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American Airlines has convenient flights to Houston that make it simple to plan a visit here. Although Houston might be best known for NASA's Johnson Space Center, this city has an impressive list of attractions, including world-class museums, a thriving performing arts scene, professional sports and countless shopping opportunities. The list of things to do in Houston is as big as the Lone Star State itself!
Of course, one of the most popular activities in Houston is a visit to Space Center Houston. The official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center is 180,000 square feet of education, entertainment and exhibits dedicated to human adventures in space. In addition to permanent exhibits and attractions, Space Center Houston features a constant rotation of traveling exhibits, so even if you've been here before, it's definitely worth another trip. Kids are especially big fans of this place, and there are many features that cater to them. Space Center Houston is open daily all year long (two exceptions: October 8 and December 25). It's located approximately 25 miles south of downtown in the NASA/Clear Lake area.
Another one of the most enjoyable things to do in Houston is to spend time in Hermann Park and the Museum District. At Hermann Park you'll find a zoo, an aquarium and a garden center in addition to precious urban green space. Next door to Hermann is the Museum of Natural Science (kids will love the Cockrell Butterfly Center, where you can walk through a living butterfly habitat). The Museum of Fine Art is also wonderful for exploring, with two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden and more. You won't want to miss The Menil Collection, where the personal holdings of John and Dominique de Menil are exhibited. The Rothko Chapel, also founded by the de Menils, is dedicated to displaying the works of Russian-born American painter Mark Rothko. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can visit the Art Car Museum, a private institution, for the most artistic works on wheels you'll likely ever experience. (Locals like to call it Garage Mahal.)
After educating yourself about space and art, take a break and indulge in Houston's vast assortment of shops and boutiques. Shopping is arguably one of the most popular activities in Houston, with shoppers descending upon the city from around the globe. You'll be able to shop everything from designer boutiques to flea markets to local jewelry stores.
However you'd like to explore the city, American Airlines has many great options for flying to Houston so you can build the trip that perfect for your schedule and interests.