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Houston Downtown Aquarium

Six acres of aquatic entertainment.

Houston’s Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building have been reimagined to create the Downtown Aquarium, an impressive six-acre entertainment complex. The Downtown Aquarium houses over 200 species of aquatic life in it’s 500,000-gallon aquatic tank.

Alongside the aquarium itself, the Downtown Aquarium features a full-service restaurant, upscale bar, fully equipped ballroom, and various educational exhibits meant to excite and enlighten visitors of all ages. Touch a stingray, peek at four white tigers, and more, all at Downtown Aquarium.

Houston Zoo

Meet 6,000 animals from 900 species.

Nestled within Hermann Park and spanning 55-acres, the Houston Zoo is a must-visit for any wildlife enthusiast. The Houston Zoo features over 6,000 animals across 900 species.

Thanks to the diverse population of animals that live there, the Houston Zoo is the second most visited zoo in the United States with 2.55 million annual visitors throughout the year. The Houston Zoo also holds various special events, providing year-round entertainment to Houstonians and visitors alike.

Galveston Island

Beaches, thrill rides, and a quaint urban scene.

With 32 miles of breathtaking beaches and a collection of top restaurants and shops--plus the historic Pleasure Pier thrill rides--Galveston Island is an ideal destination for visitors of all interests.

Kids will love the roller coasters, parents will love the diverse food and dining options, and everyone will revel in Galveston Island’s quaint downtown and unique, sandy coastline.

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NASA Johnson Space Center

The ultimate space flight hotspot.

For more than half a century, NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a nexus for human spaceflight activity. In addition to housing programs that focus on scientific and technological advancements, the Johnson Space Center is also home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and an ever-growing roster for forthcoming space developments.

Visitors can learn about the excitement, as well as the technicalities, of space travel from the site where it all began.

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Rice University

Experience nearly a century of history.

Rice University (then called the Rice Institute) opened in 1921, and conferred its first doctorate degree in 1918. With colors blue and gray and a mascot of the owl, Rice University prides itself as a top teaching and research university in the nation.

Thanks to nearly a century of history in collegiate education, Rice University is home to many historical artifacts, the crown jewel of which is “Willy’s statue,” a memorial to university founder William Marsh Rice.

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