Located a short distance from the hotel, The Galleria, which has over 26 million visitors each year, is Texas’ largest shopping center. Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination.
A plethora of amenities, including a full-size ice rink for recreational use, a state-of-the-art children’s play area, two swimming pools, a video arcade, three full-service national and international banks, two tailor shops, more than seven beauty salons, and a post office, continually serve a wide range of shoppers.
The Houston Museum District consists of four walkable zones comprised of 19 museums including the Menil Collection which features over 17,000 painting, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books; Diverseworks focusing on visual and performing arts; the Museum of Fine Arts whose collection spans six continents and 6,000 years of history in 64,000 works; and the Houston Zoo.
As one of the most popular museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a huge draw for both children and adults. In addition to the Museum’s permanent exhibits on astronomy, space science, Native American culture, Egyptian culture, paleontology, energy, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and much more, visitors can visit the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX® Theatre, and Cockrell Butterfly Center. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.
Memorial Park is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Park offers something for everyone including 30 miles of hiking trails, tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness center and swimming pool.
Since opening in 1945, the Texas Medical Center has become the world’s largest medical complex and the pioneer in patient care, research, education and prevention. Today, the center consists of 21 renowned hospitals specializing in every aspect of healthcare including children and cancer, 14 support organizations, 10 academic institutions, eight academic and research institutions, seven nursing programs, three public health organizations, three medical schools, two pharmacy schools and a dental school.