strike or a dueling piano competition at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar.
The 17-block Theater District is home to the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Alley Theatre, among other talented performing arts groups. This spring, downtown welcomed the Ballet’s Center for Dance — the largest dance company facility of its kind in the United States.
Near the Theater District, Tranquility Park pays homage to NASA’s lunar missions and features majestic cylindrical fountains and a series of angled walkways, as well as a stunning view of the skyline. Blocks away, Sam Houston Park serves as an outdoor tribute to Houston’s history with a collection of buildings illustrating eras of the past. Nearby, Buffalo Bayou Promenade features meandering trails with artful lighting along the western edge of Downtown.
The newly renovated Market Square Park provides a place for entertainment, dining, public art and green space. The uber-popular Greek eatery Niko Niko's has set up shop in the park with a walk-up kiosk for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of downtown’s oldest and best-loved restaurants and bars, including La Carafe and Warren’s Inn, border the park.
Main Street’s nightlife offers everything from dance clubs and luxe lounges to art inspired dive bars and romantic retreats — all of which can be easily navigated via the METRORail system. Find plenty of cool jazz and great food at Sambuca. Sample pints at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Shay McElroy’s Irish Pub and Dean’s Credit Clothing.
South of Downtown — in the Midtown area — cafés, locally-owned shops and a booming nightlife scene are easily accessed via the METRORail. On Saturday mornings, locals flock to the area for locally-grown produce, organic coffee, freshly-baked breads and Texas cheeses at the Midtown Farmers Market, but after the sun goes down pretty young things return for wild nights at Midtown’s lounges, dance clubs and dive bars.
A few blocks farther, the quirky and tree-covered Montrose neighborhood is a pocket of eccentricity and diversity in the heart of the city. Spend an afternoon perusing one of Montrose’s art galleries, grab a bite at one of the city’s best restaurants or find one-of-a-kind treasure at an offbeat shop along the Westheimer Curve.
Northeast of downtown sits a section of historic neighborhoods that date back to the late 1800s. Residents once flocked to the area to escape the big city, but today it’s the hipsters and young couples that are drawn to its rich and character-filled architecture, mom and pop-type shops and funky restaurants. Find something you never knew you wanted at one of 19th Street’s quaint boutiques. Thrift stores, antique havens and cafes prove to be popular at the Heights-strip. Stop by for the “First Saturday Arts Market” on the first Saturday of each month for live music, crafts, plants and artwork.
A glittering, fresh-faced crowd swarms this eclectic mix of luxurious lounges, honky tonks, wine bars and some of the most-loved restaurants in the city. The strip, which stretches east from Memorial Park to downtown, recently experienced a resurgence, as dilapidated properties were torn down and replaced with townhouses, mixed-use developments and high-energy hot spots. After the sun goes down, catch a seat on the Washington Wave—Houston’s first ‘jitney’ shuttle in more than 15 years. The taxi-bus concept enables riders to enjoy a fixed-route, fixed-rate shuttle within the Washington Avenue District, Midtown and the Heights.