Houston, Texas started off as a small agricultural community, but has grown in the last several decades to a leading center of technology, science, and business. Home of the Johnson Space Center, many institutions of learning and medicine, and several large oil companies, Houston has grown to be one of the largest cities in the United States. Houston is a multi-cultural landscape that provides a variety of experiences to every traveler. Whether you enjoy museums, dining, learning, or the outdoors, you will find what you are looking for in thisvsouthern Texas city.
Persons with disabilities will have few issues getting around the city. Public Transportation is good, curb cuts are everywhere, and downtown areas have exceptional lighting systems so that all are safe crossing the streets. People are friendly and very helpful, too! As with any big city, exercise caution when traveling after dark; use common sense, and don't wander around alone in deserted areas.
Houston is made up of a variety of neighborhoods, each one with its own flavor and personality. In order to really understand Houston, it is best to explore as many as possible.
Downtown Houston highlights the business center that the city has become. Many skyscrapers dot the landscape. It is also home to sports teams such as the Houston Rockets, Astros and Aeros. A large entertainment complex, the Houston Pavilions houses nearly a dozen restaurants and nightlife venues.
The Museum District, just south of downtown is pedestrian friendly, where visitors can explore a variety of cultural institutions, including the United States' sixth largest art museum, and a 4d theater. The curb cuts in this neighborhood were not as well maintained as those in other areas.
The West End has seen a resurgence of activity, as old, dilapidated structures were torn down and made into lounges, restaurants, and a variety of hot spots.
Houston's renowned Medical Center District is just south of the Museum District. This area is home to the largest concentration of researchers and medical professionals in the world.
The Uptown/Galleria District is a shopper's mecca. More than 700 retailers and restaurants reside within its two-square miles. The Galleria Mall anchors the area with over 375 stores, two hotels, an ice rink and post office. Traffic in this area is consistently busy no matter what time of the day.
Wedged between Downtown and Uptown is the Montrose Area. Bohemians looking for good coffee and tattoos will find this area to be a little slice of heaven. Wander into the unusual shops, art galleries, or grab a bite to eat in one of there local cafes.
The West University area is very popular with young families and professionals. The pedestrian-friendly Rice Village Shopping Center has local and nationally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife.
Want to escape the city and enjoy some greenery? Houston is rated first among the nation's ten most populated cities in parkland acreage. You can find tranquity in many areas, including the Anahauc Naitonal Wildlife Refuge, Alexander Deussen Park, or Brazos Bend State Park.
There is so much to explore in Houston! Enjoy!