What to do in Houston

So you’re coming to the American Supply Chain Management Strategies Summit in the Lone Star State. You have two days of learning and networking to look forward to, but since you’re coming to the United States’ 4th most populous city, why not also roam about Texas’ capital and explore its rich history?

Here are some suggestions from us on what you could do while you’re visiting.

1. Independence Plaza

You may already be joining us for the Nasa Johnson Space Centre tours (if you’re not, contact us now; spaces are limited) but if you love space, there’s one more thing you can’t miss: the Independence Plaza experience.

Driving up to Space Center Houston, you will immediately see the 240-ton complex standing beside the center. This foundation supports the 159-ton shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905, the 80-ton shuttle replica Independence and a six-story tower that is used to enter both vehicles, as well as the exhibits inside NASA 905.

The multiple exhibits will give you a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and its impact on current space exploration.

Entrance to Independence Plaza is covered by the all-day admission ticket when you purchase our Guided Tour of Space Center Houston.

2. George Ranch Historical Park

Or, if instead of looking forward and up, you prefer to look back and learn, consider visiting the George Ranch Historical Park.

Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the Park is located on a 20,000-acre working ranch featuring historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock. It’s an internationally-recognized living history site that authentically preserves and interprets the four-generational storyline of a remarkable Texas family beginning in 1824 and spanning more than 100 years.

3. The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Bringing the kids along? Go for an all-time favourite: the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Museum boasts 16 permanent exhibitions covering the usual suspects: Egypt, dinosaurs, indigenous Americans, dioramas, and more. Special exhibitions to look forward to include Moon, Art of the Hunt, and others.

The Museum also includes the Burke Baker Planetarium, Houston’s very first IMAX theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and the George Observatory.

4. The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Maybe you’re up for something quieter and more unique.

Built in 1926 and finally decommissioned in 2007 due to an irreparable leak, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern was one of the first underground drinking-water reservoirs in the city. The 87,500-square-foot expanse includes 25-foot tall concrete columns set row upon row, hovering over two inches of water on the reservoir’s floor.

In addition to tours highlighting the history and architecture of this unique industrial site, the Cistern houses periodic art installations.

Due to the popularity of the Cistern, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance.

5. Have a barbecue

Barbecue is a serious tradition in Texas, started in the 19th century by German and Czech settlers who brought their European meat-smoking traditions with them.

It can generally be divided into four general styles: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas. The Central and East Texas varieties are generally the most well-known.

Having barbecue in Houston is a must.

You can find some of the best barbecue restaurants in Houston in this article.