Got a layover? Make the most of Houston, the home of space exploration in the United States that offers so much more to see and do. Here’s a guide to spend 24 hours in Houston.
Visit the Space Center Houston
One of the most popular tourism destinations in Houston,this immersive museum sets out to inspire future generations of astronauts through exhibits, tours and simulations. The official visitor centre of NASA, Space Center Houston is home to the largest collections of moon rocks on earth. It’s about 44 miles, or 70 kilometres, from George Bush Intercontinental Airport or a 30-minute drive from downtown Houston. For more information, including ticket prices and opening hours, visit here.
Hit the Museum District
From the Houston Museum of African American Culture, to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, there’s plenty of culture experiences on offer within the Houston Museum District. There are 19 museums in total – plenty to choose from and just about one for everyone. Some are always free while others offer free days for entry. A full list of museums is available here.
Take in the James Turrell Skyspace
Nearby the museum district is Rice University, home to the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace by American artist James Turrell. The Skyspace is both a piece of public art and a music venue. The best times to visit are just before sunset and sunrise,where there is a LED light sequence that starts 10 minutes prior. The Skyspace is closed on Tuesdays but it is free and open to the public every other day and no reservations are required.
Walk around Buffalo Bayou Park – underground
Walking is a great way to take in a city, especially before or after a long flight. Buffalo Bayou Park is not only a great spot to take in Houston’s skyline, but it also presents a unique opportunity to go 200 feet underground. The park is home to the Cistern, one of Houston’s first drinking water systems built in 1926. While it is no longer in use, tours are available to view this colossal underground structure that’s bigger than a football field. Reservations are required in advance and can be booked here.
Discover Houston BBQ
Texas BBQ is serious business. In Houston, you’ll likely come across the South/East Texas style which involves more diverse ingredients and is served with tomato sauce. A list of BBQ places around the city is available here. If you’re not able to venture out, good news. There’s a BBQ joint, Q, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Terminal E.
Whatever your plans are for 24 hours in Houston, be sure to have your travel insurance details handy. In the case of any travel disruptions or cancellations during your layover, check your Policy Wording.