Saddle up, as Texas’ most populous city provides plenty of activities and interesting sights for after our SutureStar workshops. Experience Houston’s culture through plenty of shopping, restaurants and iconic sights – both above and below ground, as Houston has seven miles of underground tunnels, with access to dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, stores and plenty more.
As with a lot of things in Texas, Houston makes a big, bold statement with its towering skyscrapers, prominence in aerospace, shipping and oil, as well as its food and drink menu. Houston is the perfect SutureStar destination if you plan to go big. Starting with the plate serving size at Gatlin’s BBQ, “Where love is the secret ingredient.” The Gatlin family themselves personally serve you anything from ribs to brisket, Cajun-style sausage to pulled pork. The sides are equally tasty, with everything from homestyle dirty rice to potato salad and baked beans. If your eyes weren’t already bigger than your stomach, save a little room for the Southern-style bread pudding with wafers. Wash it all down with a beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Located in a 100-year-old warehouse near downtown, you can grab some SutureStar classmates, a board game and some chairs to enjoy this German-style brewery. If you have more of a sweet tooth, head straight to The Chocolate Bar, or House of Pies and have dessert first – after all, you are an adult and make great decisions – like attending NIFA’s SutureStar workshops.
After you’ve satisfied your hunger, burn off the calories and workload by taking a stroll in one of Houston’s many parks and scenic areas. Start off where Houston started – Buffalo Bayou – as Houston owes its very existence to this 52-mile stretch of lazy river. Simply sit and watch hundreds of bats fly around the river banks, jog along the trail for as long as you feel, take in the view from one of the many paths that line Buffalo or tour the waterway via kayak or canoe – but maybe not the whole stretch. After all, you’ll want to save some energy for the SutureStar workshops! Hermann Park, which is a prime destination for over 6 million visitors every year, offers a wide range of activities including pedal boats around Lake McGovern, miniature train rides for the kids, an 18-hole golf course, areas for picnics, an amphitheater for live performances and plenty of trails throughout. Hermann Park is also home to the Houston Zoo, with over 4,500 animals from around the world, including the new addition to the Zoo, the African Forest, which is a 6.5 acre exhibit, set in an environment designed to replicate the forest landscape of western equatorial Africa – giving you 2 vacations in one.
Houston has no problem with entertaining at their Mission Control Space Center, as it’s the number 1 attraction for visitors to Houston. Explore America’s historic past and remarkable future with out-of-this world space crafts, artifacts and exhibits. Go from SutureStar to shooting stars, as you can ride plenty of space simulators through the galaxy. If shopping is more your kind of world, it might be worth your time to orbit The Galleria. With more than 375 shopping destinations, you’ll be able to walk out of Houston with a style as unique as the city itself.
Call 800-922-7747 for availability and register today! Note: SutureStar Workshops fill up fast (specialty workshops, such as CV and OB, are even more limited).
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