Things To Do Downtown

There’s no shortage of activity throughout Downtown Houston. Nestled between the district's towering skyscrapers are opportunities for adventure at every turn — all of which are accessible via the city’s MetroRAIL. A feast of performing arts awaits within the Theater District. The great outdoors comes to life in Downtown’s green spaces. Sports enthusiasts can get their fix via three Houston pro teams. And art comes alive on the streets of Downtown Houston. Explore things to do downtown and check out our packages.


Take in the culture at Theater District Houston, where performances from the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, and Society for the Performing Arts abound. Providing a stunning backdrop for each show is the city’s collection of award-winning theaters including the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Alley Theatre and Wortham Theater — most of which are located just a few minutes away from the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, an underground chamber that now houses art and a dazzling light show.


Located in the heart of Downtown, is Houston’s own Central Park —  Discovery Green, a 12-acre park with activities galore. This grassy oasis showcases art installations, a playground, a skating rink, and even a tranquil pond for canoeing. Head north for an afternoon at Market Square Park, a site that was once home to Houston’s original City Hall. It’s Historic District location now thrives as an open-air hub for live performances and public art exhibitions. For an outdoor history lesson, Sam Houston Park offers 19 acres of Houston history. The Heritage Society has called this green space home since 1954 and still showcases eight historic structures including a log cabin and St. John Church, dating back as far as 1823. 


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Kick it with Clutch courtside at The Toyota Center for a Houston Rockets home game; or sign up for Toyota Center Tours for a special behind-the-scenes look at the premier sports venue. Take the whole family out to the ball game at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros and some of the best ballpark food in the country. Get ready for some futbol at PNC Stadium, where the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash flex their soccer skills.

Houston Inspired Mural


Public art is on full display throughout the streets of Downtown, with more than 30 permanent installations calling the neighborhood home. For an immersive experience — Avenida Houston offers a boulevard anchored by thrilling art, while Art Blocks at Main Street showcases a rotating selection of works by nationally and internationally lauded artists and designers. For a jolt of vibrant street art, stop by the iconic “Houston is Inspired Mural.”

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