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Interactive Experiences

Explore Houston from the comfort of your home

Experiences over things is becoming more and more of the seasoned traveler’s mantra. Don’t really want to take home another junkie souvenir? Savor an authentic H-Town experience instead. We’ve got plenty of creative classes specific to our area and run by local artisans. Between pottery classes, calligraphy, cake decorating, jewelry making and more, there are plenty of workshops to suit all interests. One of the best parts about travel is planning where and what to eat. Some of the most storied Houston restaurants and institutions offer cooking classes. From preparing a six-course meal at Brennan’s to techniques and tips at Central Market, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and great meal. This is how you truly experience Houston.  
 

Museums

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level, highlighting art made of glass, fiber, clay, metal, wood or found/repurposed materials.


Lone Star Flight Museum

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The Lone Star Flight Museum aims to inform and educate the public of their aviation heritage and history by acquiring, restoring to flying condition and preserving a collection of aircraft representing the evolution of flying machines.

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Entrance
Right Hangar


Houston Museum of Natural Science

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., features the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions.

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First Floor Paleo, Second Floor Africa, Glassell, Cabinenet of Curiosities
First Floor Glassell Hall / Jones Gallery
First Floor Grand Hall
Second Floor Texas, Elevators, Marian Overlook
Second Floor Gems and Minerals
Third Floor Egypt Exhibit
Third Floor Hall of Americas
Energy Hall


Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, is Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area.

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Main Entrance
Skylab


Children's Museum of Houston

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The Children’s Museum of Houston is all-new and now twice as big!

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Lower floor
Third floor


The Health Museum

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The Health Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a multi-sensory and ever-evolving interactive experience featuring health science advances and the intricacies and implications of how bodies work.


The Orange Show

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The Orange Show Monument is a Houston postman's creation that extols the virtues of his favorite fruit.


Beer Can House

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The Beer Can House is a folk art gallery/workshop consisting of more than 50,000 beer cans.

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Restaurants

State Fare Kitchen & Bar

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State Fare - a casual, made-from-scratch concept that touts Texas food in a laid-back atmosphere.


Phoenicia MKT Bar

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The Downtown Phoenicia also features MKT Bar, an in-house wine and beer bar serving unique international fare.


Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys

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A local favorite for nearly fifty years, Antone's menu includes a tasty array of New Orleans style Po' boys, salads, pizzas, and sides.


Backstreet Café

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Tucked away on Shepherd Drive is the converted residence that is home to Backstreet Café, serving ever-changing New American choices prepared by Chef Hugo Ortega include salads like goat cheese among pears, toasted walnuts with warm bacon dressing, or entrees like the meatloaf tower, a lunch and dinner favorite.

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Second Floor


Batanga

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Batanga,a 9,000-square-foot Latin American restaurant located just off Market Square Park in Downtown Houston, features Latin American tapas, exotic drinks, and live music, with a large patio that overlooks the park.


BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

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The Heights neighborhood bar and eatery, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, serves hearty Americana fare spotlighting burgers, cocktails, and brunch in the former Glass Wall space that has been remodeled with custom seating and decor that evokes nostalgia.


BCN Taste and Tradition

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Located in a 1920’s home in Houston’s Museum District, BCN Taste and Tradition brings modern coastal Spanish cuisine to the Montrose neighborhood from a two-story modern space which includes a 10-seat bar plus seating for 54 on the main level, and an additional 25 seats in two private dining rooms for larger groups.


Benjy's

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Benjy's, a popular hotspot in Rice Village, puts a creative twist on “social food” by featuring plates that are meant to be shared among friends, an infamous happy hour on weekdays and one of the best weekend brunches in town.

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Second Floor


Biggio's

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Biggio’s Sports Bar opened by Houston Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, is a multi-level bar with great views of all the games, local craft beer and other beverages, and upscale bar food.


Bisou

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Legendary Chef Frédéric Perrier brings modern American food with a continental "kiss" to global fare at Bisou, located in the River Oaks District, in a luxurious space that provides a great backdrop for dining and cocktails.


BuffBurger

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This is not your ordinary burger joint. Buffburger delivers high quality, natural ingredients from local farmers and bakeries.


Field & Tides

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Settle inside, Field & Tides’ contemporary lodge aesthetic or take a seat on the patio for some Gulf Coast seafood from fresh catch selections like oysters, crab soup, pan-seared scallops and pecan-crusted flounder located in The Heights.

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White Building


EggHaus Gourmet

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Located right off of TC Jester in the Heights, EggHaus Gourmet is slinging fast and elevated breakfast options in an inviting and fun atmosphere.


Good Company's Armadillo Palace

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Part honky-tonk and part Texas history museum, Good Co.'s Armadillo Palace gets the mood established right off the bat thanks to the towering armadillo sporting longhorns and breathing smoke right out front.


Indigo

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Chef Jonathan “Jonny” Rhodes takes diners through a cultural and historical exploration of soul food at his north Houston restaurant, Indigo.


Killen's Barbecue

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The Killen's Barbecue experience is very Central Texas-like, where barbecue meats are sold by the pound or plates of Killen’s award-winning beef ribs, along with smoked pork ribs, salt-and-pepper rubbed briskets and pork and beef links, made with high-quality USDA brisket and pork loin (no fillers).


King’s BierHaus

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At its spacious Heights location, King’s BierHaus offers an elevated take on German-American food, a full bar and an expansive biergarten where you and your friends can enjoy good food, beer, games and a fun vibe.


Lucille's

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It doesn’t take long for visitors to Lucille’s in the Museum District pays homage to Chef/Owner Chris Williams’ great grandmother Lucille, who made cooking a family affair with her cookbooks and entrepreneurial spirit.


1751 Sea and Bar

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Hop on over to 1751 Sea + Bar in the Heights for a unique dining and drinking experience straight out of the Gulf Coast.


Mongoose Versus Cobra

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Housed in a historic building on McGowen, just steps from the light rail tracks on Main St., Mongoose Versus Cobra serves innovative and avant-garde cocktails, a large selection of beers and small bites offered on a well-edited menu.

Breweries

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Houstonians are heading to Brock Wagner’s Saint Arnold Brewery on the edge of Downtown to indulge in craft beer, craft food, games, vibrant art, and amazing views of the city.

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Garden


Platypus Brewing

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Houston’s craft brew scene expanded in fall 2016, as Washington Avenue welcomed Platypus Brewing to the strip. The Texas-meets-Australia concept is the brainchild of five beer lovers looking to marry the tastes from Down Under with Texas beer.