Y’all aren’t from around here, are you?

You’ve probably heard that Houston was selected to host Super Bowl LI in 2017. And you’ve probably noticed that Houston is racking up the national accolades this year, including features in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The convergence of a booming city on the cusp of “cooldom” and one of the world’s most popular sporting events is bound to bring in more visitors to Houston than we may have ever had. Here’s what we think they should know about the Bayou City: Houston Skyline 1) We’re generous. Houstonians are constantly looking for creative ways to give back to the community. Houston is home to OKRA Charity Saloon, one of the first not-for-profit bars in the nation. OKRA donates 100 percent of its profits to a different local charity or social cause each month, and patrons get to vote for which charity benefits from their libations. In addition, almost one million Houstonians dedicate their time to hundreds of nonprofits and leadership organizations that serve a variety of local needs each year. 2) We like to eat. A lot. Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. With over 11,000 restaurants to choose from, who can blame us? From taquerias to James Beard-award winning kitchens, Houston has a slice of it all. 3) “Houston” was the first word spoken on the moon. In case you forgot, the first extraterrestrial words weren’t, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Nope; the first words spoken on the moon were, “Houston, Tranquility Base is here. The Eagle has landed."

Moon

4) Houston is a cultural mecca. The most diverse city in the U.S. is also one of the few cities in the countries with resident companies in theater, symphony, ballet and opera, and we boast the most number of theater seats, outside of New York City. Our Museum District includes 18 institutions within walking distance of each other, and the world-famous Menil Collection is always free. Houston’s also home to hundreds of smaller galleries, specific-interest museums, historic landmarks and, of course, the world-famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

5) We have a thriving music scene, too! Our neighbor to the west, Austin, may be known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but Houston has a plethora of low-key live music venues throughout the city. Check out a local punk show at Walter’s, a Latin music festival at Discovery Green, a singer songwriter showcase at Anderson Fair or a national act on the brink of major success at Fitzgerald’s.  Houston is also home to acts like Beyonce and Lyle Lovett and up-and-comers The Tontons, Robert Ellis and Wild Moccasins.

Discovery Green

Discovery Green

6) We’re invested in education. There are 24 institutions of higher learning located in the greater Houston area, including the University of Houston, a recently minted Tier One research institution. While you’re here, go for a run under the live oak trees at Rice University, one of America’s most beautiful campuses, or grab a beer at the underground grad bar, Valhalla. 7) Humidity. It’s good for your skin and willpower. 8) We’re a true melting pot. We realize that Super Bowl LI will bring an influx of visitors from all around the world, and we’re fine with that–in fact, we’re downright over the moon to showcase all we have to offer. We've know that our city is a weird and wonderful tapestry of different people and cultures for ages, and we're thrilled that the rest of the world is starting to catch on. So come on down, y’all–Houston is ready for you.

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