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• Phat Quang Vietnamese - Dedicated in 1992 under the high patronage of the Supreme Patriarch of the World Vietnamese Buddhist Order. The cultural compound includes a seven-story shrine, the Bridge of Peace, and the Lotus Pond.

• George Ranch Historical Park - This 490-acre living history park is part of a 23,000-acre working cattle ranch where visitors can witness frontier life from the 1830s to the 1930s.

• Gulf Greyhound Park - The world's premier pari-mutuel greyhound-racing complex offers fast-paced action just south of Houston in La Marque.

• Houston Arboretum and Nature Center - Features miles of winding trails for bird watching and plant appreciation.

• Houston Zoo - Houston's only urban jungle features the John P. McGovern Children's Zoo, which recreates the six ecosystems of Texas: city, forest, coastal, prairie, desert and farm.

• Moody Gardens - This science and nature wonderland in Galveston features a spectacular Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, Aquarium Pyramid, two IMAX theaters and lush gardens and nature trails.

• Sam Houston Race Park - Celebrates the spirit and elegance of Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse racing with live and simulcast racing in northwest Houston.

• San Jacinto Monument - A 570-foot obelisk capped by a giant star marks the spot where Texas won its independence from Mexico. Nearby is the Battleship Texas, built in 1914.

• Space Center Houston - As the visitor center for Johnson Space Center, this theme park for space fans features actual spacecraft, flight simulators and a guided tram tour of NASA and Mission Control.

• SplashTown Waterpark - Features 50 acres of slippery sensations including Thunder Run, a five-story aqua speedway.

• Highland Village - This classy shopping center includes anchor stores Tootsies, Harold Powell, Victoria's Secret and The Gap, as well as numerous smaller-scale retailers like Fitigues.

• Rice Village - Near Rice University and the Museum District, Rice Village remains one of the city's oldest, best-loved shopping enclaves and home to anchor stores like The Gap, Just Add Water, Banana Republic, Express and more.

• River Oaks Shopping Center - River Oaks offers top-notch shopping. Stores like Chico's, Talbot's, upscale resale shops like Twice New, artsy outposts such as Mad Potter (paint your own pottery) and Texas Gallery make spending a day in River Oaks fun.

See also: Houston golf courses

Information for this report was provided by the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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