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About Houston

Houston is the most populated city in Texas and is located toward the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. The city is home to representatives from almost every culture in the world, and is a melting pot that rivals even New York in its diversity. With a thriving urban landscape and sprawling acres of beautiful greenery, the city offers both travelers and locals a melding of great art, food and events, but excellent outdoor spaces, sports and plenty of fresh air.

 

Popular Attractions

The Theater District is a 17-block area in the center of downtown Houston that is home to the Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plazas, and parks. Bayou Place is a large multilevel building containing full-service restaurants, bars, live music, billiards, and Sundance Cinema, and the Bayou Music Center stages live concerts, stage plays, and stand-up comedy. Most famous regional, national and even international artists have performed in Houston at some point during their careers, which makes the city a hub for culture, art and creativity. 

 

Many RVers enter the deep urban area for the Houston Space Center, which is the official visitors' center of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. The center has a number of interactive exhibits including moon rocks, a shuttle simulator, and presentations about the history of NASA's manned space flight program. For world-class shopping, travelers can enjoy spots like the Galleria (Texas's largest shopping mall, located in the Uptown District), Old Market Square, the Downtown Aquarium and the Sam Houston Race Park. Another hugely noteworthy site is the city's Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi Districts. Both areas offer a picturesque view of Houston's multicultural makeup, with excellent restaurants, bakeries, traditional-clothing boutiques, and specialty shops in both areas.

 

Of the 10 most populous U.S. cities, Houston has the most total area of parks and green space clocking in at 56,405 acres, and the city also has over 200 additional green spaces, including the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is a public skatepark owned and operated by the city of Houston, and is one of the largest skateparks in Texas, and the Wet'n'Wild SplashTown is a water park located north of Houston. Some notable parks include the Hermann Park, Terry Hershey Park, Lake Houston Park, Memorial Park, Tranquility Park, Sesquicentennial Park, Discovery Green and the Sam Houston Park. Within Hermann Park are the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Sam Houston Park is especially popular because it contains restored and reconstructed homes which were originally built between 1823 and 1905. Many locals take advantage of these greens paces daily to enjoy excellent biking, hiking, group play, sunset viewing and stargazing. 

 

On an art front, Houston is a powerhouse of creativity, and home to dozens of galleries and murals. Since the city has residents from all over the world, there is a strong and beautiful melding of flavors, sights and cultures, which is reflected in its visual, tactile art-scape. Visitors and locals alike can look forward to studios like Pre-Columbian Art, Latin American Art, The Glassell Collection of Indonesian Gold, Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art and the American Sculpture and Painting. There's also The Glassell Collection of African Gold, Masterworks by Frederic Remington and the Beck Collection. For a tour of heritages around the world, Houston is the best place to be. 

 

Campgrounds and Parks

Houston may be a sprawling metropolis, but it also has stellar regions just beyond the city for camping. One of the towns most popular campgrounds is the Southlake RV Resort which offers quality amenities and attractions a quiet and enjoyable stay. The resort is a 5-star residential RV resorts, where campers can enjoy a stocked fishing lake and luxurious outdoor kitchen facilities, all within a short drive to NRG Stadium. The Southlake RV Resort provides you with access to a business center, professional-grade laundry facilities, and exercise equipment all on-site. Conveniently located between Downtown Houston, Clear Lake and NASA and with easy access to Houston’s Museum District, great shopping, site seeing and dining is never far away. A large town like Houston is also expected to be home to excellent public campgrounds, and this is definitely the city's reality. For travelers looking to enjoy public parks, there's hundreds of local campsites, some are full hookups, others partial, tent only and equestrian, but regardless of RVers' preferences, there's guaranteed to be dozens of sites and choices to love.

 

Events

With a city as large and diverse as Houston, there's no shortage of excellent local events for visitors and locals like to take advantage of. There are both annual and frequent happenings, and some of the best yearly events include: Texas Lunar New Year Houston, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and the Bayou City Art Festival. There's also the Art Car Parade, Houston Dragon Boat Festival, Pasadena Strawberry Festival and the Caribbean Heritage Month Festival. A number of ongoing events occur each month, including the Summer Music Festival, Summer Russian Bazaar, Fulshear Farmers' Market, and Kemah Father's Day Market and Strolling Saturdays with excellent live musicians walking the streets and bringing great music to pedestrians and businesses. 

And of course, for weekly fun among residents and easy-going adventures for out-of-towners, there's happenings like the Barnstorm Dance Fest, Twenty Minutes to Save the World Mystery, Freaky Friday Musical and the The Rite of Spring dance performance. 

  

Places to Eat

For food, there's no place in Texas quite like Houston. With authentic flavors from Africa, Mexico, Japan, France, Italy, China, the Caribbean and other places, travelers will be blown away by the options available for sampling local cuisine. Popular eateries include: Hugo's, Caracol Restaurant, Uchi and the Etoile Cuisine Et Bar. There's also the Mala Sichuan Bistro, Holley's, Coltivare Pizza & Garden. Houston is also known for its abundance of wineries and breweries, so a tour and taste of local spirits and brews, campers can try the Karbach Brewing Co., Braman Winery and Braman Brewery, Solaro Urban Winery Houston and 8th Wonder Brewery. 

 

History and Landmarks

With such a rich culturally mix and history, Houston is filled with historical sites and museums. Among them, the Museum of Fine Arts, San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History, the Menil Collection and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Travelers can also enjoy the Russian Cultural Center, the Health Museum and the Heritage Society. For the strictly art-based museums and galleries, the city benefits from a revolving composition of work, with new, relevant exhibits being presented periodically.  

  

Sports

Houston has sports teams for every major professional league except the National Hockey League, and as a result, there's plenty of locations and stadiums for enjoying local sports games. The Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets), are located in downtown Houston, and the city is home to the NFL's first retractable-roof stadium with natural grass, NRG Stadium (home of the Texans). The city has hosts several major professional and college sporting events, including the annual Houston Open golf tournament, the annual Houston College Classic baseball tournament every February and the Texas Bowl in December. And for sports racing fans, the Grand Prix of Houston, an annual auto race on the IndyCar Series circuit is held on a 1.7-mile temporary street circuit in Reliant Park.