HOUSTON, TX (WVUE) - The Saints hope to pick up their first win of the preseason when they play the Texans in Houston on Saturday. The game is only a 5-and-a-half-hour drive from New Orleans. Here are some things to do if you decide to road trip to see the Black and Gold.
Space Center Houston
It's one of Houston's most popular attractions. Beware, you might learn something. Educational emphasis is put on your visit, as you learn about space exploration. The center features more than 400 space artifacts and a history of the U.S. space program. Space Center Houston is known as the home of NASA Mission Control and the price should fit any family's budget.
What's wrong with a little shopping in one of the largest malls in America? Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, with 400 stores and restaurants, and two hotels, there's something for everyone at The Galleria. Retailers range from Apple to Zara, featuring stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and 7 for All Mankind. Fifty dining options provide dishes that will please any taste buds.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The mission of the museum is to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science. That might not sound so cool to a Who Dat looking for some football. But that really means you get to see mummies, dinosaurs, lost civilizations and other stunning exhibits. All it's missing is lasers, and you kind of get that at the museum's Giant Screen Theatre.
Texas Beer Bus
The Texas Beer Bus provides a fun and safe way to enjoy craft beer breweries. But don't let the name fool you. The tours also visit whiskey, vodka and rum distilleries and wineries. Visitors are given VIP tours. You don't have to worry about drinking and driving because transportation is provided. And yes, free snacks are served.
The Music Box Theatre
Saints fans who enjoy great comedy and live music will love this state-of-the-art performing facility. The cabaret theatre features five professional Houston-based actors-singers. They write and produce four two act comedies each year that centers around popular music from across the decades. They have a little something for anyone. Stop by and have a drink or two the night before the game. This weekend's show is called "Feelin' Groovy."
The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is one of the coolest attractions to see in Houston. It's 2.77 acres and features a 64-foot semi-circular fountain that circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute. There's probably some fancy name for the structure, but just think of it as a free-standing waterfall. The park is surrounded by 186 live oaks. If your pet is a Who Dat, make sure you bring a leash. Animals are allowed, but must be tethered to a human.
Discovery Green is a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston that provides hundreds of free events each year. This week, you can participate in wine tastings, parkour, a hip hop dance workshop, and even learn a new language. One of the coolest features of the park is that it serves as an oasis in the middle of a bustling city. With amazing water features and breathtaking views of the surrounding buildings, this park is a "can't miss" if you're looking for some relaxation before cheering on the Saints.
Houston's aquarium is much more than a bunch of fish swimming behind glass. You can find rides and amusements that will delight the whole family. There's even a pink shark with leopard spots! A PINK SHARK! You can take a ride across a 200,000-gallon shark tank, ride a 100-foot ferris wheel, and even get on the back of a dolphin or alligator – relax it's just a carousel. This could be just the adventure you're looking for before heading to Reliant Stadium.