Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas 

Houston Area Attractions

Houston has emerged as one of the great cities of the 21st century. A large, cosmopolitan city with a small town feel, Houston is unique among other major cities due to its southern hospitality and can-do attitude. As the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston, Texas is a leader in business, entertainment, the arts, and more. From professional sports to outdoor fun to an out-of-this-world space experience and incredible dining- it’s all here!

You could spend 365 days in Houston, Texas and still not experience everything this city has to offer. With great restaurants, easy downtown transportation via trolley and light rail, and one of the finest convention centers in the country, Houston is the perfect choice. Stroll around our Museum District, where you'll find not only 11 institutions, but the excellent Houston Zoo, the Rose Garden at Hermann Park, and depending on the time of year, a free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tour NASA and Space Center Houston or catch the performing arts of our ballet, opera, symphony, or theater in our downtown Theater District. From world-class museums and theaters to family-friendly destinations, you'll find what you're looking for in Houston, TX. Click here for more information on Houston area attractions.

More information can be found at Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and at the Greater Houston Partnership.

Houston Texas Demographics

Houston, Texas is among the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan areas. If the City of Houston were a state, it would rank 36th in population. The 10-county Houston region is the nation's seventh most populous metro area. Were it a state, it would rank 21st, ahead of Minnesota and behind Wisconsin.

The Houston region, where more than 5 million people call home, is comprised of 10 counties: Montgomery, Harris, San Jacinto, Chambers, Fort Bend, Liberty, Austin, Waller, Galveston and Brazoria. More information can be found at: Houston Metro Demographics.

Houston Weather

Almost Unlimited Sunshine! Nestled in the heart of the Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas has almost perpetual perfect weather year round. Our Northern friends all flock here in the middle of winter to play golf on our sun-drenched courses. They can't do that in Chicago!

Houston's average year-round temperature is 69.6 degrees. And with an annual precipitation rate of 45.74 inches, it's a safe bet that your days in Houston, TX will be clear and mild.

Highs in the summer can reach the 90s, but the flip side is that lows in the winter rarely dip below freezing. January is the region's coldest month, but even then the average temperature is about 50 degrees (…Houston averages about 18 days a year when the thermometer drops below 32).

Prevailing wind in the Bayou City is south-southeasterly at a mean speed of 7.7 mph. Check it out at: Houston Weather!

Houston Health Care

Houston, Texas sets the pace for health care research, education and patient care with the Texas Medical center at the forefront of technology. The Houston region is an example to the global community of how health care gets done. It includes more than 10,000 practicing physicians, 99 hospitals, and 18,000 hospital beds, and clinics and convalescent homes are plentiful. The Texas Medical Center alone includes 13 renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and virtually all health-related careers.

Things To Do In Houston, Texas

Whether you looking for weekend of fishing or a happening summer festival, the Houston region has a lot to offer. The region has exciting events nearly every weekend. From funky street festival or relaxing day of fishing on the lake, Houston's variety of events and outdoor activities guarantee you'll find something to pique your interest.

Houston Events

Houston, Texas hosts a myriad of annual events including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Bayou City Art Festival, US Clay Court Tennis Championship, Houston International Festival, Texas Renaissance Festival and many others. Check out the Houston Annual Events and find exact dates at Houston Official Calendar of Events.

Houston Arts & Museums

Houston, Texas is one of the few U.S. cities with resident companies in theater, ballet, symphony and opera, with exciting performances all season long. Additionally, The Houston Museum District is one of the largest museum campuses in the country. More information can be found at Houston Theater District and Houston Museum District.

Houston Sports

Sports are a year-round pastime in the Bayou City. Spring has Houstonians catching Astros' fever, which lasts all through the summer. Fall brings the Texans' first kickoff and the Aeros' first face off. Winter has the Rockets hitting the court. No matter what your sports passion, you'll be able to do more than watch from the comfort of your couch. Tickets to all of Houston's teams are available, giving you a front row seat for all the action.

Houston Recreation

You work hard all week long and you should enjoy your weekends and Houston, TX has thousands of ways and places to help you enjoy your time off. From small neighborhood green spaces to sprawling acres overflowing with amenities, the Houston region's park systems offer fun for every member of your family. The region's more than 650 parks provide ample space for your hiking, biking, and outdoor needs.

Home to the Shell Houston Open, Houston's golf scene is nationally known for being one of the best. Across the region are a variety of municipal and private courses that aim to challenge your game, no matter your playing level.

Galveston Beaches

Head south of the Houston city limits to enjoy the sand and surf. Galveston is the region's beach playground and when you're finished riding the waves and soaking up rays, the city has shops, restaurants, and recreation opportunities galore.