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How to Spend 3 Days in Houston

How to Spend 3 Days in Houston

Three days in Houston gives you enough time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, tour the facilities at NASA, treat your tastebuds to the city’s renowned food scene, and still have time for a day trip to Galveston Island. Here are some ideas for how to maximize your time during a 3-day trip to H-Town.

Day 1: Houston Essentials & Outer Space

Your first day in Houston is all about icons—iconic attractions, foods, and experiences. Start with a guided tour, which might include landmarks such as Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros), Market Square, Hermann Park, the Museum District, Buffalo Bayou, and Downtown. Join a private or small-group tour to learn more about what you’re seeing from a local guide, or take advantage of the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to travel at your own pace. In the afternoon, head south to Space Center Houston, made famous by Apollo 13’s line “Houston, we have a problem.” Tours of the facility let visitors look in on Mission Control and see a real Saturn V rocket, among other space memorabilia. Wrap up your first day by tucking into a famous Houston food, whether it be barbecue, Tex-Mex, or Viet-Cajun seafood.

Day 2: History & Culture

Houston is rich in history and heritage, so set aside a day to explore the culture of the city. One great place to start is the Houston Museum District, a collection of 19 museums in a compact area. Book your admission tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the Museum of Fine Arts, Children’s Museum of Houston, or the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You could easily spend an entire day (or more) in the area, but if you need a break, spend the afternoon touring Houston’s hidden network of underground tunnels or visiting the historic San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas. Each Houston neighborhood has its own unique vibe; explore one of them—choose from downtown, the Heights, Montrose, or Sugar Land—during an evening food tour.

Day 3: Galveston

Now that you’ve explored the best Houston has to offer, take your last day to enjoy a leisurely day trip to Galveston Island. A day spent in this historic city on the Texas Gulf shore might involve touring Victorian homes, browsing shops in the Strand District, soaking up sun on the beach, or cruising the Gulf of Mexico in search of dolphins. Dine on fresh Gulf shrimp with dinner at a Galveston restaurant, or head back to Houston for a night out downtown or a meal at one of the many international restaurants in neighborhoods such as Westheimer, Bellaire, or Hillcroft. 

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NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

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Hitting Houston's top attractions couldn't be easier than on this double-decker sightseeing tour. See top sights around the city like parks, landmarks, and historic districts, and then head to the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a self-guided tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.07
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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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$64.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.85
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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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Private Full-Day Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour

Private Full-Day Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour

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See the top attractions of Houston and Galveston on a full-day tour in a climate-controlled vehicle, which combines the best of the city and coast. Check out Houston landmarks like the Museum District, City Hall, and Discovery Green during a city tour, and learn about the region's history. Then, go to Galveston where you ride the ferry, look for dolphins, view US battleships and historical homes, browse the shops in the Strand District, and more. Your tour includes guide, transportation, admission to one of several select museums, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$520.00
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