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If you're new to Houston, you might think that the Downtown areas are nothing more than office buildings and restaurants for business types. However, the heart of this great city has much more to offer than you might think.
Both during day and night, you will find parks, theaters, boat rides, amazing food options, galleries and shopping spaces.
First off, let's talk about sports, if you're a fan of the Astros or are looking to become one, you can swing by The Minute Maid Park and revel in its spectacle. Since it opened in the year 2000, the stadium has featured a retractable roof that allows for its games to be played during bad weather. You can check out if the Astros are playing during the season or you could come down for one of the regular tours of the stadium and catch some of that baseball fever!
If you're a lover of the outdoors you might want to take a bit of a stroll through Market Square Park, where you will get a bit of nature among the city landscape, its large lawn flanked by a pathway will allow for some quiet afternoons and evenings. All along the park, you may find art and find some food and drink. As a bonus, every once in a while there are events and performances on a permanent stage set up in the grounds. It's a perfect place to pass the time on sunny days and get some good fresh air.
Now, our casual reference of food and drink caught your attention, then it's better than we direct you to Bayou Place, a large facility inside the Theater District where you will find tons of restaurants and bars with everything you might want, and not only that but the Bayou Music Center and a Sundance Cinema will keep you entertained while you are there!
If entertainment is what you're looking for and the arts are your best source for it, just around 501 Texas Avenue you will find The Wortham Theater Center, Houston's most prominent venue with a beautiful fountain in its entrance. In here you will be able to enjoy performances from the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet.
Now, even though we've mentioned plenty of places and activities to find around Downtown, we've only mentioned about half of what the heart of this great city has to offer. Simply walking around Downtown Houston is a constant discovery that will delight both tourist and residents alike. Certainly, it captures the spirit of joy and the vibrant energy that the fourth biggest city in America is known for.