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Top 5 things to do in Houston

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The NASA Space Center is a top destination in Houston.

Veteran #TexasCool-ers know that Houston is big, really big. It’s the largest city in Texas, the fourth largest in the U.S. and sixth-largest in North America. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to do in Houston, so our researchers took on the daunting task of narrowing it down to five activities – spoiler alert: we cheated.

5 – Space, light, art. Twilight Epiphany, the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, combines LEDs, grass, concrete, composite steel, granite, plaster and paint to form what many consider the city’s most iconic public artwork.

4 – Cooked slow, eaten fast. Houston-area barbecue recommendations (from Texas Monthly magazine) include Tejas Chocolate Craftory in nearby Tomball (it really does make chocolate and barbecue); Corkscrew BBQ in Spring; and Truth BBQ.

3 – Now to wash down the smoked meat. A mini-tour of Houston breweries, including Saint Armold Brewing Company, which also makes root beer, 8th Wonder Brewery, Eatsie Boys, and, depending on your capacity, more.

2 – Don’t be caught dead here. The National Museum of Funeral History. Yep. It features a collection of artifacts and exhibits designed to “enlighten visitors on one of man’s oldest cultural rituals and celebrate the heritage of … funeral services.” We all gotta go sometime, right?

And the No. 1 top thing to do in Houston is … “Houston, we don’t have a problem” – the NASA Space Center, the official visitor center of the Johnson Space Center, home of the historic Mission Control for the Gemini and Apollo space missions. Particularly in light of the recent 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this is a must-do.

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