The phrase 'Everything is bigger in Texas' may not hold true for every Lone Star city, but it certainly does for Houston. With more than 11,000 restaurants, 150 museums and three professional sports stadiums all within the city limits, America's fourth-largest city seemingly lacks for nothing.
Texas is known for its food, and Houston is no exception. The sheer amount of Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants here is impressive. Seafood is just as much of a specialty due to the city's proximity to the Gulf. That said, Houston offers some of the most diverse cuisine you'll find anywhere in America, thanks to its large expat community. From Vietnamese to Mexican to Ethiopian, you'll probably find it in Houston.
One of Houston's greatest assets is its thriving arts scene. You can check off 19 institutions in the Museum District alone, while the Wortham Center is the place to watch performing arts. More of a science buff? Space Center Houston has earned Houston the nickname 'Space City' for its contributions to space exploration. For a true Texas experience, catch the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Sports fans might have even more difficulty narrowing down options, what with Houston Texans football, Houston Rockets basketball and Houston Astros baseball in town.
For an escape from the sprawl, Buffalo Bayou Park offers space among the skyscrapers for picnics. Meanwhile, Memorial Park is one of the country's largest urban parks at 5.9 square kilometres, complete with an arboretum and botanical garden.