InterContinental Houston - Medical Center
From the moment you step out of your room and into the heart of Houston, there are many sites to discover and things to do near Texas Medical Center. Start your day off with simmering coffee and a mouth-watering breakfast at Safina Mediterranean, which is conveniently located near the lobby, before uncovering all of the city's hidden gems. Breathe in the fresh air as you take a stroll through the picturesque landscapes of Hermann Park. Take a train ride around the park or rent a pedal boat before visiting the Japanese Garden. Admire the azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods, and cherry trees as you wander through this peaceful hideaway before making your way to the teahouse to sip on hot tea. Later, visit the Health Museum, an interactive science center, and a member institution of the Texas Medical Center. Take a walking tour through the Amazing Body Pavilion and get an up-close look at the exhibits that showcase how the human body functions.
In the early afternoon, make your way to Rice University, which is located near the Houston Museum District. Walk through the tree-lined campus, which has six schools of study. There are a plethora of things to do near Rice University, but touring the nationally acclaimed Museum of Natural History is a must for all visitors. Here, you can explore the five floors of permanent exhibits spanning astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, geology, seashells, and Texas wildlife. Afterward, venture to the renowned Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where you can contemplate a diverse range of paintings and sculptures created by artists from around the world throughout the centuries. Visit the Holocaust Museum Houston where you can reflect on significant events that took place during the Holocaust and World War II. End the afternoon with a visit to the Houston Zoo, the second most visited zoo in the United States, where you can explore 55 acres of beautiful landscapes, parks, and exhibits with both exotic and local animals. Marvel at zebras, rhinoceros, and chimpanzees at the African Forest exhibit, or head over to the Bird Habitats exhibit to spot the Blue-Winged Kookaburra, St. Vincent Amazon Parrot, or Micronesian Kingfisher. If you prefer to indulge in a shopping experience unlike any other, the boutiques and luxury shops at River Oaks Shopping District and The Galleria are ideal for uncovering the latest fashion trends.
Round out your day in Houston with an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. Cheer on the home team as you enjoy funnel cakes, corn dogs, or chicken tenders. If you're visiting during the off-season, get a behind-the-scenes look at the field, dugout, batting cages, and visitor's clubhouse on a Ballpark Tour. If you enjoy live entertainment, make your way to Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park where you can see a comedy show or concert. Once you've worked up an appetite for dinner, consider visiting the Montrose neighborhood for some mouth-watering cuisine. With bistros, cantinas, and cafes, this neighborhood serves up some of the best culinary creations in the city and is known for its lively nightlife.
The World's Largest Medical Center
Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical complex in the world with 54 medicine-related institutions spanning over 1,000 acres. The medical center and its world-renowned doctors and nurses receive an average of 10 million patient visits each year. What's even more impressive is that doctors at TMC begin a surgery every three minutes and deliver a baby every 20 minutes. Furthermore, the world's largest cancer treatment and children's hospitals are located at TMC.
In the early 1960s, Houston was known as the Bayou City, and its baseball team was called the Colt .45s. However, when the federal government chose Houston for its Manned Spacecraft Center, the team name changed overnight. Soon, the baseball team became the Astros and Hoston got the nickname "Space City." The Manned Spacecraft Center, now known as Johnson Space Center, served as Mission Control Center for the U.S. human space flight program, and all Apollo missions were run out of Houston. While astronauts today blast off from other parts of the world, the International Space Station is still operated by mission control in Houston.
The Largest Livestock and Rodeo Show in the World
Dating back to 1931, the month-long Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts nearly three million attendees each year and is the largest livestock and rodeo show in the world. The annual festival, held at the NRG Stadium, offers visitors barbecue cook-offs, fantastic shopping with over 300 vendors, bull riding, concerts, trail rides, wine-tasting, and fun-filled carnivals. Visitors wanting to tantalize their taste buds can try an array of unique treats, such as chocolate-covered jalapenos, deep-friend Nutella, and giant pickle-stuffed corn dogs.