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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: Space Explorer Pass

3. Houston: Space Explorer Pass

Spend your day learning about space and space exploration at two different attractions in Houston. Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about the NASA Mission and astronaut training. Explore space at the Burke Baker Planetarium, which offers an unprecedented immersive experience with a best-in-class projection system.  Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts including the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples. As the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and areas used for astronaut training. At the Burke Baker Planetarium, the newly updated Digitar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. With this pass you'll also gain entry to the Museum's permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy and space science plus a whole host of other topics focused a little closer to Earth!

Houston: Space Center Self-Guided Tour with Transportation

4. 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 Tour and Aquarium Ticket

5. Houston Tour and Aquarium Ticket

Hop on board these unique open top buses to discover the best of this amazing city, with breathtaking views of the modern energy capitol of the world. Houston is the largest city in the south and it offers its visitors a great variety of attractions, magnificent architecture, historic places, and landmarks. See many of these on this hop-on hop-off tour. Tours start every morning at 10:00am from the Texan Cowboy themed Visitors Center. In addition, at the Downtown Aquarium, you can discover an amazing collection of marine life, exhibits, rides, and attractions.

Culinary Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

6. Culinary Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

Discover America's most diverse city through its booming food scene and experience flavorful food and unique culinary combinations on this tour designed especially for foodies. Visit some of Downtown's most cherished restaurants and enjoy a first-hand look at the largest tunnel system in the United States. Head to 3 or 4 different restaurants (dependent on the group size) and sample authentic Mexico City cuisine, Filipino novelties, Houston's original "The Works" pizza, and gourmet Italian-American dessert. As well as getting to see some of Downtown's best sights, you will get to learn a lot about Houston's diverse culture, industries, and history on this tour.

Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

7. Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

Explore 8 of Houston's most exciting museums including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, Houston Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, and The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. Houston is known for many incredible museums. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 3-day option for more time to visit them all. This pass is activated upon first use and valid for the days you've selected.

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

8. 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: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

9. Houston: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

See if you have what it takes to escape the room at The Escape Room Houston (Galleria). Choose between 4 immersive escape rooms and work as a team to complete a mission. Once you arrive, learn the rules of your adventure with the help of a game guide. With 4 thrilling adventures to choose from, you may find yourself as a spy sent to recover a stolen painting or an agent on a Special Ops mission to save the world. Work together with your team to find clues and solve puzzles within a series of elaborately-designed rooms. After emerging victorious, celebrate with a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants in The Galleria at your own expense. Choose from 4 themed escape rooms: • Special Ops: Mysterious Market • The Heist • Playground • The Depths

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What people are saying about Houston

Great tour . Our guide Alex, made it fun and worth it . He gave us good advice on what to do once we were inside the Space Center in order to take advantage of the 3 hours we were there. I absolutely recommend this tour !

My driver (Israel) was incredible - so knowledgeable, entertaining, attentive and accommodating. The guy is such an asset. I could not recommend this tour highly enough.

It was great!! We went to the Aquarium yesterday and today we went to the zoo. My girls loved it!! Tomorrow we will go to the science museum and we are very excited

Israel was a great tour guide! His love and knowledge for his city Houston made the experience even better! I recommend him!

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