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Part of the “Texas Triangle,” the megalopolis comprised of the cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, Houston has a reputation for busy highways and skyscrapers. However, a recent revival of interest in the art galleries, mid-century buildings, and restaurant scene of its urban roots is transforming Houston’s concrete jungle into a honeymoon destination. In fact, we have here an entire list of museums and attractions, plus a little section of the city named Montrose.

We recommend you start with the Museum District, an association and area of the city dedicated to Houston’s arts, sciences, and culture. This section of town is location within a one and a half mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park, and includes 19 museums and institutions ranging from a Buffalo Soldiers Museum to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The Museum of Fine Arts is a favorite, and houses more than 64,000 works from around the world. The Houston Zoo is another nearby attraction and home to more than 6,000 animals from 900 different species. A collection of exciting exhibits and carefully landscaped grounds, this zoo is one of the most-visited in the nation.

If shopping is your touring tendency, the Galleria Mall with its 400 stores is the largest in Texas and a sure-fire way to spend any wedding-guest generosity you may have accumulated, while picnic-loving lovers should head to Waterwall Park, a local park and sculptural fountain.

When the urban agenda wears you out, make your way to Montrose. This residential neighborhood has been called a number of good things, from the “Heart of Houston” to one of the “ten great neighborhoods in America.,” Vintage shops and an antique mall, live music and restored mansions can all be found here amid tree-lined streets and quiet boulevards.

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