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Space Center Houston that displays 400 space artifacts and exhibits is Houston areas top attractions for local and international visitors. Space Center Houston is a science museum and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The museum has world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view.
Located in Hermann Park, Houston Zoo is the second most visited zoo in the United States. The 55-acre zoo is home to over 6,000 animals from 900 species. Houston Zoo exhibits includes African Forest, Bird Habitats, Bug House, Elephant Habitat, Reptile and Amphibian House, Children's Zoo, and Sea lions. Other attraction of the zoo is Wildlife Carousel fun ride located at Children's Zoo area.
Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is a natural history museum of Houston, Texas. The museum located near Hermann Park features four floors of natural science halls and exhibits. It also includes Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and IMAX Theatre. Permanent Exhibitions of the museum include Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall, Cabinet of Curiosities, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Everyday Faberge, Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife, George W. Strake Hall of Malacology, Hall of Ancient Egypt, Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology, Herzstein Foucault Pendulum, John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas, Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault, Morian Hall of Paleontology, Welch Hall of Chemistry, and Wiess Energy Hall. The Cockrell Butterfly Center features a 3-story glass structure with 50-foot waterfall. The museum offers free admission on Thursdays for entry to permanent exhibitions only.
Children's Museum of Houston (CMH) is one of the most visited children's museums in the United States. The museum located in the Museum District offers interactive exhibits for children of all ages. The museum exhibits include Tot*Spot for age 0-2, EcoStation and Kidtropolis for age 2+. It includes Cyberchase, FlowWorks, Heart and Seoul, hand-on investigations, Workshop, and Matter Factory for age 3+. Children of age 4+ can enjoy Genius Station and Sights Unseen while age 5+ can enjoy Challenge Course and PowerPlay. SECRET Spy Game is new exhibit for age 6+. Maker Annex and Power Science Lab offer age 8+ opportunity to take creativity and ingenuity to the next level. You can also celebrate birthday party at CMH with party packages. The museum offers free admission to everyone every Thursday night, 5 pm - 8 pm.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) located in the Houston's Museum District features three gallery buildings and a sculpture garden. Collection of the museum include 70,000 works of art from around the world. It includes American Painting & Sculpture; Antiquities; Art of the Islamic Worlds; Arts of Africa, and the Indigenous Pacific Islands, Australia, and the Americas; Arts of Asia; Bayou Bend; Decorative Arts, Craft & Design; European Art; Film; Latin American Art; Modern & Contemporary Art; Photography; Prints & Drawings; Rienzi; Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation; and The Straus Collection.
Downtown Aquarium is an aquarium and restaurant located on a 6-acre site in the heart of downtown Houston. The aquarium is home to over 300 species of aquatic life from around the world. The restaurant includes floor to ceiling 150,000 gallon aquarium with spectacular views of reticulated rays, moray eels, giant groupers that weigh over 250 pounds, shovel-nosed guitarfish and a very rare napoleon wrasse from Australia. Aquarium restaurant offers a variety of seafood specialties and views of aquarium. The facility also includes a bar, ballroom, and shopping. Other attractions and fun rides include Shark Voyage, Diving Bell Ferris Wheel, Aquatic Carousel, Lighthouse Dive, Frog Hopper, and Aqua Wheel.
Hermann Park is a 445-acre free urban park located minutes from downtown Houston. The park is one of Houston's oldest public parks that includes Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and the Hermann Park Golf Course. With so much to enjoy, the park has McGovern Lake, Railroad, Pedal Boats, Cafe, and Playground.
Memorial Park is the largest municipal park of Houston, Texas. The 1,500 acres urban park is located inside the 610 loop. Memorial Park is popular for walking and running throughout year. The park also includes Memorial Park Golf Course, Memorial Park Tennis Center, Memorial Park pool and fitness center, and Memorial Park ballfields. The 18-hole golf course is one of the best municipal golf course of Houston area. The Memorial Park Tennis Center features 18 courts, a practice wall, lockers, and shower facilities. The 33-meter rectangular Memorial Park Pool is free outdoor pool. The pool remains open during summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Memorial Park Fitness Center includes variety of free-weight and resistance equipment, lockers, and shower facilities. Memorial Park also has designated picnic loop with tables for outdoor picnicking.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center located on the edge of Memorial Park offers five miles of walking trails winding through forest, wetland, prairie, and savanna habitats. The 155-acre urban nature sanctuary provides opportunity to learn about the natural environment to people of all ages. The arboretum protects native plants and animals. The center also includes Discovery Room that offers hands-on interactive exhibits and activities. There is no admission fee to visit Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The arboretum offers packages to celebrate private events such as weddings and birthday parties.
Discovery Green is a 12-acre urban park located in Downtown Houston. The park is adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center and nearby places include Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, GreenStreet and Houston Center. Discovery Green park is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm and admission is free. Plenty of parking options available to visitors including metered street parking and parking garages. Discovery Green park features jogging trail, kinder lake, performance space, playground for kids, and dog runs. The Gateway Fountain with 14-foot high arcing jets is a popular attraction for children. The fountain is open on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Discovery Green is also known for hosting free events, afternoon concerts, and workshops for kids throughout year.