48 Hours in Houston, Texas
48 Hours in Houston, Texas
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DAY 1 - FRIDAY
8am: Breakfast – The Breakfast Klub
Your first day will begin with the number one breakfast spot in Houston. The Breakfast Klub is recognized as one of the best breakfast restaurants in the nation. It is a kasual family style restaurant decorated with modern art, lush plants and wood tables. Located in Houston’s Midtown and Zagat rated, the breakfast klub has been recognized as one of the “best breakfast restaurants in the nation” by Good Morning America, USA Today, Esquire and Forbes Magazines, and acknowledged by the Houston Press 2011 Readers Choice as best in klass.
The breakfast klub is central to Houston’s daily life…lokal politicos kome here to powwow; downtown lawyers and CEOs congregate and debate; families gather after church; university students kan kome in for an affordable meal and bottomless kups of coffee; Medical Center patients and visitors know they kan stop before or after appointments for healing treatments of the kulinary kind…make no mistake, the breakfast klub is a Houston institution and a destination spot for every visitor in every sense of the word.
10am: Space Center Houston
After breakfast head down south to Space Center Houston. Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, is Houston’s Number 1 attraction for international visitors and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area.
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. There is always something new to see and do. With more than 400 space artifacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display and at multiple major seasonal exhibits a year, Space Center Houston offers an array of exciting attractions for people of all ages.
Explore the red planet during your next visit in our new Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule and feel the texture of rock cliffs inspired by the red planet in our brand-new interactive exhibit. Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, what hardware will get us to the fourth planet in our solar system and how humans may live on the red planet in the next few decades.
A must-see is the international landmark Independence Plaza presented by Boeing. It is the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where visitors can enter both vehicles. The eight-story, multiple-exhibit complex gives visitors a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and the NASA breakthroughs and technological advances gained from the Space Shuttle Program which impacted future exploration.
1.30pm: Kemah Boardwalk
Next you will head to the Kemah Boardwalk. It is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.
Guests can dine at: Cadillac Bar, The Aquarium, Landry’s Seafood House, Saltgrass, Bayside Grille or the Flying Dutchman.
The Kemah Boardwalk also features several retail specialty shops and kiosks for your shopping pleasure!
7pm: The Original Ninfa’s
After resting up at the hotel you will head to The Original Ninfa’s for authentic Tex Mex! This is where it all started, where Mama Ninfa first stuffed chargrilled sliced beef into a handmade flour tortilla and launched the national fajita craze. The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation...
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation was created by “Mama” Ninfa Laurenzo in 1973 after the death of her husband, John. She started by grilling skirt steak and serving it in tortillas from her family’s struggling tortilla factory. The resulting dish – “Tacos al Carbon” (which later became known as “Fajitas”) was the basis for Mama Ninfa’s legend in Houston and in the history of Tex-Mex cuisine. Mama Ninfa passed away in 2001, and in 2005, Legacy Restaurants purchased The Original Ninfa’s. In the ensuing years, Legacy and Executive Chef Alex Padilla have restored, updated, and improved The Original Ninfa’s. After more than 40 years in business, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is more popular than ever and still is serving “The Best Mexican Food in Texas since Texas was in Mexico!”
9.45pm: After dinner drinks, dancing and live music – The Rustic
The Rustic is Houston’s newest downtown hot spot. With a relaxed casual atmosphere, it’s a place where anyone can feel at home.
Down-home offerings sourced from Texas ranchers and farmers. Cold, local craft beers and Texas-spirit-driven cocktails and drinks. A backyard under the stars. Live music every day of the week….there is no better way to end your first day in Houston!
DAY 2 - SATURDAY
8.30am: Breakfast – Snooze AM Eatery
Your second day will begin with delicious food from this retro / quirky eatery.
Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born on April 2, 2006 in Denver, Colorado seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service.
Breakfast marks the beginning of a new day. At Snooze, we believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating. Our mantra: it only takes a moment to make a difference.
At Snooze, we’re connected by a common desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We believe we’re all one, big family – Snoozers, partners, guests, neighbors, planet – and we strive to be a part of the communities where we live.
One percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods (A.K.A. pancakes!) and services.
Snooze believes in doing the responsible thing for people and the planet. Each month our Snoozers learn about a different aspect of being Green. From composting and recycling about 90% of our waste to focusing on resource conservation and using responsible materials, we’re working to help create a better world for future generations.
10am: The Houston Museum of Natural Science
No trip to Houston would be complete without a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to “enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects.” To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.
1.15pm: Lunch – The Pit Room
After lunch we will take your guests on an exciting and educational tour of Houston…known as Space City USA!
Some of the downtown attractions will include Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, The Toyota Center, Discovery Green and Green Street.
Some of the Houston art, music and culture sights will include the Jones Hall, The Hobby Center, Bayou Place, The Wortham Center and the Alley Theater. Did you know that Houston is second only to New York with over 10,000 theater seats in a concentrated downtown area?
A few of the Museum District sights will include the Museum of Fine Arts, The Contemporary Arts Museum, The Holocaust Museum and The Menil.
The world’s largest and most renowned medical center will be the next area to cover. Our 42 non-profit institutions on 675 acres has over 100,000 people in it a day!
The final area will be the Galleria. The Galleria is host to many important corporations, including the Williams Tower, the Water Wall, however it is best known for its shopping. From Nordstrom’s to Neiman’s to Gucci to Tiffany’s, the Galleria is Houston’s crown jewel.
6.30pm: Dinner – Mastro’s Steakhouse
Your final dinner will be at the new stunning Mastro’s Steakhouse. Consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as "masterful", "high end", one of the "top 10 steakhouse in the U.S." and "the preferred steakhouse of celebs and locals", Mastro`s Restaurants, LLC is a collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and sumptuous fish houses.
Mastro's Restaurants is owned by Landry's, Inc. and is led by a team of highly motivated and detail oriented management who strive for excellence in guest service, finest quality food and distinct ambiance - elements that set Mastro's apart from other restaurant groups.
9.30pm: Nightcap - St. Arnolds Brewery / Beer Garden
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located in Houston, is Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery. Our goal is to brew world class beers and deliver them to our customers as fresh as possible making them the best beers in Texas and Louisiana. Our customers are beer lovers - people that appreciate great, full-flavored beers.
The newest expansion to the brewery is their beer garden. Spaces in the garden include a corn hole area with multiple boards, three bocce courts, green spaces made for open play and an impressive main beer garden under a specially constructed dissolving metal building. Half of the garden is covered by the structure’s roof panels, while the other half is open air. The main space also includes picnic tables and high tops centered around the beer kettle fountain.
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