58 Fantastic Things To Do In Houston, Texas - Updated 2021

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Houston, there’s no problem here!

From the iconic Houston space research center to the highly-rated Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas’ most populous city holds its own in more ways than one. If you are on a visit to the largest city in Texas, which is three hours from San Antonio, be assured that you would always have much more on your plate than you can handle. Houston also has some of the best campsites and luxury Airbnbs, so all you’ll need to worry about is packing your bags.

Don’t believe us? Check out this list of the best things to do in Houston, Texas!


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1. Put your thinking cap on at Houston Museum of Natural Science (from USD 13.0)

Houston, being home to a thriving Museum District, is a cultural powerhouse. Curious minds, young or old, will enjoy a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This natural history museum in Hermann Park Drive was established in 1909 and records more than 2 million visitors annually. The permanent exhibits at the museum include the Foucault pendulum, Morian Hall of Paleontology, Hall of Ancient Egypt, and Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife. At the museum, there are various facilities such as Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and George Observatory. There’s plenty to see and learn at the museum, so we suggest arriving in the morning to witness as many exhibits as possible!

Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

Duration: 3 hours

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2. Catch an event at James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace in Rice University

James Turrell — Twilight Epiphany
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Located in Rice University, James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace is a popular event venue that typically hosts musical performances because of its acoustics. The attraction also serves as a laboratory for the Shepherd School of Music. Except for Tuesdays, there is a light sequence display at Twilight Epiphany every day. If you want to witness this magical moment, it is recommended that you arrive an hour before sunrise or sunset if you want to see the Sunrise or Sunset light sequence, respectively.

James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

Address: Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005, United States

Website: James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

3. Shop and dine at Chinatown

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If you’re craving some authentic Chinese fare in Houston, there’s no better place to go than Chinatown. This neighborhood is primarily a residential area, but there is also a lot of family-owned eateries with a wide-ranging menu. It isn’t all about Chinese food here, though. You’ll find different cuisines like Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. At Chinatown, you can even check out retail centers with discount shops. Get a taste of the rest of the world and visit the area when you arrive in Houston!

4. Savor delicious kolaches at The Original Kolache Shoppe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Original Kolache Shoppe on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

If you have no clue what kolach is, we’re here to the rescue! Kolach is a kind of sweet pastry that’s essentially a piece of fruit covered by puff pastry. Some of the most common kolach flavors are poppy seeds, fruit jam, and quark spread. If this is starting to make your mouth water, you may be delighted to know that Houston has its very own cafe that serves this goodie—The Original Kolache Shoppe! This bakery also serves various pies and cakes which are best paired with freshly brewed coffee!

The Original Kolache Shoppe

Address: 5404 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77087, United States

Website: The Original Kolache Shoppe

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5am - 12pm; Sun: 6am - 1pm

5. Appreciate works from all over the world at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Enthusiasts of the arts will have a grand time visiting this next Houston attraction. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country. Shortened to MFAH, the art museum has a permanent collection that spans 6,000 years with almost 70,000 pieces from different continents. Most of the artworks here are of Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, and American art. Other facilities housed at MFAH are Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens which displays American decorative furniture and art, and Rienzi, which is for the European decorative arts. If you just can’t get enough of mesmerizing art, visit Sawyer Yards in the city too.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Address: 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, United States

Website: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Opening hours: Wed: 11am - 5pm; Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 6pm; Sun: 12:30 pm - 6pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

6. Be surrounded by beauty at Cockrell Butterfly Center (from USD 10.0)

Cockrell Butterfly Center could be where you take your date or your family to. Whatever your purpose is, you will not leave without a smile on your face after witnessing the beauty inside. This museum is a walk-through rainforest habitat with hundreds of different butterflies flying around. There are also live and preserved specimens of various insects and arthropods. The butterfly center is a great place to visit if you have curious little ones. A trip here will keep their minds entertained for sure. If you’re here on a romantic night out, you must visit the living butterfly habitat.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes

7. Have a family day at Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

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Vacations don’t always have to be about the grand things. It could very well be a simple walk at the park with your loved ones, and it already is the highlight of your trip. Small, seemingly mundane moments like this are best shared with friends and family. One of the best places to enjoy the quiet side of Houston is at Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. This unique attraction is exactly what its name is - a waterfall on a wall! It is a significant landmark that is often a venue for live performances and even picnics.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Address: 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, United States

Website: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

8. Drink a pint at Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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What’s a classic trip with your friends and loved ones, really, without a fun day drinking? One of Houston’s best establishments has got you covered in that department. Come over to Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas’s oldest craft brewery. Only the best, world-class drinks are served here. Beer enthusiasts (or not!) will get to taste full-flavored beers, ciders, and hard seltzers at Saint Arnold. Their year-round beers include the Headliner blonde ale and H-Town Pils lager. You might be lucky enough to get your hands on their seasonals, too. Of course, these are best paired with their food menu that features classics like meat and cheese board, pizza, and pretzels!

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Address: 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, United States

Website: Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

9. Dine on delicious grub at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation Boulevard is one of Houston’s biggest names when it comes to the culinary world. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, this is a restaurant that you don’t want to skip. It started as a small taco stand in a tortilla factory and eventually became a full restaurant that’s taken the city by storm. The restaurant was started by Ninfa Laurenzo who was the pioneer of serving skirt steak in tortillas which we now know as fajitas. Their menu also includes tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and a whole lot more!

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Address: 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, United States

Website: The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 10pm

10. Enjoy a scenic walk at Buffalo Bayou Park

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Take a few steps back from the bustling culture of Houston and enjoy a tranquil day at the park. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a loved one, or with family and friends, it’s always a good idea to get acquainted with your environment without the pressure of doing something. Sometimes, appreciating your surroundings is all it takes to make a trip memorable. That’s exactly what you can do at Buffalo Bayou Park. This municipal park along the bayou features a skate park, a dog park, a picnic pavilion, and a play area. If you can’t get enough of such places, check out Levy Park, Jaycee Park, Donovan Park, Travis Spark Park, and Sheldon Lake State Park too. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy the best of Houston!

Buffalo Bayou Park

Address: 1800 Allen Pkwy &, Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Website: Buffalo Bayou Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

11. Shop to your heart's content at The Galleria

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Make your trip to Houston even better by indulging in a little retail therapy. The Galleria is a shopping mall in the city’s Uptown District, with shops like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s. It isn’t all about shopping at the Galleria, though. The mall also features an ice skating rink called Polar Ice which was the first to be built inside a mall. There are over 50 restaurants and specialty food shops at the mall complex too, as well as two hotels. Your shopping experience is guaranteed to be fun at The Galleria!

The Galleria

Address: 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, United States

Website: The Galleria

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

12. Be mesmerized by the Beer Can House

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One of the quirkiest attractions in Houston is the Beer Can House on Malone Street. This folk art house was created by John Milkovisch in the 1960s and is one of the city’s most recognizable works of art. The home is made unique by being completely covered by beer apparatus like cans, bottles, and caps. The project started off when Milkovisch inlaid marbles, metal, and brass pieces in concrete to create fences, patios, and flower boxes. As of today, the home is owned and managed by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

Beer Can House

Address: 222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Website: Beer Can House

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 1pm - 5pm (closed on Mon - Fri)

13. Catch a game at Minute Maid Park

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Besides the Toyota Center of NBA’s Houston Rockets, Minute Maid Park is one of the city’s most famous sports venues, being home to the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. The stadium has a natural grass field and is the first one to have a retractable roof in the city. Its name was taken after the Minute Maid beverage company that bought the naming rights in 2002. If you’re visiting Houston during the World Series, you might be lucky enough to catch a game here hosted by the Astros!

Minute Maid Park

Address: 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Website: Minute Maid Park

14. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Montrose neighborhood

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Houston has one of the most diverse and vibrant cultures in the country, and a place that greatly displays this is the neighborhood of Montrose. The district is notable for its array of vintage shops, gay bars, eclectic restaurants, quirky cafes, and art galleries. Montrose is a great place to be especially for young travelers who want to experience the hipster culture and the lively nightlife scene. For an amazing time in the neighborhood, some other points of interest are Montrose Remembrance Garden, Ervan Chew Park, and Montrose Crawl. Outside Montrose, you can also visit neighborhoods like Memorial City and Chinatown for other things to do!

15. Sip on wine and exchange spooky stories at La Carafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by La Carafe on Monday, July 2, 2018

Believed to be the oldest bar in the city, La Carafe is a place to unwind with your friends and drink. The building is also known to be the oldest commercial structure still in use. La Carafe exclusively serves reasonably priced wine and beer against a dim, eerie setting. Throughout the decades, it’s also been a popular spot for ghost hunting due to the building’s old age and history. There’s nothing else to do here but swap stories with friends over a glass of wine, all while being serenaded by mellow music.

La Carafe

Address: 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Website: La Carafe

Opening hours: 1pm - 2am (daily)

16. Come out and play at Houston Memorial Park

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Memorial Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the country. Established in 1924, this municipal park is approximately 1,466 acres (593 hectares) and features an 18-hole golf course and facilities for various sports like volleyball, tennis, and softball. There’s also a track field and a swimming pool at the park. If you’re a sporty bunch looking for a fun experience outdoors, this place is definitely worth a visit. Other attractions featured at Memorial Park are the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and restaurants Becks Prime and Smoothie King. Can’t get enough of the beautiful city yet? Make Houston Botanic Garden your next stop from here.

Houston Memorial Park

Address: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Website: Houston Memorial Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

17. Splurge at 19th Street in the Heights

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If you’re not over splurging just yet, one of the best shopping districts in the city is 19th Street in the Heights. This energetic street is filled to the brim with eclectic boutiques, antique shops, and quirky cafes. Some of the establishments are not like the others, since most are independently owned and features local designers. This commercial neighborhood is also home to the iconic Heights Theater, a live music venue that was first established in the 1920s and has since become a Houston landmark.

19th Street in the Heights

Address: 19th Street Shopping District, 300 19th St., Houston, TX 77008

18. Conquer your fears at iFly Houston Woodlands (from USD 92.0)

Did somebody say adventure? iFly Houston Woodlands is the next best thing when it comes to the ultimate skydiving experience. If you’re not yet ready to face the real thing, why not test the waters first and join iFly for an exhilarating indoor skydiving excursion? Your experience will just be as exciting as jumping out of a plane, just without the scary flying-out-of-a-plane part! iFly welcomes all adventurers here, old or new, experienced or not. Actual skydiving is not easy on the pocket, so if you want to have a similar adventure without having to break the bank, now’s your time to shine!

Houston Woodlands Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

19. Say, “Houston! We have a problem!” at Space Center Houston (from USD 84.95)

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Want to show your kids how does it feel to literally reach out to the stars? Here’s your chance! One of the biggest Houston tourist attractions - Space Center Houston is where everyone heads to get their dose of adventure. This place gives a chance to the kids to come closer to their dreams and learn about space exploration and space missions. Show them how NASA is changing the world, how it feels to fly a plane, and much more right here at NASA Johnson Space Center!

Space Center Houston

Address: 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX, USA 77058

Admission: From $29.95 USD (Adult)

Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Hours are subjected to change depending on season, refer to their website for the full list of opening hours).

Website: Space Center Houston

Don’t miss on anything with this 6-hour tour. Take a tram ride to the International Space Station Assembly Building while being accompanied by a live guide that will field all your queries

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Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

Duration: 6 hour

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20. Meet the Sea Lions at Houston Zoo (From 62 USD)

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Home to multiple sea lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and other exotic animals, Houston Zoo is the perfect hangout place for your kids. As one of the top Houston points of interest, it also has other activities such as a summer camp, a children’s zoo, and an aquarium holding over 2,000 individual fresh and saltwater fish make this place a favorite among the local population too.

What’s more – the authorities also have a provision to host parties and events inside the zoo premises. With a maximum capacity of over 2,500 guests, Houston Zoo is the perfect setting for an unforgettable celebration. If you want to stay close to this attraction, there are many hotels near the zoo that are worth checking out!

Buy your tickets online to avoid the troublesome queues. Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Last entry is at 6 p.m. The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week, 364 days a year. Closed on Christmas Day. It is closed early on Christmas eve, and closed during the day on Thanksgiving Day.

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Space Center Houston

Downtown Aquarium

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts

Children’s Museum of Houston OR Kemah Boardwalk All-day Ride Pass.

Price: From 62 USD

21. See the world from the top of San Jacinto Monument and Museum

San Jacinto Monument, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte, Texas
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If you are a history lover, this is the place you would want to visit. Though not a place which remains brimming with people, the San Jacinto monument is nothing less than iconic. A $4 elevator ride takes you to the top of the monument from where the historic downtown, west, east and north parts of the Houston ship canal are visible. The museum on the inside of the monument makes the visitors’ experience even better and worth every penny spent. Don’t forget to see the battleship Texas right across the street!

San Jacinto Battle Museum

Address: 1 Monument Cir, La Porte, TX 77571, USA

Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm

Website: San Jacinto Museum

22. Put your teamwork to the test at The Escape Game (from 33.99 USD)

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Skip the amusement park just this one time, and get your adrenaline rush from The Escape Game, a place where you and your team come together to find clues and overcome challenges to complete a mission within 60 minutes. Want to escape? You’ve got to put in the best teamwork, gather your wits and make sure your communication is at its peak. It might be tough for some but it’s also a memory that will keep you talking for years to come. With over 28,000 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, you’ve got to try this adventure to believe it.

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The Escape Game Houston

Address: 794 Sorella Court, Suite 127, Houston, TX 77024

Website: The Escape Game Houston

Opening hours: 8am - 11.30pm (daily)

Price: from 33.99 USD

23. Have a fun day out at the Children’s Museum of Houston (from USD 12.0)

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Ranked among the best children’s museums in the country, the Children’s Museum of Houston is a top destination among the children and adults alike. After all, a little fun time never hurts anyone! With exhibits such as classroom curriculum and home school day on offer, you can be sure that your kid leaves the place a bit wiser and much smarter. Houston Children’s Museum remains closed on Mondays. With a host of events taking place almost every alternate week, you would be better served if you call them up and plan your visit accordingly. If your kids haven’t had enough fun yet, take them to Houston Funplex next!

Children’s Museum of Houston

Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

Opening Hours: Tue - Wed, Fri - Sat: 10am - 6pm; Thu: 10am - 8pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Admission: $12 USD per person (all ages), to enter the Museum, your group must include a child

Website: Children’s Museum of Houston

Children's Museum of Houston Admission

Duration: 1 to 10 hours

24. Taste the best pies in the city at House of Pies

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Have some late night cravings? House of Pies is the place to be! Situated at the Westheimer road, the house of pies is essentially divided into two parts, a pastry shop and an all-night diner. The crowd at this place can be extremely varied, from an off-duty cop to a delivery truck driver. They have a pie for all the taste buds! Some of their most famous offerings include class fruit favorites, multi layered Bayou Goo, sugar pastries and more! They also run a small day long menu. Visit this place for a courteous staff and some of the best pies in Texas!

House of Pies

Address: 3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, United States

Website: House of Pies

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

25. Head to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

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Visitors swear by the piano shows at this place. Providing enough space for the guests to stand, dance and mingle, the Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is ‘THE’ party place in the town. The artists humbly accept most of the song recommendations from the guests. So if a song is running in your mind, they would gladly bring it on the stage for you. P.S: Make a prior reservation to avoid disappointment!

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Address: 1201 Fannin St #310, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Website: Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Also See: 6 Best Piano bars in Houston, Texas

26. Love live music? Enjoy it at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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This place has been winning over the hearts of the locals and visitors alike since the 90s. Mucky Duck is one of the best known places in Houston for scrumptious food, high quality beer and great music. There is no bad seat in the house for a music performance. If you are in a mood for some authentic Irish music, ‘the Duck’ is the place to be.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Address: 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098, United States

Website: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 11pm (closed on Sun)

Also See: 10 Best Jazz Bars In Houston to discover the night

27. Dance it out at Whiskey River North

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Posted by Whiskey River North on Friday, January 8, 2021

Whiskey River is just the ideal place to unwind yourself by dancing your heart out. They also have a bull ride on offer, so if you are in a mood to take on your friends, this is the ideal spot for you! A great crowd and an extremely helpful staff make Whiskey River one of the best party spots in the town.

Whiskey River North

Address: 7637 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX 77070, United States

Website: Whiskey River North

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 8pm - 2am; Sat: 6pm - 2am (closed from Sun - Wed)

Read More: 10 Best Party houses in Houston to enjoy with your friends

28. Experience the Houston’ nightlife at Axelrad Beer Garden

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Posted by Axelrad on Friday, December 4, 2020

This ‘has it all’ place is fast becoming a rave among the locals in Houston. Equipped with a humongous outdoor area, a shop serving delicious pizza, live bands, hammock gardens, huge projection screen and more, the Axelrad beer garden justifies its high billing with ease. And did we mention – they also allow dogs! Now tell us this isn’t the place you want to go right now!

Axelrad Beer Garden

Address: 1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004, United States

Website: Axelrad Beer Garden

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 2pm - 12am; Fri - Sun: 12pm - 2am

29. Head to The Big Easy for great company and awesome music

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30. Feed your artistic soul at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (from USD 64.0)

First things first – It’s free! Boasting of an impressive assembly of sculptures, mixed media and video installations, the Contemporary arts museum is designed to spellbind its visitors. The exhibits are changed from time to time so a repeat visit to this place is always a good idea. Apart from the exhibits, the museum also hosts a variety of monthly events to keep the visitors engaged. This spacious and welcoming museum is a perfect stopover to spend some time on a lazy afternoon.

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Duration: 9 days

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31. Head out to see some graffiti at the Mullet (from USD 79.0)

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The Mullet is locally known as the Mecca of Graffiti, and it’s a great place to see some popular murals. Works of renowned mural artist, Daniel ‘Weah’ Anguilu can be easily located at this place. Open to public on most days, the Mullet is also home to an overspray art supply which sells a huge variety of paints and other art works. At any time of the day, you can see a number of street artists honing their skills and creating colorful murals. Don’t be afraid to click a picture and savor the memory.

Houston: Mural Tour by Electric Cart

Duration: 1.5 hour

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32. See the breathtaking architecture of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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One of the most remarkable places in Houston, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple known to offer an unforgettable experience to its visitors. An in-house cafeteria serves authentic Indian food and piping hot tea. The marble carvings, all handmade, are beautiful enough to be gazed at for hours. This place is open for cameras as well, so don’t forget to take your best shot with this exquisite temple forming the backdrop. A huge parking space and free entry makes it an even more attractive destination for the visitors. This gorgeous temple sees people from all faiths paying visits throughout the week.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Address: 1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477, United States

Website: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Opening hours: 8am - 10am, 4pm - 6pm (daily)

33. Visit the quirky, unique, and fun Art Car Museum

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This art car museum may throw in a few surprises if you are expecting a vintage car collection. Their exhibits include a Vapirilla car which is made using stainless steel panels! They change the exhibits every 3-4 months to keep the visitors coming back for more. One of the major attractions is the annual art car parade at the Allen Parkway which is attended by thousands. This free to enter museum also offers a couple of video setups with multiple screens. Also on display are the hand drawings and certain photos about how the car was actually planned and built. This can be a great place to bring your kids closer to cars.

Art Car Museum

Address: 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Website: Art Car Museum

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 11am - 6pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

34. Love flying? Take a tour of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum

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This is a place to relive Houston’s aviation history. The airliner collectible show at the museum is a great crowd puller. The museum is housed in a 1940s air terminal building which is preserved well enough to withstand the pressures of time. A $5 admission fee for the adults is worth every penny for the nostalgic experience this place offers. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, making your visit extremely memorable. With hundreds of unique exhibits on offer, this place can’t be missed.

1940 Air Terminal Museum

Address: 8325 Travelair St, Houston, TX 77061, United States

Website: 1940 Air Terminal Museum

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Wed)

35. Get the fun going with a visit to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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One of the most fun activities in Houston for adults and kids alike, the Livestock show and rodeo offers a host of activities under one roof. From bull riding and steer wrestling to cowboy activities and food tents, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is nothing short of a carnival. They also have ongoing musical concerts, so you won’t have any dearth of choices. A rodeo visitor guide should be helpful for you to find your way around. They also house a petting zoo, exciting games, adventure rides, bungee jump and many delicious food options. Don’t forget to watch their pigs and camel races!

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Website: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

36. Try out the not-so-spooky Glenwood Cemetery

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Stunningly beautiful is the most appropriate phrase to define this place. Fun fact: The well known Hollywood actress Gene Tierney Lee was buried at this cemetery. This place is also home to a number of other historical graves. This is one of the most serene cemeteries you would ever visit. Ironically, this is one of the most peaceful places in the city (not in a spooky way!). Try to choose a cool day to visit this place since you may need to walk quite a bit if you plan to explore the cemetery.

Glenwood Cemetery

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37. See the giant President heads at the David Adickes Studio

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20 feet tall gigantic sculptures of heads of US presidents await you at the David Adickes Studio. This extraordinary place wasn’t internationally designed for visitors, but has turned into a major attraction in the city over the years. Some of the other masterpieces include the magnificent Beatles band sculptures and a huge yesteryears telephone sitting pretty on the roof.

UPDATE 14/04/16: The Presidents’s and Beatles statues have been relocated behind a fence on Nance Street. There should be a new location for them to be displayed again soon. The previous given location is no longer valid.

David Adickes Studio

Address: 2401 Nance St, Houston, Texas, 77020 United States

38. Catch an event at Miller Outdoor Theatre

4th of July Fireworks at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Source: Photo by Flickr user Adam Baker used under CC BY 2.0

Free entertainment and a perfect outdoor setting, this is what the Miller Outdoor theatre offers you. This theatre, located on Hermann Park Dr, is known to host some of the highest billing performances in the city. Apart from the special performances, this place also hosts a number of free shows. You are free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the lawn setting and make your experience worthwhile.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Address: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, United States

Website: Miller Outdoor Theatre

39. Roll on at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Official Dairy Ashford Roller Rink on Monday, October 15, 2018

Put on the skates and shake your legs to the tunes of the DJ! A $10 charge for skating is light on the pocket and keeps the visitors coming in throughout the entire week. With a wide variety of food and drinks on offer, this is a perfect outing place in the city.

Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

Address: 1820 S Dairy Ashford Rd St, Houston, TX 77077, United States

Website: Dairy Ashford Roller Rink

Opening hours: Tue & Sat: 1pm - 9pm; Wed & Sun: 1pm - 6pm; Thu: 1pm - 8pm, 8:15pm - 11pm; Fri: 10am - 1pm, 1:05pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

40. Visit Rothko Chapel

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mike Linksvayer used under CC BY 2.0

One of the warmest (not the temperature) places in the city; the Rothko Chapel has gradually emerged as the center of art in the city of Houston. The interiors of the building are filled with some of the most amazing pieces of modern art you would ever come across. This Octagonal shaped building is visited by people of all faith, art lovers, historians, along with a host of casual travelers. They also hold regular yoga and meditation sessions. So if you are planning a visit anytime soon, do check out the schedule from their website. A rejuvenating experience awaits you at Rothko!

Rothko Chapel

Address: 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006, United States

Website: Rothko Chapel

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

41. Check out the impressive Menil Collection

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Source: Photo by user Argos'Dad used under CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the most well renowned private art collections in the entire country, the Menil collection boasts of close to 17,000 sculptures, photographs, paintings and hard to find books. Most of the work on display belongs to the Dominique de Menil and John de Menil, the founders of the collection. Some of the major attractions on display include pop art collection from Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg. The museum is open from Wednesdays to Sunday between 11 am and 7 pm. Make sure to explore Menil Park & Neighborhood as well. There is no admission fee for the public (If that’s what you were waiting to hear all along!).

Menil Collection

Address: 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, United States

Website: Menil Collection

42. Snap a photo in front of Mecom Fountain

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One of the most well-known landmarks in Houston, the Mecom Fountain occupies the center of the roundabout where the Main Street and Montrose Boulevard meet. Amidst the heavy traffic and puzzled faces of the drivers on the main street, this fountain acts as the perfect calming influence in the area. The fountain stands as the major attraction of one of the most visited public parks in the country, the Hermann Park. Located beside the Texas Medical Center, this fountain is just the perfect place to bring someone whom you hold special.

Mecom Fountain

Address: Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77005, United States

Website: Mecom Fountain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

43. Have a fun family day at Discovery Green

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If you are in Houston and you got time to kill, another top place to visit in Houston is Discovery Green. Located in Downtown Houston, the Discovery Green is a public urban park which houses a lake, multiple bandstands for various public performances, a well maintained children’s area, two dog runs and much more. Ever since its inception in the year 2008, the Discovery Green has been one of the favorite chilling-out spots for the locals in the city. Some of the special attractions for the kids include a splash pad and an ice skating rink. With live music, view of a beautiful lake and plenty of people around, the Discovery Green is not a place to be missed.

Try to plan your visit during a festival to be bowled over by the extravagant decorations!

Discovery Green

Address: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, United States

Website: Discovery Green

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

44. Take a morning stroll around Hermann Park

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Hermann Park is the closest you can get to nature while being in Houston. Housing the Houston Zoo, a golf course, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Miller Outdoor Theater, Hermann Park remains a hot favorite destination for a day out in Houston among the locals and visitors alike. With free admission, the park is brimming with visitors from all age groups all day long. You can also try your hand (or legs!) at the pedal boats on offer inside the park. They run from Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Park is open all week long from 6 am to 11 pm. With multiple free parking spots available, you won’t find any excuse for skipping a visit to Hermann Park which is 7 minutes away from Houston CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau)!

Hermann Park

Address: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030, United States

Website: Hermann Park

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

45. Explore Houston Underground (from USD 35.0)

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Ed Schipul used under CC BY-SA 2.0

With so much going on in the streets of Houston all day long, it is hard to imagine a world underground! The secretive (not so much!) underground tunnel system in Houston is often overlooked due to the multiple attractions the city offers above the ground level. This hard to find tunnel system connects many well-known offices, restaurants, banks and other significant institutes in the city. Additionally, you would also find a number of eateries, plazas and shops selling interesting stuff. Though it may take some time for you to find it, it would be worth the effort.

If you are afraid of getting lost, get on a tour and have a local guide bring you around!

Houston Underground Tunnel Guided History and Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours

10 reviews

46. View sculptures and other works of art at Smither Park

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Kristina D.C. Hoe... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

A one of a kind place, the Smither Park is fast emerging as the center of art related activities in Houston. Meant for leisure time activities, the park houses an amphitheater, a meditation area, multiple swings, interesting sculptures and other art works created with the help of recycled material. The place is also given for use as venue for weddings, birthdays and other events. You can see the artists at work and can also lend them a helping hand (no guarantees they would take it!).

Smither Park

Address: 2441 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023, United States

47. Learn about WWII events at Holocaust Museum Houston

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Opened in the year 1996, the Holocaust Museum in Houston is the fourth largest of its kind in the country. It was primarily set up to make the people aware regarding the injustice served out to the Jews during the Holocaust. The museum aims to share with people the lessons learned from the series of events during the deadly Holocaust. The museum offers multiple education programs for teachers, students and academicians and offers some tools to the teachers to pass on their learning and spread the outcomes learnt during these sessions. The museum also houses the Boniuk Library which boasts of over 5,000 volumes related to the Holocaust, the history of Jews, events related to the World War 2 and much more.

While the general admission costs 12 USD, admission for students carrying a school/college ID is free.

Holocaust Museum Houston

Address: 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004, United States

Website: Holocaust Museum Houston

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)

48. Take a tour around the fascinating National Museum of Funeral History

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Source: Photo by Flickr user A Yee used under CC BY 2.0

If you think that a ‘funeral museum’ would be depressing at best, you can’t be any further than the fact. The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston is one of its kinds. This museum boasts of some of the best and most authentic collection of funeral service items in the entire country. Some of the most interesting stories about the funeral services of celebrities and presidents can be heard at this museum. While children below 5 have free entry, the general fee of admission is 10 USD. The tickets are also available online on their website.

National Museum of Funeral History

Address: 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090, United States

Website: National Museum of Funeral History

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm

49. Let your children play and have fun at Bellaire's Evelyn's Park

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Evelyn's Park Conservancy on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Evelyn’s Park is quite new and boasts a cafe called the Ivy & James. It’s in a pleasant corner of the park where you can grab a coffee or a meal. This fun place in Houston is all about nature, and while small, there’s slides and the little ones can dig for ‘treasure.’

There’s a wall that commemorates the donors and children have fun deciphering some of the messages on the bright structure decorated with butterflies and beetles. Large lawns provide lots of space for the children to run around and play. The park also offers a selection of events through the year.

Evelyn's Park

Address: 4400 Bellaire Boulevard Bellaire, Texas 77401

Website: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy

50. Visit the horses at the Houston Police Department

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Ed Uthman used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Did you know that you can pay a visit to the horses at the Houston Police Department? They are open from Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm. Bigger parties and groups can call and arrange times as well. Visitors may enter the barn, which is a state of the art facility.

Visitors may take treats for the horses as well. Carrots and apples are accepted, but only two per horse. Leftovers are kept for the horses to eat later. You need to sign a waiver indemnity and enter at your own risk.

Houston Police Department Mounted Unit

Address: 5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016-2547

Telephone: 832-394-0399

Website: Houston Mounted Police

51. Dive into the tallest pool in Texas... if you dare!

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Houston’s Sky Pool seems as though it’s levitating above the bustling downtown Houston traffic. That’s to say that this pool sits 40 stories (500 feet) above the ground, which might be appealing to some but frightening for others! So,if you’re an adventurous person, you most definitely have to put this pool in their travel bucket list! However, access to the pool is pretty limited as you’ll either have to be a resident of Market Square Tower or have a friend who lives there to grant you access. So while it might be a more exclusive activity, if you ever do step into the pool, you’ll surely be amazed!

Sky Pool

Address: Preston St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

52. Enjoy a self-guided Houston scavenger hunt (from USD 12.0)

Are you up for some adventure in Houston? This self-guided tour allows you to go on a scavenger hunt around the city for two hours. Simply click on a launch code and follow the clues to go around the city. This tour allows you to go at your own time and at your own pace! As you travel around the city, you will hear fun stories and insights about historical sites while uncovering delightful gems along the way. Any number of people can join as you’ll be guided on your own, via your mobile device. This is a fun and interactive way to discover Houston with your friends and family!

Self-Guided Houston Scavenger Hunt

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

53. Book tickets for the Houston city lights Segway tour (from USD 59.0)

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Katie Haugland Bowen used under CC BY 2.0

If you like the idea of breezy rides, but you don’t want to drive, this Segway tour is perfect for you. Tour Houston on a Segway with your guide and get to see famous landmarks, historical places, and art displays. This tour takes place in the late evening after 6 p.m., so you get to enjoy cooler temperatures. The focus is on the theater district and the scenic city center parks, so you’ll get a chance to glide past Sam Houston park and get incredible views of the Houston skyline, Market Square Park, Tranquility Park, Houston’s City Hall, and Herman Square. It’s perfect for small groups. Enjoy the sights of Houston on a Segway. The minimum age for this tour is 14 years old and pregnant women are not advised to join.

Houston City Lights Segway Tour

Duration: 2 hours

54. Invite your friends on a Houston ghost tour

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With Halloween just around the corner in October, this one-hour guided tour is a perfect opportunity to get your scares in downtown Houston. The tour starts at Hermann Park, the heart of the museum, hospital and university district. In the day, it is a bustling city town, but when the sun sets, the paranormal comes out to play. Edwards Burns and Doc Strangeway, two award-winning tour guides, will bring you around this beautiful city and behind the scenes to learn about the mysteries, interesting history, and spooky tales at each of the city’s attractions. You’ll spend an hour walking through the park, with your guides who will take you through archways and dark alleys and over wooden bridges to experience the other side of town. This family-friendly tour allows children to also join in the trip. This is a walking tour, so participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for walking.

Houston Ghost Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

55. Explore more of the city in a sunset bike ride (from USD 25.0)

If you like biking, sunsets, and meeting new people, then this tour is for you. See Houston like never before at a much slower pace aboard a rented bicycle in a sunset bike ride that will start at Sabine Street Bridge. You will be accompanied by your host, a native Houstonian, who will also be your photographer as you pose for Instagram-worthy shots with the city’s picture-perfect locations as your backdrop. You’ll definitely have a lot of fun while burning some calories, and you’ll be learning more about Houston with someone who knows a little more than what is available for tourists in general. Since this is a biking tour, be sure to wear the right outfit. Water and scrumptious snacks will be provided for you by your host. If that’s not enough, head for one of the city’s food markets for delicious food after sweating it out on the bike!

Downtown Skyline Sunset Ride

Duration: 1.5 hours

130 reviews

56. Get to know your coffee in a tasting and workshop experience (from USD 38.0)

This fun, non-touristy thing to do in Houston is for those who simply love a rich and hot cup of coffee. You’ll never look at coffee the same way again after this tasting workshop and experience that tackles the history of coffee and its fascinating journey from bean to brew. You will be guided by an experienced barista who is also a coffee enthusiast. Get ready to bask in the pleasant aroma of coffee as you go on a tasting flight of three different coffees while learning various farming practices. You will also learn roasting and brewing techniques and learn how these impact the taste of the coffee. In total, you will taste eight different types of coffee on four different flights. After this experience, you will surely have the knowledge you need to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home.

Specialty Coffee Tasting

Duration: 2 hours

64 reviews

57. Experience the thrill of indoor skydiving (from USD 92.0)

Up for a thrilling date night in Houston? You might be one of those couples who love to chase thrills and enjoy feeling the adrenaline rush. If you belong to this population but want to be safe at the same time, then you should definitely check out Houston Memorial Indoor Skydiving. Arguably one of the most fun activities in Houston, with indoor skydiving, you’ll experience the feeling of zero gravity, the wind gushing through your body and hair, and the excitement of defying the pull of the Earth, all without actually jumping from an airplane thousands of miles above the ground. Instead, you will be using a simulation tube where you will float at wind speeds reaching 130 to 175 mph (209 to 282 kph). You’ll also get a safety briefing and instruction from your trainer before your two 60-minute sessions, and a personalized certificate after.

Houston Memorial Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

58. Shop 'till you drop with high-end brands (from USD 79.95)

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Houston is not only a place of unique adventures. It might not be one of the cheapest cities in the country, but it is a place where you can get great deals while shopping for your favorite brands. Here, you can find Houston Tanger Outlets, a high-end brand center that offers great discounts. In this experience, you will have free round-trip transportation from your hotel to Houston Tanger Outlets. The tour will begin at the supplier’s visitor center at 1302 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas. This six-hour tour also lets you tour the city with your friends and family. Some of the brands which you can buy with great savings include Coach, Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, and Nike.

Tanger Outlets: 6-Hour City Tour & Shopping Tour

Duration: 6 hour

1 review

Where to Stay in Houston

Downtown Houston is home to many great budget hotels and mid-range hotels, but when traveling to this bustling metropolis, you can also consider staying in the neighborhoods of Greater Eastwood, Midtown, and Greenway-Upper Kirby, which are also some of the best places to live in Houston.

Greater Eastwood

Greater Eastwood is considered as one of the most historic areas in Houston. It boasts a ton of impressive architecture and is home to delicious modern and fusion food. Travelers will enjoy staying in suburban homes like townhouses or spacious bungalows ideal for families and groups. There are several parks for those who enjoy green spaces, as well as spacious sidewalks in every corner, making it a very walkable city.

Midtown

Tourists or first-time travelers to Houston will have an easier time navigating the city from Midtown. It’s a district with a contemporary aesthetic, merging modern structures and Mid-Century architecture. Great for backpackers and solo travelers, this trendy neighborhood is also the heart of the city’s bustling nightlife scene, making it perfect for social butterflies.

Greenway-Upper Kirby

Make your way to the charming neighborhood of Greenway-Upper Kirby. It’s a district perfect for travelers who appreciate greener spaces. This residential area is mainly filled with big townhouses and radiant penthouses, ideal for those traveling with families or large groups. One of the best family-friendly activities here is visiting Houston Museum of Science.

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You have no time to waste!

You don’t need to have deep pockets to make your stay in Houston memorable. Just take this bucket list along and tick off as many items as you can, and you would end up seeing the best of what Houston has to offer. Go out and explore the H-town now!

Frequently asked questions about best things to do in Houston, Texas

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Houston?

Houston is a popular tourist destination in the US and it is boasting of many attractions, few of the best include Space Center Houston, NASA, Houston Zoo, and Houston Museum of Natural Science.

2. What are the best outdoor activities from Houston?

There are plenty of outdoor activities in Houston and one of the best outdoor things to do here is wildlife watching at the Houston Zoo, where you’ll learn many things about different animals as you explore the zoo. Other best outdoor activities include experiencing the city’s nightlife, listen to free music at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and see the city on top of San Jacinto Monument and Museum.

3. What are the best day trips from Houston?

If you’re done exploring Houston and want to get to know everything Texas has to offer, then you should go on a day trip. A few of the most famous day trips from Houston include Dallas, Denton, Austin, Galveston Island, and more.

4. What are the most popular things to do in Houston with kids?

Houston is boasting of many kid-friendly activities, which include a trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston, meeting animals at the Houston Zoo, and skating at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink.

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