Welcome to the largest city in the Lone Star State; Houston, Texas! Known for being one of the most vibrant and perseverant cities in the nation, Houston is famous for its commercial innovation, cultural leadership, and historic significance. The six hundred mile area around Houston is one of the most populated areas in the country, with over six million inhabitants!
Houston was founded on the edge of Buffalo Bayou in 1836 by brothers John and Augustus Allen, real estate tycoons looking to settle in the American heartland.
Over the following decades, Houston would become a railroad hub during the California Gold Rush as thousands of prospectors flocked to the West Coast in hopes of striking it rich.
By 1845, less than a decade since its founding, the six thousand acre swathe of land known as Houston had become one of the most populated cities in the country with nearly fifty thousand residents.
Houston began with humble agricultural origins, but soon morphed into an oil boomtown and eventually a regional hub for commercial industry.
Oil was discovered near the turn of the century, and by the Great Depression there were over forty oil companies operating from headquarters in Houston.
During WWII, shipbuilding continued to fuel explosive growth in the Houston area and by 1961, it had become known as a center for technological and scientific achievement, as NASA established operational centers near downtown.
During the 1970’s, rising oil prices helped Houston to grow explosively by
over a thousand people a week!
Presently, Houston has redirected its economic basis toward biotechnologies, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace industry, and energy development.
Houston has continued to grow in both size and prosperity, and is today known for being one of the finest cities in the nation in which to live!
Houston’s fantastic Parks and Recreation Department was created in 1916, and today has grown to include nearly forty thousand acres of parkland and green space.
The Department consists of nine separate divisions each working together to maintain the three hundred parks and two hundred green spaces of Houston.
This outstanding urban park sprawls across four hundred and forty-five lush acres of shaded walkways, babbling creeks, skyrocketing fountains, and towering memorials. Hermann Park is one of Houston’s most visited and beloved cultural institutions, serving as home to the Houston Zoo, Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Hermann Golf Course!
6001 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 284-8555
Alexander Deussen Park
The outstanding and historic Deussen Park was presented to the city of Houston
in 1956 by renowned petroleum geologist Alexander Deussen. Presently, the three
hundred acre site consists of numerous fishing ponds, jogging trails,
playgrounds, campsites, pavilions, boat ramps, and educational facilities.
12303 Sonnier Street
Phone: (281) 591-6951
Arthur Storey Park
At over one-hundred and seventy-five acres, Arthur Storey Park offers a myriad of uses to its community. This impressive and award-winning natural space includes a jogging trail, tai-chi court, pavilions, playgrounds, barbeque pits, and exercise facilities.
7400 W Sam Houston Parkway South
Phone: (281) 496-2177
Tom Wussow Park
Escape the summer heat in this eleven acre park’s innovative “spray-ground” water recreation area! Also included in the park are athletic fields, playgrounds, hiking trails, and public pavilions!
500 Greens Rd
Phone: (281) 820-1926
El Franco Lee Park
Organized in an effort to add even more immaculate park land to the already stellar cast of open spaces managed by Houston Park and Recreation, this urban park extends across over three hundred acres and borders a naturalistic wetland. El Franco Lee Park also offers playgrounds, athletic fields of every sort, pavilions, hiking trails, volleyball courts, and concession facilities!
9400 Hall Rd, Houston, TX
Phone: (713) 991-6881
The one hundred and thirty thousand square foot mega-plex known as Bayou Place is a one-stop entertainment paradise complete with theaters, bars, lounges, and upscale eateries. Grab a bite to eat, take in a show, or hit the social scene with your closest friends at this incredible complex of sensational shops, restaurants, and venues culminating in the biggest, most raucous entertainment and dining destination in the Lone Star State!
543 Texas Street
Houston Texas, 77002
Phone: (713) 227-0967
Welcome to one of the most legendary upscale shopping centers in the world! The Galleria includes over three million square feet of premier shopping, dining, and entertainment vendors spread across nearly four hundred retail shops! Each year, one in every ten Americans visits the Galleria, making it one of the busiest and most lucrative complexes in the world. With a sensational multi-level layout and a twenty thousand square foot ice skating rink, the Galleria is truly a spectacle that must be seen to be believed!
5085 Westheimer Road
Phone: (713) 622-0223
Johnson Space Center
Enthusiasts of the outer realms of our solar system will absolutely love the experience offered by this sixteen hundred acre facility known as the headquarters of NASA! Located in southeast Houston, this space center offers visitors the opportunity to tour the campus, soak in simulated zero-gravity, or encounter virtual rocket launches!
1601 Nasa Pkwy
Phone: (281) 244-2105
This collection of nearly five thousand exotic animals is one of the top ten most visited zoos in the nation and offers nearly one thousand different animal species! Originally opened in 1922, this fifty acre campus has grown to include exhibits such as a reptile house, children’s zoo, elephant habitat, and an African forest!
1513 N. Macgregor Drive
Phone: (713) 533-6500
The two miles surrounding Hermann Park contain a collection of museums and historic sites beloved for their comprehensive exhibits. This collection includes the Museum of Fine Arts, boasting fifty-six thousand pieces of innovative visual art. Also nearby are the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the John P. McGovern Health Museum (boasting Houston’s only 4D theater) as well as the Holocaust Museum, Center for Photography, and the Lawndale Art Center!