We have a lot of family in Houston and we visit here quite a bit. I have spent many a year in this city and can tell you honestly that despite its size and spreading limits, it isn't a bad place. One of the highlights of visiting here is the fact that there is always something to do and you certainly have your pick of DELICIOUS foods (a restaurant on every corner). For those who are traveling in for just a weekend and want to cram a few field trips in, the Houston Ship Channel, the Houston Zoo, and NASA are some of my favorites. I am fond of the pretty Woodlands area (hate that the city is continually destroying all the lovely pine forests in the North). The Galleria is a nice hopping area as well... and shopping areas in Houston are literally EVERYWHERE. For more attractions of interest within the city limits, click the title under this post.
Because we homeschooled in Houston for a while, we have taken quite a few field trips around town and the surrounding areas. Usually, when we are in town, we just hang out with family and enjoy dining out. While we were schooling here, however, we never ran out of fun things to do. Even though the terrain is flat and it isn't the most beautiful landscape, the Houston area is definitely worth visiting.
Here are some quick facts about H-town:
- Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.
- Founded in 1836, the City of Houston has a population of 1.9 million.
- Houston metro area's population of 4.8 million is 10th largest among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.
- Houston has professional teams representing every major sport.
- More than 38 million people each year fly in and out of Houston's two major airports: Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby.
- Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. Houston has more than 11,000 restaurants.
- Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City in terms of a concentration of seats in a single geographic area. Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats.
- Houston has a unique museum district offering a range of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions, including the Houston's major museums.
- Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts.
- More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.
- Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The largest rodeo in the world, it attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year.
- Houston has a young population; 37 percent of Houstonians are 24 years old or younger and 34 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44.
- Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions - offering higher education options to suit all interests.
- Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.
- Home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,000 energy related firms.
- Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. Companies headquartered in Houston include Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Corp and Dynegy.
- The Port of Houston ranks as the nation's largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage.
- Houston has the most affordable housing of 10 most populated metropolitan areas; Houston housing costs are 39 percent below the average of 26 U.S. urban populations of more than 1.5 million.
- Houston has the second lowest cost of living among major American cities.
As you can see, the Bayou City has more to offer than you might have thought.
Next time I post, I'll be somewhere else in the Lone Star State... happy trails!
Info from the City of Houston.
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