These sites show aspects of the city that one won’t find everywhere. They reflect how some Houstonians have adapted to the local weather. Although they are not all attractions per se, they are worth a look for the curious.
Downtown Tunnel System: underground tunnel system connecting many of Houston’s skyscrapers; includes some lunchtime eateries (blocks from George R. Brown Convention Center). Click here for a tunnel map.
Trolley Pub Houston, 2708 Bagby St.: traveling pub (2 miles from George R. Brown Convention Center)
Alabama Ice House, 1919 W. Alabama St.: outdoor but cooled bar (3.7 miles from George R. Brown Convention Center) no official website
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, 2800 Post Oak Blvd.: large fountain structure; good cooling-off and picture-taking spot adjacent to the Galleria. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 miles from George R. Brown Convention Center)
Visitors may pay to park in the visitors’ section of the Williams Tower parking deck on Waterwall Dr. However, it is common to see Galleria shoppers walking to the Waterwall, and most of the Galleria’s parking decks–found on McCue Rd., W. Alabama St., and Westheimer Rd.–are free.
iPic River Oaks Theater, 4444 Westheimer Rd.: luxury cinema with restaurant and bar (8 miles from the George R. Brown Convention Center)