February 20, 2024

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Destination Spotlight: Houston, TX

Welcome to Houston, Texas! America’s most diverse city offers a plethora of activities and attractions to suit every taste and interest. From cultural landmarks to culinary delights, and outdoor adventures to vibrant nightlife, Houston has exactly what you’re looking for! 

Unwind Luxury Vacations has the perfect destination right in the heart of the fourth largest city in America. This beautiful home in Rice Village is in one of the most enviable communities in the south. Rice Village has walkable neighborhoods with access to restaurants, bars, shops, and more. It’s only a short drive to the museum district, sports arenas, and the Houston Zoo. 

The best part is, since this is an Unwind property, you know it will wow you with its design and decor. Sip coffee on our unique rooftop deck to start your morning, get in some exercise on the Peloton, entertain in the high-end living area and stocked kitchen, and end your day in the game lounge with an arcade, poker table, and TV.

No matter what brings you to the city, our home has a little something for everyone.

So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the charm of the Bayou City. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the top things to do in Houston, ensuring your visit is nothing short of spectacular.

1. Discover Space Exploration at NASA Johnson Space Center:

Embark on an out-of-this-world journey at the NASA Johnson Space Center, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of space exploration. Explore interactive exhibits, marvel at real space artifacts, and even take a behind-the-scenes tram tour to see where astronauts train for their missions. Be sure to take the train when you go and see the full scope of NASA’s impressive Houston-based operation. Whether you’re a space enthusiast or simply curious about the cosmos, the Space Center promises an unforgettable experience.

2. Dive into Culture at the Museum District:

Houston’s Museum District is a cultural mecca boasting an impressive array of museums and galleries. Art lovers can wander through the halls and outdoor sculpture garden of the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Modern Art, both of which are home to vast collections spanning thousands of years and countless cultures. 

The Houston Children’s Museum is worth the trip by itself if you have youngsters. One of the most interactive children’s museums in the country will have you astounded at the sheer size of playable space available for kids big and small. Indoor activities spark the imagination and get the body moving, while outside there are water features and splash zones to cool off on a hot day. 

The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences sits right beside Hermann Park and is a must-see on any trip to Space City. You’ll be in awe of the dinosaur fossil exhibits, live shows, and interactive educational programs all designed to teach you and your family more about the amazing world in which we live. 

While it might not appear on top searches for Houston, you must also pay a visit to the world-renowned Rothko Chapel. The Rothko Chapel’s mission is to create opportunities for spiritual growth and dialogue that illuminate our shared humanity and inspire action leading to a world in which all are treated with dignity and respect. This small yet mighty space will leave you reflective and inspired to bring about good in the world around you. 

3. Indulge Your Taste Buds in Houston’s Culinary Scene:

Houston’s culinary landscape is as diverse as its population, offering a mouthwatering array of flavors from around the world. From sizzling Tex-Mex and savory barbecue to tantalizing Vietnamese pho and authentic Mexican cuisine, the city’s dining scene is a food lover’s paradise. 

Right in the heart of Rice Village you’ll find two of Houston’s hottest restaurants: 

Navy Blue, operated by Chef Aaron Bludorn and his team, follows up the dining mainstay that is Bludorn with this Rice Village restaurant. New York chef Jerrod Zifchak steers the menu, offering creative seafood dishes, including a crawfish risotto, a solid spaghetti vongole, and a variety of fish preparations.

Hamsa is another top Houston dining destination from the team behind Doris Metropolitan and Badolina Bakery. Hamsa is a modern Israeli restaurant located in the heart of Rice Village. Watch as fluffy housemade pita emerges often from the kitchen’s brick oven, and pair it with one of two kinds of hummus, squash tahini, baba ganoush, and about a half-dozen other dishes. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to order, the Yala Yala tasting experience boasts generous portions of the menu’s greatest hits and is well worth the loot.

Be sure to explore local favorites like the bustling food halls of Houston’s Chinatown or the eclectic eateries of Montrose for a true taste of the city.

4. Wander Through Tranquility at Hermann Park:

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Hermann Park. This sprawling urban oasis offers a welcome respite from the concrete jungle, with lush green spaces, tranquil waterways, and picturesque gardens to explore. 

Take a leisurely stroll around McGovern Lake, rent a pedal boat, or pack a picnic and relax beneath the shade of towering oak trees. Don’t forget to visit the McGovern Centennial Gardens, where vibrant blooms and stunning architecture create a feast for the senses.

5. Cheer on the Home Team at a Sporting Event:

Sports fans rejoice – Houston is home to a variety of professional sports teams, offering plenty of opportunities to catch a game year-round. Whether you’re a baseball aficionado cheering on the Astros at Minute Maid Park, a basketball enthusiast rooting for the Rockets at the Toyota Center, a football fanatic supporting the Texans at NRG Stadium, or a soccer fan pulling for the Dynamo, the city’s vibrant sports culture is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

6. Experience the Magic of The Houston Zoo:

By far one of the most underrated parts of Houston is their amazing zoo! Embark on a wild adventure where you can encounter exotic animals from around the globe. Home to over 6,000 animals representing more than 900 species, the expansive zoo offers a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages. 

From majestic lions and playful elephants to colorful tropical birds and slithering reptiles, every corner of the zoo is teeming with life. Be sure to check out special exhibits and animal encounters for an up-close and personal experience you won’t soon forget.

7. Immerse Yourself in the Arts at The Houston Theater District:

Step into the spotlight at The Houston Theater District, one of the largest and most vibrant cultural centers in the country. Home to world-class performing arts venues such as the Wortham Theater Center, the Alley Theatre, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the district offers a rich tapestry of theatrical performances, musicals, dance recitals, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned theater buff or a casual spectator, a night out in The Houston Theater District is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

8. Shop ’til You Drop at The Galleria:

Calling all shopaholics – The Galleria is your ultimate destination for retail therapy in Houston. This upscale shopping mall boasts over 400 stores, including luxury brands, department stores, and specialty boutiques, making it the largest shopping center in Texas. Whether you’re in the market for designer fashion, high-end cosmetics, or unique gifts and souvenirs, The Galleria has something for every style and budget.

Make Houston Your Next Vacation Destination

As you can see, Houston is a city bursting with energy, culture, and endless possibilities. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an outdoor enthusiast, or a culture vulture, you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do in this vibrant metropolis. 

And Unwind has exactly what you need for lodging. Stay right in the heart of Rice Village and be minutes away from every incredible experience Houston has to offer.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Houston adventure today and prepare to be captivated by all that this incredible city has to offer.

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