Since I am somewhat of a local to Houston (H-Town) live in The Woodlands some 40 miles north of downtown I was asked by the fearsome twosome of bejacob and brightlybob to put together some highlights of Houston and the local area. I also will be including another of our locals and a kind of newbie to Insiders yet a very valuable contributor and fellow Woodlandsite (think that's what they call us) nationwide in on providing Houston tips.
Lets start with flying into Houston's George Bush (Bush 41) Intercontinental Airport (IAH). For those flying United you could end up in any of five, yes five terminals. Some of the Regional Jet flights (United Express) could end up in Terminal A, most will be into Terminal B, some into Terminal C, a few into Terminal D and a few into Terminal E. Terminal D and E are the international terminals for anyone coming in from out of the U.S. like some TIPPLE attendees and you know who you are.
Most of the United Express flights will be using Terminal B as that is the main United Express spot while the mainline United flights such as (A319. A320, B737,B738, B739, B752, B753, B763, B764, B772, B788 and B789) will be parking at Terminal C and E again for the most part with the a couple ending up in Terminal D.......it's a toss up or since the Marriott censors got me I cannot write cr** shoot based on the plane you're flying on, time of day, city you are arriving from......and on and on. Do not be afraid, it's all good and you can maneuver inside security via the overhead train system called Skyway and also the outside and underground tram called SubwayTrain.
Now for those who decide to check luggage, this gets tricky. Depending on what terminal you arrive into will depend on what terminal you to visit for baggage claim. ssindc my friend this is for you......."just remember baggage claim in an airlines last chance to disappoint a passenger." This is a nice comprehensive list of where to get your checked luggage depending on what terminal you arrive:
Not trying to get you out of town, but when you leave those with United Club memberships here is where you'll find clubs, yes in all terminals except Terminal D (but the new AMEX Centurion Club should be open in Terminal D) and two of them in Terminal C.
I am not at all able to help anyone that is flying into Hobby Airport (HOU) as it's waaaaaaay across town have have not flown from there since the days of TranStar Airlines (look them up) which was in the late 1980, yes I am that old!!
Okay, now your in the greater Houston Metro area................it's HUGE! What might you like to do when in town making plans around any TIPPLE things you may wish to enjoy.
Downtown is a great area with many things to visit, see, do, DRINK (brightlybob), learn about and more. In an attempt to give all y'all the good stuff I will put in a few links for you to visit and wet your palate!
Numerous spots to dine, drink and enjoy some of our diverse foods. Spots like:
And many many more!
Drinks.....the oldest bar in Houston is just one of the many places to pull up a stool and enjoy your favorite "prescribed meds" as a favorite Insider jerrycoin calls the beverages!!!
For those who wish to be closer to the water and enjoy some fun without going all the way to Galveston try Kemah Boardwalk - The Fun Never Stops! Great food and be along the water and enjoy some fine drinks after visiting the The Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston | Gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center.
For those who think they want to spend a day in Galveston at the beach GALVESTON.COM: Official Website of Galveston Island, Texas Tourism & Marketing, Galveston is not your white sand blue water spot, yet does have some wonderful history at the GALVESTON.COM: The Strand Historic District. And if you are a water park type person you cannot go wrong visiting Moody Gardens Galveston Texas | Amusement Theme Parks | Houston Attractions | Family & Group Vacation Idea TX.
For our Insider Aviation Geeks Unite! | Marriott Rewards® Insiders right next door to Moody Gardens is Galveston Scholes Field Airport which is the home of Lone Star Flight Museum.
Those of you who are thinking of watching our Official Site of the Houston Texans play on Sunday, September 18th, against the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoy one of if not the best NFL HoustonTexans.com | Tailgating most of the tickets to the home games at NRG Stadium | NRG Park are season ticket holders with very few single game tickets available without paying a premium. The games are a true first class show and we do love our Texas and Justin James (J.J.) Watt!!! NRG Stadium is located right next to the Houston https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrodome which is dwarfed by NRG Stadium just off South Loops 610 some 15 minutes from downtown Houston. So if you want tickets get them early and most likely visit a ticket broker for your purchase.
Okay kids, I hope this information will be helpful to those of you attending the TIPPLE in downtown Houston at the Downtown Houston Hotels | JW Marriott Houston Downtown in September or others who are simply visiting H-Town fro whatever reason. Hope you enjoy our huge Metro area and take time to mingle with the friendly lo
Looks like some good stuff to seen in H-Town. Thanks for putting this together, IAHFLYR.
I know pluto77 is disappointed that the Houston Astros will be visiting Seattle the weekend we're in town. Perhaps a tour of Minute Maid Park would be of interest. Ballpark Tours at Minute Maid Park | Houston Astros. Our hotel doesn't look to be too far away. Maybe not as cool as seeing a game, but having toured Safeco Field in Seattle some years back, I can say that it's fun to walk up to home plate and look around the dugout of a major league ballpark.
I'm sure others who will have some additional suggestions of what to see in town.
Ignore IAHFLYR, check your bags, relax ... they'll get there... trust me!!!
And, since I'm typing, ENJOY HOUSTON!!!!! Wish I was gonna be there for "the event."
Some pics to get the juices flowing
IAHFLYR that is one heck of a Chamber of Commerce caliber list of great things to do in Houston!!!!
There are a host of terrific restaurants and excellent bars nearby, and I am happy to share more of those as we get a little closer. We can make some group reservations if anyone is interested in trying something in particular.
If anyone is interested in golf on Saturday, I will be happy to set up a foursome nearby at Memorial Park. It's also an incredible place to go for a run if you are so inclined!
I also swear by Uber when I am downtown, and have found them to be infinitely reliable for getting around.... particularly after partaking of a few adult beverages.
I can't wait to meet everyone! This will be a blast!!!!
Memorial Park is a splendid course as well as a walk/run track around the park..........then a Beck's Prime lunch afterwards!!! Totally H-Town!!!!!
Love our Metro area and so much different than that joint 200 miles to our north! And I do not mean Ft.Worth as that place is great.
IAHFLYR and bejacob, excellent local information and very much appreciated. Since the 'Stros won't be in town, combined with the fact that this meeting of Insiders will be truly epic as well as inevitable in the course of things, no worries. I will return to visit Minute Maid Park sometime in the not too distant future!
Wow, loads of info there, though it looks as I'll be giving the confusing game a miss as I'm on my way to Corpus Christi on the Sunday afternoon. Looks like theres plenty to choose from over our TIPPLE though.
But what we all really NEED is a review of the bars broken down as to (1) walking (2) staggering (3)crawling and (4) Hailing-the-concierge-to-wheel-you-in-on-the-baggage-trolley distance of the JW Downtown? Thats the info we all wanna know, right everyone? Right? Um, where are you everyone?