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Planning a short break to Houston? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Houston. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Houston. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)

Located at 1001 Bissonnet St, this the finest art museum in Texas, and has a collection of over 40,000 works, including Impressionist and post-Impressionist, baroque, Renaissance, and 19th and 20th century American art. Also on display are artwork from ancient civilizations and an excellent collection of tribal art from Africa.

For more information phone 713/639-7300 or go to www.mfah.org

Menil Collection

Located at 1515 Sul Ross St, and displayed in a building designed by Renzo Piano, the collection of art gathered over four decades by Mrs de Menil, concentrates on a curious mix of antiquity, 20th century, tribal, and medieval and Byzantine works. This is indeed one of the world’s greatest private collections.

For more information phone 713/525-9400, or go to www.menil.org

Space Centre Houston

Located at 1601 NASA Rd. 1, Clear Lake, this is a great attraction for adults and children alike. With interactive displays and simulations of space exploration, and access to the International Space Station Assembly Building and NASA control centre.

For more information phone 281/244-2100 or go to www.spacecenter.org/

Children's Museum of Houston

Located at 1500 Binz St., this museum is aimed at children up to the age of 12, and is a fun place with a great mix of learning and playing. With interactive exhibits such as the Bubble Lab, where kids find the answers to such pressing questions as why bubbles are round, and what the colours indicate. Then there is the Tot Spot for the littlest visitors from 6months to 3 year olds, where they can play in absolute safety.

For more information phone 713.522.1138, fax 713.522.5747, email lraschke@cmhouston.org, or go to www.cmhouston.org

Moody Gardens

Located at One Hope Boulevard in Galveston, the 12-story pyramid that is the aquarium at the gardens displays a number of different marine habitats, where visitors can study the world’s oceans. The Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids offers nature and science exploration, and the IMAX Theatre puts on the popular RideFilms for visitors entertainment.

For information contact (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.com

Sam Houston Race Park

Located at 7575 N. Sam Houston, Parkway West, Houston, Texas 77064, the Sam Houston Race Park features a 200,000-square-foot grandstand, a 30,000-square-foot pavilion, and several luxury suites with trackside views, from where visitors can watch the magnificent thoroughbreds perform.

For more information phone 281 807-8700 or go to www.shrp.com/

Traders Village

Located in Houston RV Park, 7979 N. Eldridge Road, off Hwy. 290, this weekend market covers 60-acres, sees about million visitors over the year, and has added special attractions such as kiddie rides, swimming pool, and special events.

For more information phone (281) 890-5500 or visit ww.tradersvillage.com.

San Jacinto Battleground

Located at One Monument Circle, La Porte (Houston), about 20 miles east of downtown, the world’s tallest war memorial marks the spot where Texas won its independence from Mexico, and the Battle of San Jacinto was fought.

For more information, phone (281) 479-2421 or visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, and in the beautiful setting of a lush forest, this outdoor amphitheatre provides an array of performing arts and contemporary entertainment from rock concerts to opera.

For more information phone 281-363-3300, fax 281-364-3011, email info@woodlandscenter.org or go to www.pavilion.woodlandscenter.org

Six Flags AstroWorld/WaterWorld

Houston’s foremost family entertainment complex is located at Loop 610 and Kirby Drive, near Reliant Stadium. One of it two latest new rides, SWAT, is the only extreme ride of its kind in the world, and the other, Diablo Falls is a heart-stopping raft ride, over the world’s tallest spinning rapids.

For more information phone (713) 799-1234

go to www.sixflags.com/astroworld

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Miller Outdoor Theater

A wonderful summer long series of music and performances, all free! Pack your picnic and wine, and head over to Hermann Park. Showtimes vary, but usually at 8:30 p.m. in the summer.

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