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Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Explore Space Center Houston with its 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. Discover attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program, all for one admission price. See the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. Go behind-the-scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center (based on availability). Learn about the world-renowned home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Experience the newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. See the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters which is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission. It marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

2. Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

Explore the wonders of space travel on an unforgettable tour that includes a mini-city tour around Houston and roundtrip transportation to the NASA/Johnson Space Center.  Enjoy interactive exhibits and activities, touch a moon rock, take a tram ride to the NASA control center and see the shuttle replica at the Independence Plaza. Begin your day of space exploration on land as you are taken a short city sightseeing tour around Houston where you can see some of its most important landmarks.  Afterward, drive 25 miles from the center of Houston to the Space Center Houston and experience America’s adventures in space first-hand. Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It is a separate facility that features activities and exhibits designed jointly by NASA and Disney Imagineering. Get a chance to ride the half-hour tram tour that goes to the gigantic International Space Station Assembly Building and to the NASA control center. Both kids and adults will enjoy the interactive displays. Don’t miss the Starship Gallery Artifact Museum, where you can touch a moon rock or try out the simulator that lets you land the lunar orbiter.

Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

3. Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of natural science with an entrance ticket to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the United States most-visited museums. See spectacular mineral specimens, dinosaur skeletons, space-station models, and much more. Gaze at dozens of prehistoric beasts in the Morian Hall of Paleontology brought to life in lively displays that animate their struggle to survive. See a blue topaz crystal of more than 2,000 carats in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. Celebrate the diversity of America’s indigenous peoples in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas. Come face to face with wildlife ecology at the Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife, or learn about shell science and the study of mollusks at the Strake Hall of Malacology.

Houston: Downtown Underground Tunnel Tour

4. Houston: Downtown Underground Tunnel Tour

Discover why Houston, the most populated city in Texas and the 4th most-populated city in the United States can look like a ghost town during warm summer days. This is because just 20-25 feet below street level, there are more than 7.5 miles of underground tunnels that encompass Texas' tallest skyscrapers and serve as a corporate playground for a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. Start the tour in Downtown Houston and set off on a unique tour to some of the city's most well-renowned skyscrapers. Enjoy great photo opportunities alongside Texas' two tallest buildings, the oldest bank in Houston, and the newest portion of the downtown tunnel system. During the tour, learn all about the history of the city's extensive Tunnel System and its modern corporate appeal including a diverse range of great dining options and business amenities that resemble Houston's diversity.

Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

5. Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

Discover the history of Holocaust Museum Houston with this entry ticket. See the museum's permanent exhibitions and pay your respects to the innocent victims of the Holocaust. Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people on the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, and honoring survivors' legacies. Using lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides, the museum strives to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy. See the museum's five permanent exhibitions, including the Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery. Explore the historical evolution of human rights and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document that set the foundation for the modern-day human rights movement. Admission is free on the following holidays: Human Rights Day – December 10, 2022 International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2023 Yom HaShoah – April 18, 2023 Walter Kase Free Admission Day – May 5, 2023 Stefi Altman Free Admission Day – May 14, 2023 The Museum is free to all on Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Houston: Children's Museum of Houston Entry Ticket

6. Houston: Children's Museum of Houston Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Children’s Museum Houston and let your children run, play, explore, learn, touch, smell, feel, and so much more in a variety of different exhibits. Exhibits regularly change so visiting multiple times is still fun for both locals and visitors alike. Current exhibits may include: • Tot*Spot (ages 0-35 months): Perfect place for the youngest guests to play and grow their brains (reopening September 20, 2022) • EcoStation (ages 2+): Explore the native plant garden, solar-powered research pavilion, woodland area, and the pond habitat • Cyberchase (ages 3+): A math adventure where forces join with the CyberSquad in their quest to save Cyberspace • FlowWorks (ages 5+): Learn about the forces and properties of water with waves, rapids, vortices, and hydropower • Heart and Seoul (ages 3+): Immerse your child in South Korean culture through the lives of children in Seoul • Inventor's Workshop (ages 3+): Use imagination to create extraordinary objects, mechanisms, and inventions • Genius Station (ages 4+): Discover your inner genius with the museum's very own science experts who are ready to answer all your questions • Challenge Course (ages 5+): Using agility, stamina, and balance, kids test out a 7-obstacle, low-rope course • How Does It Work (ages 5+): Conduct hands-on investigations around physical science concepts and how they appear in our everyday lives • Invention Convention (ages 5+): Unleash imagination inside this workshop filled with gadgets and gizmos that kids design and build • Kidtropolis, USA (ages 5+): A city for kids run by kids where kids choose what they want to be and work with other kids to make it function • Matter Factory (ages 5+): Explore the building blocks of matter while immersing yourself in the • Periodic Table of Elements • PowerPlay (ages 5+): Explore the science of nutrition, health, and exercise • Maker Annex (ages 8+): Be creative with 3-D printers, laser cutters, and more • Power Science Lab (ages 8+): Check out the science behind the body and the mind and overall health in a hands-on chemical wet lab • Kids' Hall (all ages): Traveling art and cultural exhibits from across the world with new activities introduced weekly • Parent Resource Library (all ages): A branch of the Houston Public Library right at the museum

Houston: Space Center Self-Guided Tour with Transportation

7. Houston: Space Center Self-Guided Tour with Transportation

Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. Discover more than 400 space artifacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display. Explore the red planet in the new Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, the hardware required, and how we may live on the red planet in the next few decades. See the international landmark Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and the NASA breakthroughs and technological advances gained from the Space Shuttle Program. Journey on to the NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration (you will not be accompanied by a guide during your visit to the center). Explore Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed. Visit Historic Mission Control, from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the first lunar landing. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

8. Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

Discover the secrets of one of Houston's most iconic and historical landmarks on a guided, walking tour. Hear about the origins of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and admire the subterranean architecture as you experience a highly unusual space with vast columns and a 17-second echo. Check in at the Visitor Center of Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston's oasis of green in the middle of the city. Meet your guide at the entrance of the cistern, and discover how the structure was built in 1926 as the city's original drinking water reservoir. You'll be led into the cavernous cistern that has been repurposed as a subterranean public space. Marvel at an interior the size of 1.5 football fields and which, at one time, held 15 million gallons of drinking water. Unleash your inner child and play in the space. Trying calling out to hear the 17-second echo as the sound of your voice bounces off the walls and ceilings. Admire the architecture of monolithic concrete columns.

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

9. Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

Take in Houston's main sites and attractions during a day trip. Explore the city's parks and districts and visit the Space Center to learn all about space exploration. Meet your guide outside the Toyota Center and climb aboard the van for your 3-hour guided tour of Houston. First, visit Green Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Next, get some great photos of art in Graffiti Park. Take in the entertainment district, followed by the court district. See the Annunciation Catholic Church and nearby Minute Maid Park. Next, visit the historic districts. Take in Harris county courthouse and Congress plaza and learn the history of the Rice Hotel before heading to the art district. See the Downtown Aquarium, Buffalo Bayou, and City Hall. Marvel at the Chevron Building Auditorium. Admire Houston Museum District with the stunning McGovern Centennial Gardens and much more. Then, visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States. Explore the red planet at the new Mission Mars exhibit. Enter a shuttle replica and enjoy a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era. Then, go on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration with the NASA Tram Tour. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

10. Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

During your visit to Houston, be sure to check out the city's historic downtown area. Find out about how the main street was revitalized, why Houston is not the state capital, visit the Theatre District, see downtown street art, and more on this guided walking tour. Begin at the Personage and Birds statue in front of the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Learn about the history of this artwork, the surrounding architecture, and the Notsuoh Festival of the early 1900s. As your guide points out some notable bars,hear how the main street was revitalized in the 1980s. Head to Allen's Landing, the birthplace of the city, and discover the history of the ice houses of Houston. Continue onwards and hear about Houston's Forrest Gump, Howard Hughes Jr. Finally, pass through the Historic Market Square and learn about the area's history and the story of the town hall bell.

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based on 82 reviews

It was spectacular! The weather was terrible, but I was so happy to be there! Everything was well organized, the people at the desk were kind and helpful, and they were very nice to schedule our team tours back to back rounding out a wonderful day! I really wanted a NASA, or Artemis or HSC sweatshirt, but they were too expensive. I would definitely revisit the space center.

Who knew there was such a thriving environment below the streets of Houston. Our guide, Vanessa, was knowledgeable, personable, animated, and projected well. We had a great experience and loved learning about some of Houston's history.

Wonderful experience for all things NASA. The history, so many things to see and experience as well as future plans for space exploration.

Vanessa is a very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and super helpful guide. It was a pleasure to have her leading our tour.

Vanessa was a wonderful tour guide! We had a great time and she was very knowledgeable.