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Houston is a diverse and multicultural city with large Asian American, African American and Latino populations. The city has an eclectic mix of museums and art, shopping and has quickly become a food destination.

Downtown Houston is the centre for finance and commerce. It is also home to a very large theatre district with world class organizations like Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony. Lower Westheimer has a large number of antique stores and fashion shops. Nightlife is centred on Pacific Street and the surrounding areas.

Located south east of downtown are many good attractions like the Rice University, Hermann Park and Reliant Stadium. Rice Village is a concentrated area of shopping, bars and restaurants. The Galleria Area or Uptown is famous for the Williams Tower and the large shopping mall complex.

River Oaks has beautiful mansions, good Art Deco architecture and the River Oaks Shopping Centre. The area is home to a vibrant nightlife and great restaurants. Houston has 337 parks including Sam Houston Park, Discovery Green, Tranquillity Park, Lake Houston Park and Hermann Park. Hermann Park includes a number of good attractions itself like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Houston Zoo.

Houston celebrates its diverse cultures through many annual events. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the longest running and the largest annual event. The Pride Parade is another large event. Other annual events in the city include the Bayou City Art Festival, Houston International Festival, Houston Auto Show, Art Car Parade and Houston Greek Festival.

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1. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
1601 NASA Road 1
What is it? The visitor's Space Center is attached to the headquarters of America's manned space programme, Nasa's 'Mission Control' that directs the space shuttle project and guided the pioneering astronauts. The Space Center, Houston's most popular tourist attraction, is located at Clear Lake, 20 miles (32km) southeast of downtown, off the Gulf freeway I-45. There are numerous wonders to behold at this facility, which both entertains and educates, from a mock-up of a space shuttle to an Imax theatre and hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Tram tours run every half hour taking in the highlights, including Rocket Park where retired spacecraft come to rest, Mission Control and even astronauts in training. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm (June), 9am to 7pm (July), 10am to 5pm (August); weekends 10am to 7pm. Winter hours are 10am to 5pm, closing at 6pm on weekends Phone:(281) 244 2100



2. Museum District
What is it? Set within a scenic part of central Houston is the city's Museum District, featuring 11 varied and interesting institutions and numerous restaurants set among some lovely green spaces like Hermann Park. One of the highlights in the area is the Byzantine Fresco Chapel on the corner of Branard and Yupon Streets containing 13th century frescoes from Cyprus. There is also a children's museum, contemporary arts museum and the Houston Holocaust Museum. One of the most interesting museums in the district is the Museum of Health and Medical Science, which features a walk-through re-creation of the human body. The Menil Museum has a collection of contemporary, surrealistic and 20th century art in an interesting building at Sul Ross. In Hermann Park is the comprehensive Museum of Natural Science and Planetarium, the Houston Zoo and a Japanese Garden. Hours of Operation: Various Phone:(713) 437 5200 (Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau)



3. The Orange Show
2402 Munger Street
What is it? For a touch of the bizarre call at the Orange Show to see how obsession can become art. A former postman spent 26 years of his life assembling a collection of weird and wonderful objects and meshing them together into a labyrinth of passages and staircases, almost all of it orange. The result is a quirky curiosity, which is billed as 'folk art'. Hours of Operation: Wednesday to Friday 9am to 1pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm (31 May to 6 September). Saturday and Sunday only 12pm to 5pm (20 March to 31 May and 6 September to mid-December) Phone:(713) 926 6368



Houston holidays - Top Events


1. Rodeo and Livestock Show

From 2007-02-27

To 2007-03-18

What is it? Houston's raunchy rodeo is the largest in the world, and its accompanying livestock fair second in size only to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. This three-week spectacular not only includes the world-beater rodeo competition and about 35,000 livestock entered in different categories, but it also offers hundreds of other agricultural-related activities from pig races to pony rides, and premier concert entertainment. Where is it? Reliant Park



2. Houston Children's Festival

From 2007-03-31

To 2007-04-01

What is it? This major family fun event has become one of the biggest children's events in America, designed to bring out the child in everyone. The weekend-long festival includes 14 family 'adventure zones', all offering themed rides, games, activities, crafts, exhibits and sports. There are also several music stages pumping out ongoing entertainment, from health and fitness demonstrations to techno and karaoke. The Festival is organised by Child Advocates Incorporated and is in aid of abused children. Where is it? Various venues in downtown Houston



3. Houston International Festival

From 2007-04-20

To 2007-04-29

What is it? Each year a different country has the opportunity to be highlighted at Houston's massive celebration of international culture (China in 2007). Houstonians love festivities, and this is one of the city's biggest and best, filling two weekends and 20 downtown blocks with music on outdoor stages, street performers, ethnic food stalls, craft booths and art exhibits. Dancing in the streets, fun and games and people-watching are the order of the day. Where is it? Stretches across 16 acres of parks and streets around Tranquility and Sam Houston Parks, downtown Houston.



4. Buffalo Bayou Regatta

From 2007-03-24

To 2007-03-24

What is it? Houston's Buffalo Bayou, the 9 waterway that weaves through downtown, beckons visitors and locals alike to join in the fun at the annual canoe and kayak regattas, and Dragon Boat Festival. The serious racing is complemented by a hilarious 'Anything that floats' race, a relaxing picnic in Sesquicentennial Park, educational environment and nature demonstrations, and a trash pick-up with prizes. Where is it? Sesquicentennial Park on Houston's waterfront



5. Houston International Jazz Festival



What is it? Summertime in Houston is made even hotter during the first weekend of August when a variety of international jazz performers take over at Bayou Place for the annual Houston International Jazz Festival. Whether you prefer your jazz in Latin, contemporary or smooth mode, it is catered for at the Festival. It marks the start of a month-long citywide focus on jazz during which local clubs offer promotions and lectures, and radio stations focus on the popular music genre. Where is it? Bayou Place




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