Houston is the most crowded city in Texas, and the fourth most densely populated city in the United States. According to recent Census Reports the population of the city was 2,195,914, and it covers an area of some 1,552 square kilometres. The George Bush Intercontinental Airport services Houston.
Houston is the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions including NASA's Johnson Space Center. Houston's economy has a vast industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also the leading manufacturer of oilfield tools.
The city is comprised of a cosmopolitan demography and an interesting variety of cultures. The Houston Museum District is regularly visited by tourists. It is a conglomeration of 20 museums, galleries, cultural centres and organisations that promote art, science, history and the culture of the city.
The Houston Theater District is the hub of the city's visual and performing arts. Nine performing art centres and the famous Bayou Place are situated in this area. The Bayou Place is a recreational complex that includes many theatres, bars and restaurants. The city has rich cultural tradition with opera, ballet and orchestra companies that permanently reside here.
Science buffs will have an amazing time at the Space Center Houston. The visitors area of NASA's Lyndon B. The Space Center depicts the history of NASA's manned space flight program. It is here that you can see stones that have been collected from the moon's surface.
The Museum of Fine Arts chronicles the long history of art and crafts of human civilization. The Glassell Collection of African Gold exhibition includes exquisite gold works from the royal courts of the Akan people of Ghana and Cote de Ivoire, better known as the Ivory Coast. Rare artefacts used by the Oceanic islands, Indonesia and native American Indians are also showcased at the museum.
The Houston Downtown Aquarium preserves more than 400 different marine creatures, and the shark display is certainly a hit with the tourists. The Houston Zoo is home to the rare species of red pandas and komodo dragons. Visitors can also see watch giraffes in their natural African habitat here.
Houston also has an amazing skyline, and is home to the JPMorgan Chase Tower. This building is both the tallest composite building and five sided building in the world. The skyline also proudly showcases three different eras of architecture from the 1920's, 1970's and thru to today.
As with most American large cities there is a bunch of cool other stuff to see such as the Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park, Minute Maid Park, the Miller Outdoor Theatre, The Galleria, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, the Astrodome, the USS Texas, The Orange Show, Market Square Park, the Bayou Music Center, Alley Theatre, Bear Creek Pioneers Park and Williams Tower.
If you want to keep the rugrat's entertained, there is the Wet n Wild Splash Town and the Children's Museum of Houston.