Whether you fly in north of town to Bush Intercontinental, or you touch down on the southside at Hobby airport, there are plenty of things to do around both of Houston’s major airports. With a plethora of hotel options at either location, it’s easy to turn a quick stay – or a longer one – into an adventure.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
If there’s time for a quick round of golf, the Cypresswood Golf Club is just north of the airport and features 36 holes over 600 acres. As one of Houston’s only championship daily-fee complexes, it’s a relaxing place to spend the day. If a full game of golf isn’t in the timeline, there’s also a nearby Topgolf location with more than 100 climate-controlled bays.
In the mood for more nature? The Mercer Botanic Garden, run by Harris County, offers trails and hiking as well as a playground, tea house, picnic areas, a visitor’s center, and an endangered species garden. A scavenger hunt PDF is available on the garden’s website for intrepid visitors looking for a challenge.
Houston is notorious for long traffic lines, but Houston METRO offers a direct bus line from Terminal C to downtown. The one-hour ride drops you off in the heart of downtown, or Uber and taxis are available. Once downtown, explore the trails of Buffalo Bayou Park adjacent to Houston’s skyscrapers. Just steps from the trail, visit The Heritage Society to tour authentically restored buildings and memorabilia exhibits from the oil boom days that launched Houston’s success.
If you’re looking to stay overnight, Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Bush Intercontinental Airport and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport are conveniently nearby.
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Rated four stars by airport industry group Skytrax, Hobby won raves for its free WiFi and $156 million concourse that was designed for ease of navigation and comfort. Stepping outside the newly remodeled facility, there’s plenty to explore.
Got cowboys on your mind (and who wouldn’t)? Head over to the American Cowboy Museum located on the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch area right near the airport. Admission is by appointment only, Monday through Saturday, so make sure to call in advance. Learn about the history and contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women in the American western culture.
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is another nearby option. Visit several galleries of aviation finds or watch an aviation-themed film in the museum’s theater. Weekday visitors have the opportunity to also take a guided tour of the 1928 Carter Airmail Hangar. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.
If art sounds a little more appealing, there are three arts-related attractions near Hobby airport. Bonnie Blue’s Art House was the inspiration of local artist, Bonnie Blue. After turning her Houston bungalow into a work of art, she started giving public tours by appointment. She also created an art car that’s worth a look.
And finally, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston features exploratory contemporary art, while nearby Project Row Houses contains 39 structures over five city blocks of public art installations and gallery space.
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