Things to do in Houston
There is never a shortage of things to do in Houston, especially with the convenient location of our downtown Houston hotel. Here is a sampling of the many attractions, activities and tourist highlights to help you make the most of your stay at the The Westin Houston Downtown. Our concierge would be happy to assist you in planning your visit and exploring the exciting things to do in Houston.
The Westin Houston Downtown offers complimentary scheduled transportation within the Greater Houston Downtown area. Houston’s Downtown Light Rail System is located just 4 blocks from the property and offers easy access from downtown to the Museum District, Reliant Park and Medical Center areas.
Theater District- The downtown Houston area offers eight world-class performing arts organizations that cover a 17-block area providing theater, dance, opera and symphony. Second only to New York City in number of theater seats.
Museum District - Right outside of Downtown, accessible via the Light Rail System, you will find the Houston Natural Science Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Children’s Museum, The Menil Collection, Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum and much more.
Festivals - More than 100 annual festivals and outdoor events in downtown Houston include the Art Car Parade, Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston International Festival, HP Marathon, International Quilt Festival, Freedom Over Texas Festival, Houston Cinema & Media Arts Festival, Chevron Houston Marathon.
Visit Verizon Wireless Theater for national touring musical acts, or the Toyota Center to see the NBA Houston Rockets play.
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!
PARKS & RECREATION
Discovery Green Park - Located three blocks from the hotel is a 12-acre park and green space for events, festivals, recreation, dining and live entertainment. Complete with jogging trails, sun bathing, a lake, Wi-Fi access, restaurants and activities such as the weekly Farmer’s Market providing organic produce from local farms.
Houston YMCA - "The Y" offers an indoor pool, state-of-the-art workout facility, roof-top jogging track, and massage therapist. Play a game of racquetball, handball or squash, or practice yoga & aerobic classes. The YMCA also offers spinning, basketball, golf & boxing practice areas as well as a café. Certified Fitness instructors and lockers available.
Memorial Park - Extensive jogging & bike trails, sports fields, golf course, nature trails.
Houston Center - Three levels of retail shopping, 15 restaurants, sit down & fast food.
Houston Pavilions / GreenStreet - New retail and entertainment complex covering three blocks with retail shops and restaurants.
Downtown Houston Tunnel System - Seven-mile underground tunnel offers a wide variety of dining, shopping and retail services.