Sports fanatics, theatre buffs, nature enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs will all find countless things to see and do on their weekends in Houston. Though Houston’s relative youth as a city doesn’t lend itself to grand, historic facades or memorials to past achievements, it does mean that an impressive collection of modern and entertaining sightseeing is the order of the day.

Attractions in Houston

Downtown Aquarium

A six-acre aquatic wonderland, the Downtown Aquarium features over 200 different species of aquatic life from around the world, such as alligators, red-bellied piranhas, sharks and stingrays, among others. Downtown Aquarium is committed to conservation and aims to teach its visitors the importance of protecting and respecting the environment. There’s also a full-service restaurant on site.

Discovery Green

This 12-acre park in the centre of downtown Houston is a public space with oodles of potential. There’s a one-acre lake, a children’s playground, a public library, an amphitheatre, as well as dog runs and art exhibits. Not to mention, there’s little better than relaxing on the open lawn or strolling along the paths and trails. Stop at The Grove, the park’s rooftop restaurant, for a cocktail while the sun sets.

Bayou Bend

Ima Hogg was a prolific philanthropist who devoted her life to the city’s cultural and civic institutions. Bayou Bend is her former home and the resting place of an astounding collection of art dating from colonial times to the mid-19th century. Alongside the impressive interior of the mansion, the 14 acres of meticulously manicured gardens are also worth a wander.

The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

An outstanding museum with a stunning collection of mineral specimens, dinosaur fossils, a planetarium, an observatory, an IMAX movie theatre and a three-storey butterfly centre. The museum provides a great day out for visitors of all ages. Parents will be as enthralled by the exhibits as their little ones.

Kemah Boardwalk

This boardwalk overlooks Galveston Bay and is full of entertainment options. The 60-acre megaplex offers a whole host of thrilling rides for the kids, as well as some of Houston's top dining and shopping experiences for their parents.