Hotels in Houston near the Museum District put you close to numerous museums, including the nationally recognized Children's Museum of Houston. The nearby Houston Museum of Natural Science houses an IMAX Theater, planetarium, and butterfly center. Mix up museum hopping with visits to the tennis courts, pool, and winter ice rink at Memorial Park and Discovery Green Park. Finally, learn some more about the Wild West at the American Cowboy Museum.
You will need to rent a car in Houston if you want to see everything from the shopping at the Galleria to the NASA Space Center Houston, which is actually outside of the city limits.
Festivals and Events
Year-round festivals and events are one of the perks of Houston's larger-than-life presence. If you want to plan Houston vacations around some of the best known events, consider coming at the end of February for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. While it's not the only BBQ fest in the Houston annual calendar, it is one of the largest, spanning three days with trophies applauding winners in four different categories of meat. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is another favorite for locals, and you will certainly get swept up in the thrill of roping and riding when you experience the festival, which dates back to 1932. Held over several weeks in March, you have plenty of dates to choose from when booking Houston vacation packages. Use Travelocity to select Houston packages as you soon as you choose dates to fly into Houston, and save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time.