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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Houston

Bayou Bend

The 1920s mansion of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg now houses the early American (1620s-1870) decorative arts and painting collection from the Museum of Fine Arts. No admittance for children under 10.

1 Westcott St., TX, 713-639-7750, www.mfah.org/bayoubend
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Catch a show

Houston ranks second (behind New York) for the number of theater seats in a downtown area and is one of five U.S. cities with permanent professional companies in major performing arts disciplines (opera, ballet, music, and theater).

Houston Theater District, TX, www.houstontheaterdistrict.org
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Houston Astros

Nolan Ryan’s former team still has plenty of intrigue – catch a game with inexpensive outfield seats: $7 for adults and just $1 for kids ages 3 to 14.

Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., TX, 713-259-8000, www.astros.com
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Houston Dynamo

Long known for sports, the town’s newest athletic contender is major league soccer team, Houston Dynamos (the former San Jose Earthquakes relocated to Houston in 2005). See them play at Robertson Stadium.

Robertson Stadium, Scott & Holman Sts., TX, 713-276-7500, www.houstondynamo.com
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Houston Rockets

The star power of Tony Parker and 7-foot, 6-inch Yao Ming makes basketball a worthy splurge.

Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St., TX, 713-627-3825, www.rockets.com
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Houston Texans

Experience NFL football at a Houston Texans game. The team, added in 2002, is relatively new to the league.

Reliant Stadium, Two Reliant Park, TX, 832-667-2000, www.houstontexans.com
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Houston Zoo

Located in the 500-acre Hermann Park, Houston’s zoo is one of the best. Get close to 4,500 animals, including lions, tigers, and grizzly bears. Also here: the Houston Museum of Natural Science (713-639-4629; www.hmns.org).

1513 N. Macgregor Dr., TX, 713-533-6500, www.houstonzoo.org
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Menil Collection

Houston’s art offerings are world-class and no collection demonstrates that more than this one, with its 15,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and rare books.

1515 Sul Ross St., TX, 713-525-9400, www.menil.org
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NASA's Johnson Space Center

Visiting NASA headquarters is a must. See astronauts in training and on the “NASA Tram Tour.” Little ones love walking on the moon at the “Kids Space Place.”

1601 NASA Parkway, TX, 281-244-2100, www.spacecenter.org
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San Jacinto Monument & Battleship Texas

Don cowboy hats and pay homage to the brave Texans who fought at the 18-minute Battle of San Jacinto by touring the battleship memorial museum at this historic site.

3523 Battleground Rd., TX, 281-479-2431, www.tpwd.state.tx.us
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The Galleria

Galleria's ultra-modern architecture and high-end stores were ahead of their time when this shopping mall opened in 1970, and it's still going strong with 375+ restaurants and shops (Gucci, Nordstrom), an ice rink, and two hotels.

5085 Westheimer Rd., TX, 713-622-0663, www.simon.com
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