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How to Spend 2 Days in Houston

How to Spend 2 Days in Houston

With two days to spend in Texas’ largest city, you have time to see the highlights of downtown and the Museum District, plus learn more about Texas history and the city’s ties to space exploration. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your 48 hours in Houston. 

Day 1: Essential Houston

**Morning:**Start your trip off with a sightseeing tour of the city. Zip around town on a Segway, hit the highlights with a private guide and driver, or listen to narration as you ride the hop-on hop-off bus, with stops in six neighborhoods. Most tours include visits to Hermann Park, the Museum District, Market Square, Buffalo Bayou, and Downtown Houston.

**Afternoon:**Journey back into Texas history at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site and San Jacinto Monument. The 570-foot-tall (174-meter-tall) monument marks the spot where Sam Houston defeated General Santa Anna in the Texas Revolution. Take the elevator to the top for views of the Houston shipping channel, and board the USS Texas, a battleship that served in both World War I and World War II.

**Night:**Treat your tastebuds to a Houston specialty, whether it be Texas barbecue, Tex-Mex, or Viet-Cajun crawfish. If you’re not sure where to start, join a guided food tour through one of the city’s eclectic neighborhoods.

Day 2: Cultural Exploration

**Morning:**Get an early start for a trip to one of Houston’s most famous attractions, Space Center Houston at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Visitors take a tram tour through the facilities, view Mission Control, and see relics from space travel, including full-size rockets, moon rocks, and an Apollo 17 replica. 

**Afternoon:**Spend your afternoon touring some of the 19 museums in the Houston Museum District. Book your tickets ahead to maximize time, whether you visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Children’s Museum of Houston, or the Menil Collection. Alternatively, spend the afternoon soaking up the Texas sun at Kemah Boardwalk.

**Night:**Top off your Houston visit by exploring the darker side of the city’s history during a haunted pub crawl through downtown. Visit several local bars, each housed within a historically significant building, while learning sordid tales from Houston’s past.

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Houston CityPASS

Houston CityPASS

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Maximize your time in the spectacular city of Houston with an indispensable Houston Mobile Ticket. Your mobile ticket includes free admission to five of the city’s premier attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium, the Space Center Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy free entry to two additional attractions of your choice and choose from a variety including the Museum of Fine Arts, home to more than 60,000 artworks, or the Houston Zoo; Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass or the Children's Museum of Houston.
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  • 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour

Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour

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See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this 75-minute loop, hop-on sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall and Houston Zoo. See popular attractions like Market Square, Downtown Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, hopping off to explore further whenever an attraction captures your attention. Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

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Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see the largest dinosaur hall in North America, check out the extensive collection of rare gems, and stop into your choice of permanent exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 4hr Sightseeing Tour

Private 4hr Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Houston on a private, half-day sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to this huge Texas city. Learn about Houston's history as you see Minute Maid Park, Market Square, Midtown, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, the George Bush Monument, Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, the Texas Medical Center, and more. Includes a narrated train ride through Hermann Park that provides a close look at the landscape and cultural institutions like the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science.  If you prefer, skip the train ride for a stop at a pastry shop the glamorous Uptown neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.00
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Downtown Houston Food Tour

Downtown Houston Food Tour

There’s plenty for foodies to get excited about in Houston, with some excellent restaurants, tasty street food, and cuisine from all around the globe. On this walking tour, explore the north Downtown area of Houston and discover the culinary highlights of the warehouse district, Market Square Park, and Main Street. Stop along the way to sample a selection of local favorites, regional specialties, and artisan foods, including Tex-Mex, Greek, and Spanish dishes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Heights Food Tour

The Heights Food Tour

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Houston Heights is an up–and–coming neighborhood that visitors often miss. Discover the area’s history and culture on a food tour that stops at a variety of mom–and–pop shops, eateries, and markets loved by locals. Your guide, who eliminates the hassle of planning and navigating on your own, gives you inside tips and recommendations for the rest of your visit.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

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Due to added safety precautions, you will need a timed ticket to enter and can reserve your time after you book, using the instructions on your ticket. The award-winning Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s most popular family attractions and takes visitors behind-the-scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Filled with interactive exhibitions, multi-media displays, cutting-edge technology, and fascinating space artifacts, there’s something to amaze and entertain all ages.
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  • 1 day
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