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Houston, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 426
Total Sleeping Rooms 54,572
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 115
Convention Center Space 3,900,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 3,900,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 639,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $121
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $236
*Maximum for a single hotel

Houston, TX Things to Do and Attractions

Chinatown

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Located west of Bellaire in the Alief neighborhood, Houston's Chinatown has the second-largest Indochinese population in the U.S. The area offers eight temples and 150 restaurants representing the 35 regions of China. There are also several Asian

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Downtown Aquarium

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Embark on an underwater adventure at Houston's Downtown Aquarium - boasting 500,000 gallons of observation water tanks filled with more than 200 species of marine life. Located within the 400 block of Bagby, the Aquarium offers several amusing rides

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Gallery Row

Located at the intersection of Colquitt and Lake Streets, Gallery Row has served as host to art lovers for more than two decades. Here, a mesmerizing collection of galleries are housed door-to-door in a striking, Arquitectonica-designed postmodern

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Midtown Farmers Market

Founded by Houston Chef Monica Pope, the Midtown Farmers Market is located in the T'afia restaurant parking lot on Travis Street. Open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm regardless of weather, this colorful market has become a Saturday morning

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The Orange Show Monument

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Created by Jefferson Davis McKissack to pay homage to the virtues of his favorite fruit, this unique 3,000-square-foot monument is constructed out of concrete, brick, and steel, as well as a hodgepodge of bizarre found objects like gears, tiles,

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Armand Bayou Canoe Tours

Take a guided tour down the backwaters of Armand Bayou and observe birds, reptiles, deer, and other wildlife in their natural habitats. The trip is approximately two to three miles from start to finish and is appropriate for canoers of all skill

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Bar Annie

Looking for a late night bite to eat and a few cocktails? Try Bar Annie for moderately priced bistro appetizers, salads and Southwestern style entrees. From buttery guacamole to steamed mussels and yellowfin tuna, Bar Annie specializes in simple and

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Belvedere

Belvedere is characterized by a diverse crowd, contemporary architecture, white-marble floors, chrome accents, and translucent walls. Whether entertaining a colleague or capping off an evening out with friends, this cutting-edge lounge and bar is the

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Chaise Lounge

A black and white tile floor, chic low-slung couches, colorful walls adorned with black and white photography, and snug tables define this stylish retro cocktail lounge and neighborhood hot spot. Live music is offered every Wednesday night. On

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Continental Club

From alternative rock to the sounds of blues and country, the Continental Club offers a wide range of live music. Housed in an old general store dating back to the 1920s, this historic building still has metal ceilings and its original fixtures. A

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Destination Houston Tours

Learn about the history and culture of Houston on your own customized tour of the city. Explore Houston Heights with stops at the Art Car Museum, The Heights Playground, Marmion Park, and 19th Street Shops; or take a Tunnel Walk and Rail Tour

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Haak Vineyards & Winery, Inc.

After more than 25 years of growing grapes and making wine, local Texans Raymond and Gladys Haak opened this 11,000-square-foot winery, including an 1,800 square foot cellar where wine is stored and aged in oak barrels. They offer several tours and

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Harwin Drive

While the luxuries and amenities of large shopping complexes are unavailable here—no food courts, fitting rooms or restrooms, Harwin Drive is an absolute must for bargain lovers. Whether looking for a new leather jacket, designer bag, heavenly

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Houston Aeros

Put on your jeans and a sweatshirt and head down to the Toyota Center to see the two-time league champion Aeros, Houston's American Hockey League team. With over 80 games played over the course of their 7-month season, tickets are readily available;

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Houston Astros

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Watch 2005 National League Champions, the Houston Astros, compete for another victory at Minute Maid Park. Completed in 2000 with a retractable roof, the Park's construction returned open-air baseball to Houston for the first time in 35 years. In

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Houston Comets

Winning more championships than any other team in the WNBA, the Houston Comets have been dominating women's basketball for the past ten years. Comets tickets are available from May through September and range in price from approximately $10 to $100

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Houston Dynamo

Led by 2005 MLS Coach of the Year, Dominic Kinnear, the Houston Dynamo played their first game at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium on April 1, 2006 and not long after became champions of the 2006 MLS Cup. The MLS season starts in April

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Houston Rockets

Making up some of the Western Conference's top competitors, this championship NBA team won consecutive national titles in 1994 and 1995. Spectators will be amazed by the talent and size of NBA's tallest All-Star, Yao Ming, who measures in at

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Houston Texans

The Houston Texans boast the accomplishment of becoming the first NFL team to their expansion debut in 41 years, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 in front of a stadium of 69,604 cheering fans. Home-team of number-one-draft-pick defensive end Mario

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Museum District

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With more than seven million annual visitors, the Houston Museum District is one of the leading cultural districts in the United States. The District is made up of eighteen institutions—Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,

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Pub Fiction

Popular for its live music, drink specials, 28 televisions, and outdoor patio, Pub Fiction is a popular spot for catching a sports game or grabbing a few beers with colleagues or friends. Open from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, this contemporary bar

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Ringside at Sullivan's

For live music, it does not get much better than the Ringside Bar at Sullivan's Steakhouse. Here, live entertainment is offered seven nights a week. Enjoy a high-end cognac, single malt scotch, glass of wine, and even a cigar while being serenaded by

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River Oaks Shopping Center

Built in 1937, River Oaks Shopping Center claims the title of the second oldest shopping center in the United States. Located in Houston's most fashionable neighborhood, this historic complex includes 38 stores, 15 restaurants, the illustrious River

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Sammy's

Featuring live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, Sammy's is known for its headliner, Houston legend Sammy Relford, who brings his talent to Midtown after ten years of entertaining at the Gallant Knight. Relford's soulful sound has

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The Beer Can House

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Constructed out of more than 50,000 beer cans, the Beer Can House is definitely a bizarre site to see. The legend has it that John Milkovish refused to throw anything away. After many years, he became so fed up with his overflowing stash of empty

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The Corkscrew

Located inside a refurbished building on Washington, the Corkscrew offers more than 250 wines ranging from the affordably priced to the more expensive boutique wines. A cypress bar, tasteful décor and cozy seating create a perfect setting for patrons

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The Galleria

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Ranking as the fourth largest retail complex in the nation, the Galleria is comprised of more than 375 stores, 30 restaurants, 2 hotels, and a full-sized ice skating rink. Home to stores like Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo, as well as the anchor

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Walter's on Washington

Originally just a great neighborhood bar, Walter's on Washington has become a staple for Houston live music lovers, offering the best of local, regional, and national bands. Cheap beer, friendly bartenders, and a huge 62-inch big-screen TV create an

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Cova

With the creation of a certified wine educator, this tapas restaurant, wine bar, and store offers the total wine experience. With more than 1,200 wines to choose from, visitors can purchase a bottle, a glass, or even join one of several wine clubs.

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Hunan Restaurant

A sushi lover's must, this funky restaurant and bar with deep-purple walls is located downtown. With a black river-rock entrance, bamboo columns, glowing honeycomb onyx bar and leather bar stools, Hunan Restaurant is host to both the banter of hungry

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Indika

Contemporary décor, dark wood, and classic but modern furniture give this top Houston restaurant its charm. Fascinating Indian artwork and artifacts serve as accents on saffron-hued walls. An innovative menu invites visitors to delight in the fresh

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Las Alamedas

Enter through beautiful mahogany doors into a room filled with rich aromas, flavors and a light-hearted spirit. Stone floors, iron accents, 30-foot-high ceilings, and an ornate bar complement the grandeur of the building's pillared exterior.

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Max's Wine Dive

With an outstanding wine list, exposed brick walls, and luxe leather booths, this is not your typical dive bar. While Max's specializes in late-night comfort food including Texas-style chili, kobe beef burgers, and king-size "haute dogs," it hosts a

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Zula

Located two blocks from the Theatre District, this glitzy two-level restaurant is the new hot spot for pre-theater diners. Glittering mirrors, dim lighting, and subdued colors create an elegant and modern setting. Zula offers New American food with a

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Health Museum

Since opening its doors more than 10 years ago, more than 1.5 million people have visited the Health Museum. This interactive museum encourages learning and exploration in the sciences with nature scavenger hunts, real organ dissections, mini-med

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Holocaust Museum of Houston

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Since its opening in March of 2006, the Holocaust Museum of Houston has been educating the public about the dangers of hatred in society, changing the lives of visitors from all over the world. The "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" exhibit

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The Art Car Museum

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Nicknamed "Garage Mahal," the Art Car Museum strives to highlight the talents of contemporary artists that are seldom acknowledged by other cultural institutions. In addition to housing art exhibitions by numerous acclaimed local, regional, and

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The Children's Museum of Houston

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Best for children from birth to age 12, the Children's Museum of Houston offers 14 exhibits with loads of amusement, all for under $5. Children can pretend to be architects in the Building zone, examining the tools used by contractors and exploring

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Allen's Landing

This 1.76-acre natural sanctuary is often described as the "heart of Houston" as it is here that August C. and John K. Allen first stepped foot upon the land of Houston, defining it as their own in 1836. With the recent completion of a $2.8 million

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the upper Texas gulf coast about an hour and a half east of Houston, this 34,000-acre stretch of wilderness is home to alligators, whistling duck, migratory birds, muskrat, bobcat, and an abundance of other wildlife. During the fall and

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Brazos Bend State Park

Approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Houston, Brazos Bend State Park stretches across nearly 5,000 acres with the Brazos River forming its southeastern border. Six lakes form a fisherman's haven with piers located at 40-acre, Elm and Hale

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Buffalo Bayou Park

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Host of Houston's annual 4th of July firework show and many additional festivals, this 124-acre expanse of tree-shaded park stretches from Shepherd Drive on the West to Bagby Street on the east. Featuring hiking and biking trails, exercise stations,

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Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Named after original owners, Thelma and Charles Mercer, the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens are comprised of 250 acres of East Texas piney woods and over 20 acres of cultivated gardens. Visitors will enjoy miles of trails scattered with colorful

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The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Founded in 1967 and located on the southwest corner of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is one of the oldest nature education centers in Texas. This 155-acre nature center offers an escape from the fast pace of the city with five

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