Top things to do near George Bush Airport
DiverseWorks is a non-profit art center in Houston, dedicated to presenting new visual, performing and literary art. One of the leading US contemporary art centers, DiverseWorks is known for its groundbreaking artistic education programs and it is committed to helping artists who are exploring inventive pathways through their work. DiverseWorks serves as an open venue for artists, a training ground for future arts administrators and a model for arts centers across the country. If you want a real slice of the Texas art scene, you can get it here only 30 minutes’ drive from IAH.
Discover Houston's heritage
Located just 23 minutes away from IAH by car, The Heritage Society is the city of Houston’s only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Hidden amongst 10 acres (four hectares) of lush green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, this museum boasts nine historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905. Founded in 1954 in order to save the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition, The Heritage Society’s founders had one goal in mind: preserve the quickly disappearing past of Houston for the education of future generations.
Become a bookworm
The Houston Public Library system serves the city’s culturally diverse community by offering a broad program of free educational, informational and recreational activities through a central complex and neighborhood branch libraries. The library system is composed of a Central Library Complex, including the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, as well as 36 branch libraries. The Central Library Complex is a great place to learn, access innovative technology and have some educational adventures whilst you’re in Houston.
See skate culture in action
The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Downtown Houston is a much-loved local spot, away from the standard tourist trail in Houston. Whether you want to use a board, BMX or blades, you can give Houston’s street sports scene a go at this state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot (2,787 square meter) skate park. It is the first world-class, in-ground skate park in the region and it certainly gives some of the best skate facilities in the world a run for their money.
Sip a locally brewed beer
Get a real taste for Downtown Houston and the brews it produces at Brock Wagner’s Saint Arnold’s Brewery. With Houstonians heading there in droves for air-conditioned tastings, you’re guaranteed the chance to sample some of the best beers the city has to offer, all housed in a beautiful three-story location.
Settle in for the show
The Wortham Theater Center is home to both Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera and features two theaters and more than 3,500 seats. Since its opening in 1987, this place has entertained more than five million people and the calendar of events is always wonderfully diverse.
Combine architectural and literary history
After nearly three years of work, the historic Julia Ideson Library in Downtown Houston has reopened to the public. This Spanish Renaissance-style library dates back to the late 1920s and is a three-story, 66,000 square foot (6,131.6 square meter) library of grand proportions, named after Houston’s first professional librarian. New elements include a state-of-the-art archival footage wing and work areas, plus an outdoor garden and reading room that complement the original, historic structure. Now a venue for exhibits, meetings and special events, it also doubles up as a place for research and work with an impressive and valuable collection of photographs that includes 4.5 million images of historic events and everyday life in Houston.
Dive into the deep blue
The Downtown Aquarium is a great day out in Houston for all the family. Part-visitor center, part-restaurant, the aquarium is a 500,000-gallon (1.89 million-liter) multi-functional complex that boasts a Ferris wheel, an aquatic carousel, a white tiger exhibit and a restaurant. The spectacular aquarium is a sight to behold and its restaurant caters for adults and children alike. With a menu boasting silky lobster bisque as well as more child-friendly dishes such as popcorn shrimp and ‘sand dollar’ pizza, the Downtown Aquarium is a sure-fire hit for families.