Houston is a prime location to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer. As home to the Johnson Space Center, the city will host a multitude of events and festivities to commemorate this great human achievement. Come to celebrate space exploration and stay for the amazing experiences Houston has to offer. This guide will help you plan your stay in Space City.
HOUSTON HOTELS TO CELEBRATE IN
Before you take a flight to Houston, make sure you have a place to stay. Houston’s hotels will also celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing by treating their guests to lunar perks and packages.
The Over the Moon package at Hotel Alessandra treats guests to a two-night stay, two City Passes to tour the city, a space-inspired welcome treat, and a NASA Archives coffee table book.
With telescopes on the pool deck, specially themed cocktails and a Full Moon Party on July 16, the Four Seasons Hotel is another great downtown hotel for your stay.
If you want a little R&R in between your Space City exploration, book a Mission to the Moon package at the Marriott Marquis. The overnight stay package includes a Moon Melt Massage with warm Himalayan stones and a $50 hotel credit for any of the hotel’s restaurants. Plus, you get to enjoy its amazing Texas-shaped pool.
On the weekend of July 20, the Fly Me to the Moon package at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown is just what you need. The package gives guests access to The Discovery Dome, an inflatable planetarium courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and treats them to a very special turndown service that includes moon rock truffles and black rock donut holes.
SPACE CITY EXPERIENCES
NASA Space Center and City Tour
Let Houston City Tours do the planning for you by booking the NASA Space Center and City Tour. Departing from downtown Houston, this experience includes a guided tour of Houston followed by a visit to Space Center Houston, one of the city’s top attractions. There, you’ll enjoy a tram tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and marvel at exhibitions of space-related artifacts. Houston City Tours also offers tours of the city aboard a double-decker bus.
Houston Brewery Tour
Houston and its surrounding areas are home to about 60 craft breweries. To get a feel for the city’s beer scene, book a guided tour with Fresh Tap Tours. The company has several to choose from, including “The Townie”, which takes you to three breweries in and around downtown Houston. If you’d like to tour the city and its “brewscape” by bike, try a Tour de Brewery tour of the Historic Heights, Downtown and EaDo, or the Museum District and Montrose. You can also explore the breweries at your own pace with a 1-Day Houston Brew Pass.
Cruise along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou aboard the Spirit of the Bayou, Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s pontoon boat. Whether you book a twilight tour, a historic tour or a Waugh bat colony tour, you’ll get a different view of Houston from its historic waterway. Make sure to check the tour dates in advance of your visit. Another good option is the Port of Houston’s free Sam Houston Boat Tours along the Houston ship channel.
Houston Mural Tour
No trip would be complete without some seriously Instagramable pictures. Book a Houston mural tour for a fun one-and-a-half hour tour of the city’s vibrant and colorful walls aboard Joyride’s electric vehicles.
See Houston by Bike
Take a leisurely bike ride around Downtown Houston while learning about the city’s sites and history. The City Bike Tours depart from Bike Barn’s shop at Buffalo Bayou and take two to three hours, so be ready to sweat and have fun while you enjoy the best the city has to offer. The cost of the tour includes bike rental. Want to explore the city by bike on your own? Grab a bike from the B-Cycle stations and follow our handy Houston by Bike itinerary.
Need more ideas? Read more about what to do in Houston during Space Month.