Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and was named the coolest city in America to live in by Forbes Magazine. There is an astonishing number of things to do and places to eat, so don't be afraid to go beyond the hedges!
The students at Duncan have created an online, interactive map detailing their favorite places to visit in Houston.
Click to view Houston Destinations on a larger map.
Located less than a mile and a half from the Rice campus, the Houston Zoo is home to 6,000 permanent residents, and is open year-round.
Admission to the zoo is free for Rice students, so make sure to bring your Rice ID!
- Houston Museum of Fine Arts - Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops.
Admission to the main gallery is free for Rice students, so make sure to bring your Rice ID!
1001 BissonnetHouston, Texas 77005(713) 639-7300
- The Menil Collection - Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection houses approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, the Byzantine and medieval worlds, the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, the American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century are particularly well represented.
Admission to the Menil Collection is free of charge!
1533 Sul Ross
Houston, Texas 77006(713) 525-9400
- Houston Museum of Natural Science - The Houston Museum of Natural Science houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and over a dozen permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and more.
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston Texas 77030
- For more museums, visit http://houstonmuseumdistrict.org/
Houston has an astonishing diversity of restaurants. In fact, Houston has the most restaurants per square capita in the world. WIth so many restaurants, websites like Yelp and Urbanspoon can help you navigate the jungle of Houston restaurants.
- The Galleria - a three story mall and a favourite of Rice students due to its proximity, it includes Macy's and other popular brands as well as many nice restaurants.
5085 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
- Outlets Mall - about an hour away, but still a fun trip to take with your friends
29300 Hempstead Road
Cypress, TX 77433