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Houston/Downtown

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Downtown is in Houston.

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See

  • Downtown Aquarium, [1]. Situated right on Buffalo Bayou. Not just an aquarium, it has a ferris wheel and other carnival-style rides. 9.25 adult admission, rides cost extra.

Do

  • Houston Symphony Orchestra, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Ave. [2]. Concerts throughout the year including both a classical series and a pops series.
  • Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theatre Center, 510 Preston St., 713-228-6737. [3]. World-class opera in the heart of downtown's Theatre District.
  • Mercury Baroque, Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, 510 Preston St., 713-533-0080. Baroque music for the historical purist.
  • Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby, 713-558-TUTS. Broadway style big theatre productions in one of Houston's newest downtown arts venues.
  • Downtown Houston Tunnels. 25 miles of tunnels run under Downtown Houston with restaurants and retail shops throughout Downtown. Good for a rainy day.

Buy

Eat

  • Irma's, 22 N. Chenevert St., 713-222-0767. A Houston institution! Fun, traditional atmosphere with authentic, unwatered down Tex-Mex cuisine.
  • Houston Pavillions.


Drink

  • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Main at Texas. A staggering variety of beers, some wine, scantily clad staff. $3-$6/pt.

Sleep

  • Best Western Northwest Inn & Suites, 11611 Northwest Freeway, +1 713 290-1400, [4]. checkin: 3PM.
  • Houston Downtown/Convention Center (Courtyard by Marriott), 916 Dallas St., 8323661600. Experience old-style luxury in the Courtyard Houston Downtown Hotel by Marriott, housed in the stunning 1921 Humble Oil Building. Downtown Houston hotel is walking distance or a free shuttle ride to the Minute Maid Park, the Convention Center and the Theatre Districts and is a short ride on the Metro Light Rail to the Reliant Center and Museum District. Enjoy free high-speed internet access as well as valet parking.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

  • Alden Hotel, 1117 Prairie Street, (832) 200 8800, [5]. Boasts a modern minimalist interior and is one of Houston's top boutique luxury hotels.
  • Hotel Icon, 220 Main St. (Congress St.), (713) 224-ICON, [6]. This boutique hotel features award winning dining, extensive meeting facilities, and a luxury day spa.

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