The worldwide capital of space exploration and international energy, Houston is as diverse as it is large!
Not only does Houston rank first nationwide for largest acreage of parkland, but the Houston area also spans 655 square miles, big enough to contain the cities of NYC, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami.
While Houston is great to visit, there are also very good reasons why more than 2.3 million people call this city home.
Houston has been included on an array of impressive lists in recent years: Fastest-Growing, Top U.S. Destination, America’s Coolest Cities and the list goes on. A couple of the most recent accolades? U.S. News & World Report ranked Houston #26 out of 125 metros on their 2018 Best Places to Live list and #12 out of 100 metros on the Best Places to Retire list.
Beyond the low cost of living, top-rated universities, booming job market, welcoming communities and plenty of restaurant options for foodies, here are our other top 5 reasons to put on your cowboy boots and line dance over to Houston.
“Houston, we have a problem”
You won’t be able to stop yourself from quoting this infamous line while visiting the Mission Control Center referenced in the Apollo 13 film. Wander around this 183,000 square foot complex and marvel at the countless exhibits and galleries showcasing years of history.
How does 19 museums and cultural centers sound? Just south of downtown, you’ll love exploring the tree-lined neighborhood that is home to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Children’s Museum, Holocaust Museum and one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S.: The Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Buffalo Bayou Park
This 52-mile span of waterway and parks known as the Buffalo Bayou extends from Houston’s River Oaks area all the way to the city of Katy, located north of the city’s center. The recent $58 million restoration provided the opportunity for visitors and residents alike to enjoy newly refreshed natural landscapes as well as miles of hiking and walking trails. The slow waters that extend along the Bayou also allow for boat tours, kayaking or canoeing. It’s a gorgeous way to enjoy the city!
This downtown park is home to countless city events and activities throughout the year, including Zumba classes, yoga sessions, a roller skating rink, an event called Dancing in the Streets, movie nights and concerts. You’ll never be bored!
This underground system is located 20 feet below the streets of downtown and spans 95 city blocks, making it more than 6 miles long. The tunnel is complete with two movie theaters, restaurants and retail stores – now that’s our kind of tunnel!
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