Just north of the original downtown and formerly the site of warehouses and industry lies the Warehouse District. A short-lived attempt to market the area as NoHo (NOrth of HOuston, get it) died a well-deserved death and no good, short, snappy name has yet to fully permeate the collective consciousness of Houston, so you might run into more than a few locals who don't recognize the name. Loft conversions and trendy residents are the rule in this area, nowadays, but there's still some good eats and nightlife to be found.
Chase Tower Observatory 600 Travis Street. The sky lobby on the 60th floor of the building is the observatory and free during business hours. The Chase Tower is the tallest building in Texas and the tallest five-sided building in the world.
Discovery Green Park Discovery Green opened April 13, 2008. The downtown Houston park is located across Avenida de las Americas from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel. Toyota Center, Houston Center and Minute Maid Park are only blocks away.
Diverse Works, 1117 E. Freeway (N. Main at Naylor), ☎ 713-223-8346 (Tickets@diverseworks.org), . noon-6 We-Sa. Alternative artwork center.Varies, some free..
Downtown Aquarium, . 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.
Downtown Tunnel System The majority of Downtown Houston's buildings are connected by an intertwining, complex tunnel system. Scores of lunch restaurants and easy access to building entrances from underground keep Houston's workforce primarily underground during the day. Only open during the weekdays, the tunnels are an interesting spectacle to observe, but try to avoid getting lost.
Houston Symphony Orchestra, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Ave. . 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. . 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.
Events & Festivals
Bayou City Art Festival-  Built on an 8/10 mile asphalt loop surrounded by lush trees, foliage, and picnic areas, the annual fine art event boasts a stress-free outdoor gallery brimming with 300 artists working in 19 artistic media.
FotoFest Exhibitions and art installations, film and video programs, lectures and forums.
Houston Children's Festival is the largest celebration for children in the United States. The Houston Children's Festival offers over 350 events packed into a couple of hectic days.
The Houston International Festival (AKA iFest)  Annual international festival featuring juried arts, crafts, food, music, games and events for adults and children.
Latino Book & Family Festival-  Hosts a world class array of panels, authors, celebrities and entertainment for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
Magick Cauldron, 2424 Montrose Blvd (On Montrose Blvd. between Hyde Park and Fairview.), ☎ (713) 523-0069, . Mon.thru Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. A one-stop shop for incense, crystals, magic candles, herbs, spell ingredients, pagan jewelry, and anything else regarding the supernatural one might need. Even if you're don't practice any magick you can still find a plethora of interesting things. Limited parking available.
Irma's, 22 N. Chenevert St., ☎ 713-222-0767. A Houston institution! Fun, traditional atmosphere with authentic, unwatered down Tex-Mex cuisine.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Main at Texas. A staggering variety of beers, some wine, scantily clad staff.$3-$6/pt.
Best Western Northwest Inn & Suites, 11611 Northwest Freeway, ☎ +1 713 290-1400, . checkin: 3PM.
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Convention Center, 916 Dallas Street, ☎ 8323661601, . Only 10 minues from Hoby Airport, and 30 miles from Galveston, this hotel is located right in the middle of Downtown Houston.$189-$239.