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  • EdinLakeview
    Big Easy10 contributions
    It definitely takes a day or two to see all the exhibits. We went too late and only got to see the Body World exhibit. It was amazing. We will go back to see the rest of the museum.
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • Marie D
    4 contributions
    Minute Maid park is a great stadium. We went on dollar dog night to see the Astros. The hotdogs were delicious.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • volcanogirl
    Texas13,435 contributions
    The MFAH is an excellent museum with something for everyone. It's spread across three large buildings and even the tunnel systems connecting the buildings incorporate art. Don't miss seeing James Turrell's The Light Inside and the fun color tunnel by Cruz-Diez. We're museum members so we're here regularly and enjoy seeing both the permanent collections and the ever rotating exhibits. For this visit, they had the Obama portraits on display. They're unlike any traditional portraits we've ever seen. No oval office, American flag, not even a tie on Obama. His portrait has him sitting in front of a wall of vines and flowers. I enjoyed reading about all of the elements that the artist incorporated. Each flower has symbolism - the African blue lily for his Kenyan heritage, white jasmine for his childhood in Hawaii, chrysanthemums representing the time he spent in Chicago. His portrait is really beautiful and very lifelike with great attention to detail, especially in the hands. The portrait of Mrs. Obama is in stark contrast, a plain muted blue background, not much attention to detail, other than her beautiful dress, and doesn't seem to resemble her. The description said that this particular artist creates archetypes rather than more lifelike portraits that resemble the subjects she's painting. An interesting take on portraiture, we enjoyed seeing them. We also enjoyed strolling around the outdoor sculpture garden across the street from the museum. Don't miss seeing the shiny Cloud Column by Kapoor. Great spot to take photos. You can grab lunch at the little cafe by the sculpture garden. Parking is available for a fee in the MFAH parking garage, and general admission to the museum is free on Thursdays. You could easily spend an entire day here and not see everything this beautiful museum has to offer.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Mangoroni
    San Antonio, TX113 contributions
    The kids favorite part of the museum was weirdly the HEB grocery store, lol. We had to drag them out of there. They also loved the Challenge Course, Power Play and outside area. We went on a weekday afternoon and it was semi crowded. Can't even imagine going there on a weekend.
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • mcgovern2209
    Chicago, IL15 contributions
    Our trip to the Houston Zoo was wonderful! Despite the 97 degree temperature we had a very nice time. There are a lot of shaded areas/walkways which was impressive. Other zoos I have been too are severely lacking shade trees. This zoo flowed nicely from one exhibit to the next and the exhibits are all designed with plenty of viewing areas. It seems you get a bit closer to the wildlife at this zoo because of the way it is designed. There are several air conditioned buildings to view animals also,...so that helped keep us cool as well.
    My only suggestion is to be early to any "keeper talk" or similar event. For example, the website said elephant baths were at 9:30 and sign at zoo said 10:00. But we got there at 9:15 and the baths had already started. I'm glad we arrived early because it was something so cute to see.
    I also liked the enclosures for the animals--all seemed very spacious.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • Jayshree P
    6 contributions
    Great place for kids educational tours! People with aerospace interest will find this place a great time pass.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • Graham S
    3 contributions
    Always a go-to when visiting Houston. Love seeing the new store options and plenty to choose from. Visited Capital One Cafe near Apple Store and tried the new gelato spot as well!
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • littlemte
    Port Orchard, WA7 contributions
    I only visited the butterfly center at the HMNS. I enjoyed it! It was a beautiful setting and very peaceful. the waterfall was a really nice feature. It was an educational experience with lots of great information. The kids seemed to love seeing all the butterflies. There are not so many in there that they land on you a lot like some other Butterfly exhibits I have been to.

    it was a great way to spend an hour or so.

    NOTE FOR THE BUTTERFLY CENTER:
    There was one attendant I saw touching the butterflies and getting them to move and fly. There seemed to be no compelling reason to touch them other than to 'play' with them. The staff uniforms are pretty non-descript so I didn't realize they were an employee. I told her, " I don't think you are meant to be touching the butterflies," she waved her radio at me to indicate she worked there. She told me, "we just tell the kids that,". I only bring this up as it sets an example for other visitors and kids that see that and think it's OK to do the same. If you don't want people to walk around touching the butterflies, the staff probably should leave them alone too.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • Richard Wright
    Oklahoma City, OK6 contributions
    Had a great time at the Toyota Center for spurs-rockets game. It was pretty full because rivalry game but east entrance and we didn’t have to go up any escalators. The arena food was expensive but chicken tenders were good and fresh. The ambiance and arena shows were great and the arena was more modern that what we have in OKC.
    Written 11 March 2022
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  • Desiree G
    32 contributions
    Our experience at Rodeo Houston was absolutely fantastic. I only wish we’d have arrived earlier in order to have more time to enjoy the grounds beforehand! From the atmosphere, to the entertainment, to the fireworks, everything was amazing. The environment was patriotic and inspiring. There is a large screen in the center for viewers who have seats that are too far away to see much detail. The events were well-announced and the pacing was just right with smooth transitions.

    After the rodeo, we stayed for the Khalid concert. Khalid gave an enthusiastic performance — his personality was so friendly and welcoming! He just seemed so happy to be there performing for us. The stage was constantly rotating so that no matter where you were sitting, you got a good view. The best part is, tickets were very affordable and definitely worth the experience.

    Two things I wish I’d known:

    1) Parking is difficult — most people probably know this, but I’m from a small town so I didn’t expect it. After 2 hours of driving around the grounds looking for parking, we found the best option was to drive to a remote parking lot, park there, and take the free shuttle to the NRG stadium. You can find a list of remote parking lots on the Rodeo Houston website.

    2) You don’t have to purchase an entrance to the fairgrounds AND the rodeo. Your rodeo ticket will get you into the fairgrounds.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Chrisinkingwood2
    Houston, TX5,647 contributions
    The NRG Stadium is quite large and includes the stadium and nearby exhibit halls and buildings. We went for the Jurassic Adventure and it was a lot of fun. There was a lot to see and do, interactive displays and rides. My only complaint is that parking is a bit expensive and there are no other nearby alternatives. Wear good shoes as you do a lot of walking at NRG Stadium!
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Tropicalmich
    Indian Shores, FL695 contributions
    We went to this park twice. During the it was nice but just a normal park. After dark it was cool. Filled with activity. You could tell the people that live in the highrises flock here. There were carrage rides and foods trucks. Lots of people enjoyed the evening. Felt very safe.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Marie D
    4 contributions
    This sounds like an odd place to visit. But, it was one of the most interesting places that we have been.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Kelsey O
    4 contributions
    The guided house tour by Lisa was great, got to visit multiple rooms and see antique furnishings and artwork. The rooms were set up as they had been used by Ima Hogg over the years. Learned some new things that I hadn’t seen in other home tours.

    Gardens were nice, the azaleas weren’t blooming as they bloomed earlier in the year but can imagine how beautiful they would be. It made for a nice stroll viewing some of the statues and fountains.
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • Blessed for sure
    Houston, TX7 contributions
    I love the Menial Collection as it is easy in and out and they have so many wonderful artifacts and a docent to share the history about it. I recommend a trip to see this unique museum!
    Written 18 July 2022
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