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Why fly to Houston?
It is a city where space adventures are real and big dreams come true. Houston is the home of NASA and with that has become home to some of the greatest aeronautic minds in the world and also where the hopes of young astronauts are directed.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the whole of the United States and the largest city in its home state of Texas. Houston is a dynamic hub for business and a cultural surprise. It is home to top class galleries and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History.
The Museum of Natural Science is not just a museum but also an indoor rainforest with a butterfly conservatory that takes you out of the city and truly into a far off land. Exhibits at the museum include a focus on dinosaurs, which may be particularly fun for young dinosaur-enthusiasts in your family.
The city is crazy about its sports with baseball a particular favorite. Purchase a ticket for a game at the Houston Astrodome to see how big sports fans provide big support for their hometown team, making it a big and fun experience for you. The city is also a golfers' paradise with more than 150 golf courses spread out across the city and its outskirts.
Houston is known for many things, did you know bat's is one of them? The city has the second largest bat colony in the state of Texas. Several hundred thousand bats live under a major city bridge and after night falls, their escapades make for a fantastic sight.
Houston temperatures are warm throughout the year but extreme weather is quite possible for at least half the year. The city is susceptible to tornadoes during the late summer as well as hurricanes from the very beginning of summer right into fall. From May to October the weather is extremely hot with temperatures hitting the mid 30s. The numbers ease up in the winter months dropping to between 5 and 15. There have been cases where temperatures have fallen below 0 but that is the exception and not the norm.
When to fly to Houston
Houston's status as a business hub means flights to Houston are usually quite full. Holidayers and snowbirds snap up flight tickets in December and January. The March holiday break also makes for a busy time in the city.
Summer is hot and humid and not particularly the most popular time to visit the city, but it is when you can get some great deals on flight tickets, if you try for early spring you may also find tickets at lower fares.
Getting into Houston
The major airport in the city is George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is located approximately 40 minutes north of the city. From the airport you can take an airport shuttle, bus or grab a taxi to take you into the city.
Getting around Houston
The best way to get around the whole of Houston is by car as many of the sites are spread out all over the city. However, if you're staying in downtown and don't plan to go out further you can easily walk the whole center. There is also bus and light rail service available downtown.
- A visit to the NASA Space Center means a close look at one of the most incredible facilities in the world. You will have a chance to actually feel like you're in space through simulations and the tram tour through the center is just a fascinating learning experience regardless of how old you are. You may even grab a glimpse of astronauts in training.
- The city's Orange Show Monument is cause for down home local pride and it is one of those things that you just have to see to believe. It is a hobby creation raised by a local. The monument is made up of crazy mazes, dangling balconies as well as unusual exhibits within the whole hullabaloo.
- Visit the Airline Farmers' Market to pick up fruits and vegetables that may be difficult to find elsewhere in the city. The market opens up at 6 a.m., which can give you a chance to head out there early and talk to some of the locals running the place about the city before it gets too busy.
- The Museum of Fine Arts' special Bayou Bead Collection deserves a visit for its interesting and unique decorative artists. After your visit to the museum you can meander out on the property grounds which are considered one of the largest organic public gardens in the state.
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