Howdy, Tigers!

My name is Thomas Marshall III, Class of 2020. Born and raised in South Carolina, I left the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Upstate and went straight to Texas for graduate school. As a nonprofit education policy nerd, I appreciate all the rich history and culture Houston offers. Let me take you around the Bayou City.

Greenery in the City

Buildings, roads, cars and trees are shown in a skyline view of a city.

Houston has a misconception of being a Southern concrete jungle, but the city has tons of green space. Take a stroll or ride your bike through the beautiful Buffalo Bayou Park. It’s a great way to see city views and some natural scenery!

All the Museums

A small airplane sits on top of a large airplane in front of a building.

Houston is home to several museums that will give you a new perspective on the communities that make the city great. Natural science, African American history and space travel are just a small fraction of what you’ll experience through our museums.

Pro Tip: Get a Houston City Pass and experience all the museums for a low price!

DID YOU KNOW? Houston is home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This training base for NASA astronauts is also the site of Mission Control, where a Houston-based team supports the work of women and men in space. Since 2021, Clemson alumna Vanessa Wyche ’85, M ’87 has served as the director of Johnson Space Center. Try one of their popular “tram tours.”

Minute Maid Park

A walkway leads under a sign and into the entrance of a baseball stadium.

If it’s spring or summer — or even fall with the way the Houston Astros are playing — catch a baseball game at Minute Maid Park. This is truly a beautiful baseball stadium that features a ton of local Houston food vendors.

The Food Mecca of the South

A barbecue platter rests on a metal tray on top of a wooden table.

Speaking of food, you cannot go wrong with the variety of food here in Houston. From Vietnamese and Tex-Mex to famous Texas barbecue, you can taste every food from every culture.

Pro Tip: Most visitors opt for barbecue, but for an unforgettable dinner, make reservations at Le Colonial for a French-Vietnamese fusion dream!

Rodeo Season

A man wearing a cowboy hat rides a bucking horse.

If you’re around the city during early spring, you may get to experience the world’s biggest livestock show and rodeo. Even if you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots, you’ll fit in easily when the smell of funnel cakes and corn dogs invites you in. 

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