Local Area

Things to Do in Downtown Houston

Rich in history, with a wealth of character and a heart as big and welcoming as Texas itself, Hotel Icon stands in the heart of the vibrant and ever-evolving urban center that is the city of Houston. Whether you’re here on business or looking forward to enjoying the scenery, there’s always plenty to do just steps from our front door.

A quick walk to many popular Houston attractions, Hotel Icon is located near Minute Maid Park, the Revention Music Center, the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Toyota Center, and so much more.

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The Toyota Center

The Toyota Center is just a one mile walk from our front door, and brings some of the most diverse, exciting, and impressive events of the year right to our backyard. Take a look at their upcoming event calendar and let us know what your plans are - we might just have a few recommendations. 

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Revention Music Center

If there’s an undisputed heart to Houston’s vibrant music scene, it’s Revention Music Center. Known across the country as a host to big-name acts and seating up to 2,800 excited fans at a time, Revention boasts an incredible sound system and a great view of the stage no matter where you’re seated. 

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House of Blues Houston

Perhaps no musical style is quite as soulful - or quite as influential on the sounds of modern America - as Delta-born blues. At the highly-recommended House of Blues Houston, visitors can get a taste of just about everything, from the music of some of the genre’s greats to a delicious and spicy bowl of gumbo.

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Discovery Green

For a relaxing, insightful afternoon among the green grass of Texas, few destinations match the communal vibe and beauty of Discovery Green. Featuring an outdoor performance stage, unique public art, bocce courts, a full acre of beautiful gardens and putting greens, Discovery Green is where native Houstonians go to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Local Attractions

Vibrant, multicultural, and always busy with activity - Houston is America’s fourth-largest city, and (in our opinion) the most exciting. Whether you’ve got days to spend wandering the streets or even just a few minutes to get out and about, there’s more than plenty to see, do, and experience from your starting point at Hotel Icon. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is home to a variety of permanent and traveling exhibitions covering natural sciences of all sorts, from gems and minerals, paleontology, chemistry and more to astronomy, space science, and Native American culture. One of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is well worth the visit!

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Downtown Aquarium

Part restaurant, part aquarium, the Downtown Aquarium features a 500,000-gallon tank that serves as a home to over 300 species of aquatic life. A short walk from Hotel Icon, it's a perfect place to spend an afternoon or settle in for dinner.

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Houston Zoo

A 55-acre zoo located in Houston's Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals from over 900 species. A portion of all ticket sales go to protecting animals in the wild. See some of the incredible creatures, from lions to sea lions, toads to tigers.

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Houston Astros

Minute Maid Park is a quick walk from Hotel Icon, less than a mile away. Home to the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park also hosts special events. Take in a game, enjoy the world-class concessions, and enjoy a day at the ballpark before retreating to the comfort of your room or suite at Hotel Icon.

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Houston Symphony

Since 1913 the Houston Symphony has been performing orchestral and non-orchestral concerts for the Houston community, and averages over 170 performances each year. Experience the Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony and learn more about one of the oldest performing arts organizations in America.

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Memorial City Mall

Just a mall? The Memorial City Mall features over 100 stores, restaurants & services, a 16-screen movie theater, and a full-sized ice rink. Host to countless events and family activities, the Memorial City Mall is not just a shopping destination, but an entertainment experience for the whole family.

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Lawndale Art Center

The Lawndale Art Center is home to contemporary art exhibits of all media. With a variety of ever-changing exhibitions, from paintings to sculptures, there is always something to see at the Lawndale. With free admission, bring the whole family to see what's on display and experience the breadth of contemporary art.

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Miller Outdoor Theater

Located in Hermann Park just a stone's throw from the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theater offers free outdoor performances including concerts, plays, musical theater, movie nights and more. With seating for over 1,700 and a sloping lawn that can accommodate over 4,500 additional visitors, the Miller Outdoor Theater has something to offer for anyone visiting Houston.

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Houston Space Center

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, and as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, plays a vital role as a leading science and space learning center. With hundreds of STEM educational programs for visitors of all ages, Space Center Houston also boasts the largest collection of space suits and Moon rocks on public display in the world.

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Houston Rockets

Fun fact - the Houston Rockets weren't originally from Houston. They were once the San Diego Rockets. But since 1971 the Rockets have called Houston home, and we're happy to have them here. Playing their home games in the Toyota Center since its completion in 2003, a Rockets game is always an exciting event whether you're from Texas or just a traveler passing through. Just over a mile away, Hotel Icon is perfectly located near the Toyota Center for those going to the game or one of the many concerts and events hosted there.