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.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.