Destination Guide


It's easy to find fun things to do in Houston. As one of the Southwest's leading metropolitan areas, it's filled with the arts, sports, cuisine, night life, and endless entertainment from the great music halls to the zoos. And with so many attractions and year-round events, the Houston area is a great destination for the whole family all year round. Select a destination category from the menu below, or scroll down to find an attraction and nearby La Quinta hotels.


George Ranch Historical Park - Houston/Richmond

The George Ranch Historical Park has emerged as one of the premiere heritage attractions in the Houston area. Visitors experience more than 100 years of Texas history.
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Kemah Boardwalk - Kemah

The Kemah Boardwalk has quickly evolved from a waterfront dining experience to a weekend destination. Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, The Kemah Boardwalk is the perfect family get-a-way.
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Houston Zoo - Houston

Spend a day in the urban jungle, a world of adventure in the heart of Houston. Follow shady paths leading to leopards, jaguars, tigers, and lions. Listen to exotic birds and watch the primates at play.
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Downtown Aquarium - Houston

See exhibits of fully themed environments in the 500,000 gallons of underwater tanks such as "Louisiana Swamps", "Shipwreck", "Rain Forest", "Sunken Temple" and "Gulf of Mexico".
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Southern Express Cruises - Conroe/Willis

The Southern Empress, a replica of a 1800s era sternwheeler riverboat. Cruises feature a full meal, from salad through dessert, including beverages. The Southern Nights Band entertains passengers on every cruise.
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The Astrodome - Houston

Billed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" the Astrodome was the first ballpark to have a roof over the playing field. An 18-story building could fit inside its 9 acres of real estate.
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San Jacinto Battleground - La Porte/Baytown

Self-guided tour of this mighty naval vessel will allow you a glimpse into the life of the men onboard the Battleship TEXAS during World War II and I.
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Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

In 1924, the original MFAH building, designed by William Ward Watkin, opens its doors to the public, becoming the first art museum building in Texas and the third in the South.
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Night Life

The Theatre District - Houston

Houston is one of only five cities in the United States with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines – opera, ballet, music, and theater.
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Texas Opry Jamboree - Magnolia/Tomball

The Texas Opry Jamboree, has for 18 years entertained sold-out audiences with the talents of vocal and musical entertainers, an award winning band, comedy acts, and the best Cloggers anywhere in the great state of Texas!
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Hard Rock Cafe - Houston

A 35-foot guitar steeple lights your way to Hard Rock Houston in the glittery theater district, right next to Minute Maid Baseball field.
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Galleria - Houston

The Southwest's premier shopping center. Set beneath spectacular glass atriums, this collection of more than 470 shops and restaurants features the best names in American and European retailers and an ice skating rink.
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Trader's Village - Houston

Open every Saturday and Sunday year-round, this 60-acre market hosts an average of 800 merchants and a million bargain-seekers each year. Attractions include kiddie rides, restaurants and special events.
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Downtown Antique Mall - Conroe

42 antique dealers, over 10,000 square feet of showroom. Specializing in fine 19th century oak, walnut and mahogany furnishings, great collectible items and home decor.
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