Facts about Houston
-It is home to the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions - The Texas Medical Center
-It is home to NASA and Mission Control
-It is home to the second most Fortune 500 Companies (NYC is first)
-It is home to the "Eight Wonder of the World" - the first indoor domed sports area called the Astrodome
Other Handy Links
Sabra Field - Vermont artist
Frank Lloyd Wright - Wisconsin architect
Nobel Museum - Nobel Foundation
Quoteland - Quotations by Topic and Author
Martindale's Reference Center - Check it out!
D.E. Harvey Builders - Houston's premiere construction company
Wayland Academy - high school in Wisconsin
Smith College - Northampton, MA
Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
Marathon Guide - complete listing of marathons (U.S. and International)
Running Shoes Guru - guides and reviews for running shoes, as well as running tips and trainings!
Activities and Entertainment in Houston
Art Car Museum- 140 Heights Blvd; (713) 861-5526. Exhibition forum for artists with emphasis on art cars and other forms of contemporary art.
Contemporary Arts Museum- 5216 Montrose Blvd at Bissonett; (713) 284-8250. The finest regional, national, and international art of the last 40 years in a dynamic exhibition schedule that is accompanied by publications and educational programming.
Museum of Health and Medical Science - 1515 Hermann Drive; (713) 521-1515. Interactive science experiences for all ages. A voyage through a Texas-sized human body and appreciation for science.
Museum of Fine Arts - 1001 Bissonnett; (713) 639-7300. Oldest comprehensive museum in southwest U.S. Features exhibits from antiquity to present.
Rothko Chapel - 1409 Sul Ross; (713) 524-9839. An intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief that was inspired by the paintings of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.
Holocaust Museum Houston - 5401 Caroline; (713) 942-8000. A living testimony to the millions who perished. The "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" is a permanent exhibit that uniquely focuses on Houston-area Holocaust survivors.
Children's Museum of Houston - 1500 Binz; (713) 522-1138. More than 25,000 square-feet featuring everything from a one-ton "Telephone Man" to an adventurous oudoor courtyard and a rich variety of interactive exhibits.
The Menil Collection - 1515 Sul Ross; (713) 525-9400. Museum featuring the collection of John and Dominique de menil. Antiquites, Byzantine, arts of tribal cultures, 20th century, cubism, and pop art.
Houston Museum of Natural Science -One Hermann Circle Dr;(713) 639-4600. Housesa museum, Burke Baker Planetarium, IMAX Theater, Challenger Center, Strake Hall of Malacology and butterfly tropical rainforest.
Houston Fire Museum - 2403 Milam; (713) 524-2526. Vintage fire trucks and equipment in historic building.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens- 1 Westcott Street; (713) 639-7750. Restored mansion of Houston philoantropist Ima Hogg is a decorative arts wing of MFAH and contains one of the finest collections of American furniture, paintings, glass and textiles from 1620 to 1870.
Alley Theatre - 615 Texas Ave; (713) 228-8421.Outstanding Regional Theatre
Da Camera of Houston - (713) 524-5050. Chamber music, jazz, and contemporary music
Early Stages - 3201 Allen Parkway; (713) 527-0123.Theatrical productions for young audiences
Hobby Center for Performing Arts - 800 Bagby; (713) 227-2001. Houston Broadway Series and exciting touring companies
Houston Ballet - (713) 227- ARTS. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the nation's best ballet companies
Houston Grand Opera - Wortham Center; (713) 546-0200.Has earned long list of kudos including Grammys, Tonys, and Emmys
Houston Symphony - Jones Hall; (713) 224-7575. Celebrating its 88th anniversary with more than 200 concerts per year
Stages Repertory Theatre - 2301 Allen Parkway; (713) 527-0123. Plays that invite you to see theater in a new way.
Miller Outdoor Theatre - 100 Concert Dr; (713) 284-8350.Free entertainment including concerts, plays, and musicals. Note that the ShakespeareFestival will be going on; puton freeby the University of Houston Theatre Department to honor the Bard of Avon. (713) 743-3003.
The Galleria -5075 Westheimer; (713) 621-1907. The Southwest’s premier shopping center set beneath spectacular glass atriums with an ice skating rink.
Old Town Spring -123 E. Midway, Spring, TX 77373; (281) 353-9310. Over 150 unique shops/restaurants. Turn-of-the-century railroad town. Open Tues.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m.
Downtown Houston Tunnel System - (713) 437-5556. Five miles - no traffic! Underground shops and restaurants.
George Ranch Historical Park- 10215 FM 762, Richmond, TX; (281) 343-0218. Historical working ranch and outdoor living history park; furnished homes for touring; demonstrations.
Houston Zoo -1513 N. MacGregor;(713) 523-5888. Spend a day in the urban jungle — a world of adventure in the heart of Houston. Follow shady paths leading to leopards, jaguars, tigers and lions.
Moody Gardens -One Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 744-4673. Acres of gardens, plus IMAX 3-D Theater, IMAX Ridefilm Theater, Discovery Museum, Rainforest Pyramid, Palm Beach recreation area. Open daily.
Six Flags AstroWorld/ WaterWorld- 100 acres of exciting rides, shows, water slides, and attractions includingSerial Thriller, the only suspended looping coaster of its kind in the Southwest, or the Texas Tornado, the steepest four-loop coaster in the world. The park is located at Loop 610 and Kirby Drive, near the Reliant Astrodome. 9001 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77054; (713) 799-8404
San Jacinto Battleground - 3523 Highway 134, La Porte;(281) 479-2421.About 20 miles east of downtown, the San Jacinto battleground marks the spot where Texas won its independence from Mexico. The complex houses the towering San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History and Battleship Texas.
Gulf Greyhound Park - I 45 South, Exit 15; (1-800-275-2946). Live greyhound racing is offered year round, rain or shine.
Port of Houston - 7300 Clinton Drive, Gate 8; (713) 670-2416. Tour the Houston Ship Channel on the Sam Houston.
Williams Water Wall - 2800 Post Oak Blvd, (713) 966-7799. One of the top visitor attractions. In the shadow of Uptown Houston's tallest building.