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Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Explore Space Center Houston with its 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. Discover attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program, all for one admission price. See the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. Go behind-the-scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center (based on availability). Learn about the world-renowned home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Experience the newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. See the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters which is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission. It marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

2. Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

Discover the history of Holocaust Museum Houston with this entry ticket. See the museum's permanent exhibitions and pay your respects to the innocent victims of the Holocaust. Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people on the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, and honoring survivors' legacies. Using lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides, the museum strives to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy. See the museum's five permanent exhibitions, including the Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery. Explore the historical evolution of human rights and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document that set the foundation for the modern-day human rights movement. Admission is free on the following holidays: Human Rights Day – December 10, 2022 International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2023 Yom HaShoah – April 18, 2023 Walter Kase Free Admission Day – May 5, 2023 Stefi Altman Free Admission Day – May 14, 2023 The Museum is free to all on Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

3. Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Experience the sights and history of Houston, Texas, on this self-guided driving tour via an app for maximum flexibility, comfort, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. Start your tour by the bayou and learn about the deadly battles that took place along the river. Most stops along the tour have animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Then, visit Sam Houston Park, where past and present collide in the architecture, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse life of the area. Next, head to the Historic District and get to know some of Houston’s complex past. At Christ Church Cathedral, hear a quintessential story of the southern community back in the 1800s. Continue to Emancipation Park and get familiar with the significance of Juneteenth within Houston. As you drive through the Museum District, uncover the secrets behind some of Houston’s more notorious urban legends. Then, visit the grandest green space in the city: Hermann Park. The park even features a zoo. After that, swing through the famous Rice University and hear the tale of a wild senior prank pulled back in the ’80s, engineered by a student still known as “the mastermind.” Continue on to MacGregor Park and learn how the intense Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston. Then, hear about the importance of oil and gas to this city. Finally, get some stellar space facts and visit the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center.

Houston: San Jacinto Museum Ticket

4. Houston: San Jacinto Museum Ticket

Drive around the San Jacinto Battleground at your own pace and experience a self-guided tour of the final battle site of the Texas Revolution. Explore the battlefield, hike the marsh trail, and enjoy watching the birds and fish in the Buffalo Bayou. Stare way up at the San Jacinto Monument, discover the San Jacinto Museum, and ride all the way up to the observation tower. Check out the mobile tour and drive into the San Jacinto Battleground and choose how you want to explore and learn about this historically significant location. Learn all about the final battle of the Texas Revolution, and how General Houston and his men defeated the Mexican army after an 18-minute battle. Discover the events that ended the revolution, including the capturing of General Santa Anna. Visit the 567-foot tall San Jacinto Monument and ride the elevator 500-feet above the battlefield to the observation tower. Feel free to leave your car and admire the variety of wildlife on the site, including alligators, coyotes, feral hogs, venomous snakes, and a couple of biting insects. Use your discretion and keep a safe distance as you witness some of the wonders of North American nature. Watch for over 200 species of birds as you walk through the marsh and prairie. The grounds of the park have four picnic areas to sit and ponder the events of the past, but food and drinks are not available for purchase inside the monument.

Houston: Museum Pass with Unlimited BCycle Bike Rental

5. Houston: Museum Pass with Unlimited BCycle Bike Rental

Discover 6 unique Houston Museum District institutions with Bcycle. Receive a BCycle Visitor Pass with unlimited hour-long rides. Enjoy the convenience of picking up and dropping off your bike at the different BCycle stations located outside of these venues.  Admission to these locations are included in the pass: • Asia Society Texas Center • Czech Center Houston • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum • The Health Museum • Holocaust Museum Houston • Houston Museum of Natural Science This combo package includes a BCycle Visitor Pass so you can visit the museums by bike.

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What people are saying about Houston

It was spectacular! The weather was terrible, but I was so happy to be there! Everything was well organized, the people at the desk were kind and helpful, and they were very nice to schedule our team tours back to back rounding out a wonderful day! I really wanted a NASA, or Artemis or HSC sweatshirt, but they were too expensive. I would definitely revisit the space center.

It was smaller than I expected and the tram tours take about an hour for the Blue tour but it doesn't feel like you see much, they are included in the ticket price so still worth taking.

Wonderful experience for all things NASA. The history, so many things to see and experience as well as future plans for space exploration.

Very well organized great guides, every thing was well explained and demonstrated

So much to see, I should have gotten there earlier in the day.