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The Geographical Areas of Houston - Page 2
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Showcasing four-star hotels and global cuisine, this area caters to international visitors and Houstonians alike. Ample green space is sprinkled throughout this smartly landscaped shopping and business community.

Just down the road from the Uptown/Galleria area lies the Richmond Entertainment District. Here you can experience a string of themed bars and culinary delights. Sports venues and arcades are added attractions.

Museum District and Texas Medical Center
Houston's Museum District is the fourth largest museum district in the U.S., and is home to 15 world-class museums and the Houston Zoo - all conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown and adjacent to prestigious Rice University and sprawling Hermann Park. Representing one of the top cultural districts in the country, Museum District institutions feature international art from both past and present for serious as well as novice art patrons. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Menil Collection; Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, just to name a few, are well worth a visit.

More than 50 years ago, insightful Houstonians began building the foundation for the network of the 42-member medical care institutions that comprise the Texas Medical Center. Today there are 13 hospitals and several medical schools within its borders. Patients come from around the globe to the center for state-of-the-art procedures, quality care, and medical breakthroughs. With the largest air emergency system in the nation, the center performs countless trauma-related procedures yearly, as well as a record number of heart surgeries.

Southwest of the Medical Center sits Reliant Stadium, home to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Known collectively as Reliant Park, the entire complex hosts over 400 events a year including the famed Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which itself boasts 2 million annual visitors.

Bay Area Houston
Everyone equates Houston with space. Just south of downtown is NASA and the Johnson Space Center. Adjacent is the themed Space Center Houston. This $70 million, 180,000-square-foot, Disney-designed facility boasts simulated space voyages, mission control panels and Texas' largest giant-screen theatre.

The entire Clear Lake area abounds with water activities. In nearby Kemah, the boardwalk is bustling with restaurants and retail shops. The beach? Galveston Beach is about an hour from downtown. A multitude of attractions beckons visitors including the beautiful Moody Gardens with its 12-story pyramid, aquarium and IMAX theatre.

The Woodlands
To the north of downtown is one of the nation's largest master-planned communities. This incredible residential, business and retail area boasts a waterway, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, a golf resort and much more.

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

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