Welcome to Houston
If you are looking to explore the area while you are in town for the Rice University Presidential Inauguration festivities, there is always plenty to do and see (and eat!). The Rice University campus is centrally located – just down the road from Rice Village, Hermann Park and the Museum District, and convenient to countless dining options, shopping areas and attractions in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Rice Village
Adjacent to Rice’s campus, Rice Village is walkable from campus (or via the Rice Shuttle) and offers a wide variety of options for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re in search of a cup of coffee or quick lunch spot, sweet treat from one of the several bakeries, boutique shopping, or simply a leisurely stroll, Rice Village is a convenient, charming spot to visit. Visit rice-village.com to view the shopping and dining directory.
- Arts & Entertainment
Houston is home to many world-class institutions in the arts and entertainment industries. From the nineteen different museums and collections in the Museum District adjacent to Rice’s campus to the Theater District in downtown, including the symphony, opera, and performing arts, there’s something for everyone. Learn more about Houston’s Arts & Culture points of interest.
Houston Mural Map – various locations around Houston
Miller Outdoor Theatre – 0.6 miles from campus
Museum District – 0.5 miles from campus
Theater District – 4 miles from campus
- Dining and Shopping
A vibrant culinary destination, Houston’s restaurant scene and bustling shopping centers offer a wide variety of options. Explore Rice Village or the Houston Galleria for any shopping needs, or for some inspiration on local eateries, check out the sampling below of Rice alumni owned spots nearby (within a 5 mile radius). Or if you’re looking to decide for yourself who makes the best breakfast tacos, kolaches, Tex-Mex or barbecue in town, there are no shortage of options to choose from. Check out Houston’s food scene.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. – 5 miles from campus
burger-chan – 5 miles from campus
ChopnBlok – 5 miles from campus
Kiran’s – 2.5 miles from campus
Lemond Kitchen – closest location on campus at the Moody Center for the Arts
Merida Mexican Restaurant – 5 miles from campus
Saint Arnold Brewing Company – 5 miles from campus
Southern Yankee Craft House – 2 miles from campus
Treebeards – 4 miles from campus
- Family Fun
Plenty of activities around town are open to all ages and offer memorable experiences for the family to explore together. A few well known and loved places are noted below, or peruse other upcoming family activities around town while you’re here.
Children’s Museum – 0.9 miles from campus
Downtown Aquarium – 4.5 miles from campus
Houston Sports – various locations across Houston
Houston Zoo – 0.7 miles from campus
Museum of Natural Science – 0.5 miles from campus
NASA’s Johnson Space Center – 30 miles from campus
- Outdoor Activities
For those who enjoy exploring the sites more by foot or bicycle, get outside and visit some of the greenspaces, waterways, and parks throughout the Houston neighborhoods. Check out Walkable Houston routes, and be sure to bring water along to stay hydrated.
Buffalo Bayou Park – 3.5 miles from campus
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park – 4.5 miles from campus
Hermann Park – 0.4 miles from campus
Houston Botanic Garden – 12 miles from campus
Japanese Garden – 0.4 miles from campus