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Old 08-26-2018, 10:33 AM
 
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Hello, I am bringing my daughter & exchange student to Houston. We will only have 2 full days & one 1/2 day. we are doing The Houston Space center, The downtown Aquarium, The zoo, Museum of Natural Science, and Kemah Boarkwalk. (we have already done galventson). Can you help me get a game plan on what we need to pair with what, to see as much as we can in such a short trip. We are ok with getting to kemah later in the day since it can be done at night as well. we ar enot from the area, and Im not sure how to plan them out, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:36 AM
 
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Skip the Downtown Aquarium. It is not a real Aquarium and it's nothing special especially if you went to the one in Galveston already. Maybe do the Museum of Fine Arts instead.
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Old 08-26-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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Agree. Skip Aquarium.
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Old 08-26-2018, 12:34 PM
 
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Aquarium is the biggest joke in this city
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Old 08-26-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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Let me be the 4th to add on this thread.......Skip the aquarium downtown. It's not a real aquarium, it's essentially just a bigger version of the Aquarium restaurant at the Kemah Boardwalk, which you say you're going to anyway. If you want to spend some time downtown, maybe try and hit Discovery Green or an Astros game if they are at home one of those days.

You'll want to combine the Kemah Boardwalk with Space Center Houston, as they are a 10 minute drive apart. Also, if you are coming on a weekend, Kemah is noticeably less busy on Friday nights as compared to Saturday nights, so you may want to plan accordingly.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:01 PM
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Hello, I am bringing my daughter & exchange student to Houston. We will only have 2 full days & one 1/2 day. we are doing The Houston Space center, The downtown Aquarium, The zoo, Museum of Natural Science, and Kemah Boarkwalk. (we have already done galventson). Can you help me get a game plan on what we need to pair with what, to see as much as we can in such a short trip. We are ok with getting to kemah later in the day since it can be done at night as well. we ar enot from the area, and Im not sure how to plan them out, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
Head to the Boardwalk after the Space Center. That should fill up most of a day. NASA is about 25 miles from downtown and Kemah is another 5 miles down the road.

The Museum of Fine Arts, a few blocks from the Museum of Natural Science is nice. But if you want a "lighter" museum experience, you could go by the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. Its free and one of the finest small art museums in the country. You could have lunch that day at the Rice Village. Its about 20 blocks running roughly from University and Kirby to Greenbriar and Sunset. There are nice views of the city from the top of the parking garages there. There is a variety of about 30 restaurants. The drive down Main to University or down Sunset to Greenbriar from the Museum of Natural Science is very nice. The Mecom Fountain is right across from the Museum. There is a waterwall fountain on Bertner a couple blocks east of Main St. in the center of the Texas Medical Center.

Do the zoo in the morning. It can get pretty warm.


If you are downtown, be aware that there is a miles long tunnel system connecting most of the office buildings. That is where the majority of the lunch places are if you decide not to eat at the Aquarium.

Drives:
Memorial Drive from Beltway 8 to downtown, especially the last stretch from 610 to downtown. Nice homes in pine filled neighborhoods further out, Memorial Park and skyline view closer in.

Willowick/Inwood from San Felipe to Kirby-River Oaks neighborhood-Houston's old money.

University Drive from Main St. to Wesleyan. Nice homes in West University.

Bellaire Blvd. from Gessner to Kirkwood is Houston's main China town. Its a Houston style China town-miles of stripe centers filled with Chinese and Vietnamese businesses.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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You definitely won't want to hurry through the Museum of Natural Science or Butterfly Center! Check it out on line to see what the current exhibits are. Go to the zoo as soon as it opens in the morning before the daytime heat sets in. The Museum of Fine Arts (it's huge) would be another place to visit. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time navigating Houston area streets/freeways due to traffic and construction zones...you just can't rush things. Parking fees in Houston are a shock to many out-of-towners.



You didn't mention the dates you'll be here or ages of the kids you're bringing. Football (pro and college), baseball and soccer games are possibilities (check out the amazingly varied food options at the pro stadiums). If the youngsters have an interest in the performing arts, the season cranks up in early September with world-class theater, music, ballet, opera.


Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Use sunblock when out-of-doors. Keep hydrated. And don't bother with the downtown Aquarium.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Head to the Boardwalk after the Space Center. That should fill up most of a day. NASA is about 25 miles from downtown and Kemah is another 5 miles down the road.

The Museum of Fine Arts, a few blocks from the Museum of Natural Science is nice. But if you want a "lighter" museum experience, you could go by the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. Its free and one of the finest small art museums in the country. You could have lunch that day at the Rice Village. Its about 20 blocks running roughly from University and Kirby to Greenbriar and Sunset. There are nice views of the city from the top of the parking garages there. There is a variety of about 30 restaurants. The drive down Main to University or down Sunset to Greenbriar from the Museum of Natural Science is very nice. The Mecom Fountain is right across from the Museum. There is a waterwall fountain on Bertner a couple blocks east of Main St. in the center of the Texas Medical Center.

Do the zoo in the morning. It can get pretty warm.


If you are downtown, be aware that there is a miles long tunnel system connecting most of the office buildings. That is where the majority of the lunch places are if you decide not to eat at the Aquarium.

Drives:
Memorial Drive from Beltway 8 to downtown, especially the last stretch from 610 to downtown. Nice homes in pine filled neighborhoods further out, Memorial Park and skyline view closer in.

Willowick/Inwood from San Felipe to Kirby-River Oaks neighborhood-Houston's old money.

University Drive from Main St. to Wesleyan. Nice homes in West University.

Bellaire Blvd. from Gessner to Kirkwood is Houston's main China town. Its a Houston style China town-miles of stripe centers filled with Chinese and Vietnamese businesses.
Note: the Menil may be closed for several months due to renovation. The tunnel system is pretty much closed on weekends and at night.
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:17 PM
 
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You must have City Pass. NASA and Kemah are one full day destinations. Kemah depends on the age of the kids and if they enjoy the rides. Zoo is a half day. Try to fit Museum of Nat Science into one of the days and skip aquarium.
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Old 08-26-2018, 04:09 PM
 
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Note: the Menil may be closed for several months due to renovation. The tunnel system is pretty much closed on weekends and at night.
FYI, the Menil re-opens September 22.
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