30 ways to enjoy Houston during OTC



Houston isn’t just deep into the oil and gas industry. It’s one of America’s great art cities, and this spring has brought a gusher of must-see exhibitions and special installations. Whether you have just an hour or two to spare or a whole day, these top draws offer a stimulating diversion from the convention fray. They’re clustered in the Museum District, and most are easily accessible from NRG Park from Reliant Park via MetroRAIL. Check out five museums and visual art installations you can take in during the week.


Need a break from the nonstop lectures, seminars and social events? Head to one of Houston’s live-music venues for bands ranging from classic rock to pop, blues and rootsy tunes. Bruce Springsteen fans can watch The Boss perform at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Tuesday. Get the details on nine great performances in town during the week.


For a city not known as a tourist mecca, Houston has a surprisingly large number of attractions. From folk-art icons and soothing green spaces to mega-museums and macabre collections, the city and its suburbs offer many diversions for visitors. Here are 11 spots you should check out while you’re in town.


Don’t settle for a hotel fitness room or a run along a freeway feeder road. Houston has scenic parks and trails that offer peaceful respites from long days of networking. These are Houston’s five best outdoor spots for a workout.