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By Bob Levin on December 21st, 2011

Categories: Popular Cities

As the largest city in Texas, Houston provides an extensive array of activities, from cultural institutions and exhibits to arts and theatre.

A great place to experience the flavor of Houston is the Theatre District, home of the Bayou Place entertainment compound in the center of downtown Houston.

The massive multilevel building contains restaurants, bars, live music, billiards and a great a destination to see the liveliness of the city. Check out the Hard Rock Café, the Blue Fish seafood restaurant or the Verizon Wireless Theatre, where you can see a variety of live concerts.

The city is home to 337 parks, including Hermann Park, Memorial Park and Sam Houston Park. Hermann Park features the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science, where you can experience a large amount of exhibits in the establishment built in 1909.

George Ranch Historical Park is a fitting place to experience some of the city’s history in this 480-acre living site. Authentic locations, historic homes and costumed presenters all makeup this legendary site.

Another remarkable family activity is the Downtown Houston Aquarium, filled with an amazing variety of water life and adventure activities. The aquarium contains everything from an aquatic carousel to a white tiger exhibit to a lovely restaurant for the whole family to enjoy.

Houston’s first public aquarium possesses 200 species of marine life and multiple exhibits, including Louisiana Swamp, Shipwreck, White Tigers, Rainforest and a Shark Voyage. You will truly experience breathtaking wildlife in a beautiful environment.

The Galleria, which hosts more than 24 million visitors each year, offers world-class shopping and features 375-plus stores, 30 restaurants, two hotels and an ice rink. Get all the souvenirs you can ask for at the Galleria and bring home great presents from the upscale boutiques and departments.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Houston without experiencing the Museum District, home to lavish culture and 18 distinct institutions. Eleven of the institutions are free year round, so you can bring the family out for an educational day and not spend too much money.

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