Houston is the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the nation and features an equally diverse culinary scene. Nicknamed ‘Space City’ and home to the world’s largest medical center — the Texas Medical Center — Houston is also a hub for scientific research and innovation. Scientists come from all over the world to immerse themselves in the variety of the scientific experiences that the city has to offer, which also attracts the residents of Houston.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Located on the edge of Memorial Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center features a free five-mile trail, offering a peaceful escape from the city. Nestled in the middle of a forest, the trail also includes ponds, meadows, and wetlands. Here, those who love botany can study different varieties of flora and fauna native to the Texas region. The inner loop of the trail highlights a mid-sized swamp and a very serene meadow, whereas the outer loop is where visitors can encounter wildlife such as coyotes, snakes, and rabbits. The northern edge of the trail, where several species of birds live, is a great sanctuary for the serious ornithologists or just the casual birdwatchers. Be prepared for a true experience with nature, as there is no cage or glass to separate visitors from the inhabitants of the forest.
Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)
According to Business Insider, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is one of the most attended science museums in the world. The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits from many branches of science. The planetarium offers future astronomers a chance to gaze at the stars and learn about mysterious black holes, distant galaxies, or closer worlds like the moon and the solar system. The fascinating world of insects can be explored at the Butterfly Center. Paleontology — the study of fossils — has its own permanent exhibit, which features fossils of dinosaurs. From chemistry to ecology, from energy fuels to weather patterns, from African wildlife to aquatic life, those who love the sciences will not run out of things to learn at the museum. HMNS is the perfect place to foster a love for science and discovery in children and satisfy the curiosity about the world in adults.
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