We know that all the exhibitions, presentations, and events at CAMEX will take up most of your time when you attend the largest campus retail trade show in the country; but don’t let that stop you from taking full advantage of your trip to Houston, Texas! Here are our top 10 things to do in Houston during CAMEX 2016.
10. Watch the Emergence of the Waugh Drive Bat Colony
Near Buffalo Bayou, underneath the Waugh Drive Bridge, is one of Houston’s best-kept secrets: a population of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. Every night, the bats emerge in a whirling vortex before flying off along the bayou. You can view this incredible force of nature from the observation deck in Buffalo Bayou Park.
9. Have a Pint at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The oldest craft brewery in Texas, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, strives to brew the best beers in the state. Take a tour of the brewery, then head upstairs to dining hall and sample their collection of fine craft beers.
8. Dine and Shop in the Subterranean Tunnel System
Twenty feet below the streets of downtown Houston are six miles of climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that connect ninety-five city blocks. Inside this network of tunnels you’ll find hundreds of shops, restaurants, and two movie theaters. You’re sure to find something you like in this underground marketplace.
7. Have a Quiet Moment at Rothko Chapel
Founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Rothko Chapel serves as an intimate sanctuary for people of all beliefs. This meditative environment takes inspiration from the mural canvases of painter Mark Rothko, 14 of which hang on the walls of the chapel. Rothko Chapel is the perfect place to have a quiet moment of introspection.
6. Walk Through the Cockrell Butterfly Center
Instantly transport yourself into a tropical rainforest at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This three-story glass structure simulates the perfect environment for hundreds of gorgeous, live butterflies. Watch as they flutter through the vegetation, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough for one to alight upon you. The Cockrell Butterfly Center is an enchanting experience you’ll never forget.
5. Take in the View from the Top of the San Jacinto Monument
Standing over 500 feet tall, the San Jacinto Monument is the tallest monument column in the world. Start at the base and explore the history of the Lone Star State in the San Jacinto Museum of History, then take then elevator up to the observation tower and get a birds-eye view of Houston Ship Channel and the Battleship Texas.
4. Tour NASA Mission Control at Space Center Houston
Go behind the scenes of NASA Johnson Space Center to see where the International Space Station is monitored and astronauts prepare for their missions. Space Center Houston features over 400 space artifacts and exhibits—more than enough to leave you starry-eyed.
3. Explore Incredible Art and History at the MFAH
Established in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest cultural institution in the southwest. Its collection of approximately 64,000 works of art from 6000 years of history are housed in seven facilities within the main campus, Rienzi Mansion, and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Lose yourself among great works of art from every era.
2. Discover the Sacred Beauty of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The largest Hindu temple of its kind in Texas, the Mandir is composed of 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone that were hand-carved in India by 2,400 artisans. Each piece was then assembled in Houston like a giant jigsaw puzzle without a single piece of iron or steel. Admire the intricately detailed representations of deities, flora, and fauna that cover the Mandir’s myriad of domes, arches, and walls. If you’re unfamiliar with Hindu culture, then visit the Understanding Hinduism exhibition to fully appreciate this spiritual wonder.
1. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
It wouldn’t be a trip to Texas without seeing some real cowboys get down and dirty! Considered the Houston’s “signature event,” HLSR features hundreds of events and activities, including concerts, auctions, and a carnival full of rides and games. Throughout the month of March rodeo itself brings 360 of the top cowboys and cowgirls to perform in 20 events in front of tons of fans to compete for up to $1,748,000. No matter what you do in Houston, this is the one event you simply cannot miss.
PLUS A LIL SOMETHING EXTRA: Keep an eye out at CAMEX for a lady handing out flash drives. Pick one up and visit us at Booth 4932 to plug it in and see if you’ve won a prize! Want to win even bigger? All qualifying orders placed at CAMEX or HPI.com from March 1 to 15 will give you a chance to win a SURFACE PRO 3!