Since the establishment of Houston in 1836 by two brothers, it’s become a city which is vibrant, cosmopolitan, a great place to eat out and a destination packed with historic buildings and great attractions.
When planning a trip to Houston, there are certain landmarks which should be visited to really feel that you’ve had a vacation to this part of Texas. If you’re on a romantic break and you’ve recently asked your loved one to marry you, then for engagement rings, Houston is the center of diamond and jewelry expertise.
Minute Maid Park; 501 Crawford Street
Previously known as the Ballpark, Minute Maid Park is the home to the Houston Astros team in Major League Baseball.
A destination for sports fans whatever the weather due to the retractable roof and climate control, what makes this a particularly famous landmark is the unusual addition of a railway track in the stadium. One entrance was originally the location of Houston’s Union Station and in honor of this, a railway was installed when the stadium was built. It runs along one length of a wall and whenever an Astros player hits a home run, an old-style train is seen taking a trip along the track. The coal truck is filled with oranges as a homage to the drinks company which now owns the park.
The Galleria; 5085 Westheimer Road
The Galleria is the central place for retail therapy in Houston. There are over 400 stores and restaurants to buy whatever your heart desires and you can even sleep at the Galleria as there are two high rise hotels on site. If you don’t want to shop then there’s a movie theater and if the children want something a little different there’s even an ice rink available. Overall, The Galleria sits in 2.4 million square feet of space and there are even three office blocks there for companies who want to give their staff instant shopping heaven during their lunch break.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens; 1 Westcott Street
An integral part of Houston history, The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is part of the Museum of Fine Arts. The Collection is a stunning exhibition of early American silver, ceramics, artwork and furniture. The house itself, originally owned by civil leader Ima Hogg sits in 14 acres of gardens which are completely organic. Particularly stunning in the spring with the new season flowers and blossom.
NRG Stadium; 1 Reliant Park
The NRG Stadium has a seating capacity of almost 72,000 and is used for a variety of sports and entertainment events. This includes National Football League for the Houston Texans, the Houston Rodeo, the Texas Bowl and international soccer matches. It has hosted Wrestlemania as well as being a host facility for Super Bowl XXXVIII. It is set to host Super Bowl LI in 2017.
Christ Church Cathedral; 1117 Texas Avenue
This Late Gothic Revival church is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The congregation was first established only 3 years after the original brothers bought the first piece of land destined to become the city we now know and it is still a focal part for the faith of Houstonians. The church dates from 1839 with it surviving a huge fire in 1938.