There is never a shortage of things to do in Houston and The Westin Houston Downtown situates travelers near the city's top highlights. Whether you're visiting Houston for a quick weekend getaway or an extended-stay vacation, take advantage of our hotel's prime downtown location to explore the best attractions.
The Westin Houston Downtown provides complimentary scheduled transportation within the greater downtown Houston area. Houston's Downtown Light Rail System is located just four blocks away from the property and offers easy access from downtown to the Museum District, NRG Park and Medical Center areas.
Review our favorite things to do, below, and begin planning your travel itinerary today.
Theatre District: The downtown Houston area offers cultural buffs a variety of things to do, including eight world-class performing arts organizations spanning theater, dance, opera and symphony. Spanning a 17-block area, Houston's theatre district is second only to New York City in number of theater seats.
Museum District: Situated right outside of downtown Houston and accessible via the Light Rail System, the Museum District encompasses an array of exciting destinations, including 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: Spend a weekend enjoying the more than 100 annual festivals and outdoor events in downtown Houston throughout the year, including 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 and the Chevron Houston Marathon.
Downtown Aquarium: This dynamic attraction is the remarkable 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 and geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, the Downtown Aquarium has plenty of things to do for the entire family. Learn More>>
Revention Music Center: Catch a concert at this renowned indoor theater owned by Live Nation. The theater is located at the Bayou Place entertainment complex in downtown Houston.
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.
Downtown Houston Tunnel System: Seven-mile underground tunnel offers a wide variety of dining, shopping and retail services.
Houston Center: Three levels of retail shopping, 15 restaurants, sit down & fast food
Houston Pavilion/Green Street: New retail and entertainment complex covering three blocks with retail shops and restaurants.