20 Must-Visit Attractions in Houston

Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas
Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas | © eflon / Flickr
Diversity is a key feature of Houston, and the main attractions of the city clearly fall into that category. The religious centers, museums, and skyscrapers each offer a unique story to add to the distinct fabric of Houston. Whether you’re exploring these attractions for hours or just getting a quick picture, be sure to do some research so you can fully appreciate every spot.

Harris County 1910 Courthouse

A six-story structure in the neo-classical style, this courthouse is in the oldest section of downtown Houston.

Rice University campus

With 300 acres of green space and structures for learning, the campus of Rice University holds history and the future all in one.

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Founded in 1906, this church is perfectly located in the city’s museum district and “embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities,” according to their site.

JPMorgan Chase Tower

A key feature of the Houston skyline, the JPMorgan Chase Tower is a 75-story skyscraper that holds the title of the tallest building in Texas. You can even go inside to get a fabulous view of Houston.

Rienzi Mansion

What used to be a 1950s mansion is now a museum that features antiques from the 17th to 19th century. Located in the beautiful River Oaks area of the city, the Rienzi Mansion is perfect for home decor enthusiasts.

Julia Ideson Reading Room

Associated with the Houston Public Library, this reading room was constructed in a Spanish-Renaissance style that contrasts with the downtown landscape of Houston’s skyscrapers.

Toyota Center

An indoor arena home to the Houston Rockets, the Toyota Center seats around 18,000. Famous entertainers also perform here, from Fleetwood Mac to Adele.

Teo Chew Temple

Red and gold dominate the stunning Teo Chew Temple. Vietnamese culture is a cornerstone of Houston, so visiting this Buddhist temple is a must in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the city.

The Galleria

Situated in Houston’s Uptown District, this upscale shopping mall houses just under 400 stores, making it the biggest in Texas and the seventh-biggest in the US.

Chapel of St. Basil

Located at the University of St. Thomas, the Chapel of St. Basil was designed by Philip Johnson in 1997. Black granite and white stucco make this beautiful chapel stand out.

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve

Seemingly hidden from the rest of the world, the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is a slice of country in the vast city of Houston. You can explore the trails, fish, and kayak, making it a perfect visit for the summer.

Minute Maid Park

World Series Champions, need I say more? The Houston Astros make their home in Minute Maid Park.

Glenwood Cemetery

If you want a comprehensive look at the history of Texas, Glenwood Cemetery is a good place to start. The namesake of Hobby Airport and the last president of the Republic of Texas are buried there. Nestled in River Oaks, this cemetery opened in 1871.

Waterwall Park

Here is where countless Christmas cards, engagement moments, and selfies have been taken. Marvel at the three-story wall of water after doing some shopping at the Galleria.

Beer Can House

A staple of whimsical Houston landmarks, the Beer Can House became what it is today in the 1960s thanks to John Milkovisch. When asked why he started putting flattened beer cans on his house, covering the lawn in cement, Milkovisch responded, “I got sick of mowing the grass.”

The Heights Theater

After a day of rambling down 19th Street, seeing a show at the Heights Theater is the perfect way to end the day. Featuring local musicians and famous stars, this theater provides an intimate space for every audience.

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Houston City Hall

Built during 1938 and 1939, Houston City Hall is a simple design that shows its classic age through the contrast of the downtown skyline.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

This church received a lot of attention after the recent passing of former first lady Barbara Bush. St. Martin’s was her home church and where her touching funeral was held. The largest Episcopal church in the United States, St. Martin’s covers seven acres and has spires that are 188 feet high.

Rothko Chapel

A center for all denominations and religions, the Rothko Chapel may as well be the official symbol of Houston. This stunning center of silence is right by the Menil Collection in Montrose.

Stores on 19th Street

Incredible shopping awaits you on 19th Street in the charming Heights neighborhood, which was developed in 1890. Just a few include Emerson Rose, AG Antiques, Casa Ramirez, and Manready Mercantile.