The Houston Port is part of the fourth largest city in the U.S. From its humble beginnings in 1863 as a blossoming port and connecting railway, Houston's oil discovery blasted its economy into the 21st Century. Oil refineries and Fortune 500 companies in glass skyscrapers are tempered with a successful performing arts district and famous Civil War monuments. Houston port of call is waiting for you to enjoy it's bounty.
The Houston Galleria is not just your ordinary shopping experience. With Tiffanys and Co. and Saks, Neimans and Macy's, the unique ambiance will be sure to please. Its one of a kind architecture coordinates with the world class shops all under its spectacular glass atriums. With 375 shops and restaurants, weary shoppers can even wind down on the remarkable ice skating rink.
Gracious and welcoming shop owners operate the trendy and eclectic collection of stores located in the old town of Spring, just 25 miles north of Houston cruise port. Here you will find turn of the century homes updated to host antiques, accessories and gifts to be cherished by everyone. Eateries, wine tastings and unique gifts from specialty shops like Gypsy Rose and Vamp Vintage Wear will surely make you the toast of the town.
Things to Do
While visiting the Houston cruise terminal take a trip to 1601 NASA Road to the Johnson Space Center. A host of tours are available for individuals and families. Imax theater, tours of mission control and an astronaut gallery featuring a world renowned collection of space suits will entertain the child in everyone. Tours are available for families and premier insider tours are also available. For the latter be sure to call ahead.
Houston's Visitors Center is a great place to start your visit. Located in the historic City Hall building, it hosts a statue of Sam Houston and a mini-theater describing Houston's past and development. Outside enjoy a quiet moment at the local park where you can sit and take a break or enjoy a snack from one of the nearby shops.
If you like the arts and entertainment, visit the theater district near Texas Avenue. The Alley Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Theatre Under the Stars all make their permanent home there. Second only to New York City, the Houston Theater District hosts 12,948 seats for live performances.
Restaurants and Bars
There are plenty of exceptional restaurants in the Houston area. With food choices to suit every budget you won't go hungry. For an upscale dinner choose Tony's on Post Oak Blvd. near the Galleria area. Its chic and fashionable décor specializes in a south American/Argentinean cuisine. Continue on to Woodway Drive to the Nit Noi for fresh Thai food in a relaxed atmosphere.
To take in some live jazz try the Sambuca on Texas St. Formerly the Rice Hotel the eclectic atmosphere is a stylish spot to enjoy a drink while contemplating dinner. The place is also a favorite among locals to cool off with a fine cocktail.