Houston has no shortage of great things to do, but when you want to stay close to the Medical Center RV Resort and the medical center complex, its prime location is in close proximity to parks, restaurants, and a college campus ensures you don’t have to stray far for a relaxing day.
When people come for extended treatment at the medical centers and stay with us for an extended period of time, they appreciate all of the low-key activities available just a short trip away.
Visitors to the Med Center can learn about how amazing the human body is by spending time at the Health Museum, the Wallace D. Wilson Museum and the TMC Library, the world’s second largest medical library, with rare books and special collections.
Stroll Rice University’s Beautiful Grounds
With 300 acres of tree-lined campus, Rice University is well worth a visit. The Rice University Loop allows you to take in the grandeur of the grounds and also get your exercise in. Catch James Turrell’s magnificent light and sound installation, called ‘Twilight Epiphany,’ an acoustically-engineered structure in the shape of a pyramid that utilizes an LED light sequence, projecting onto the roof and evoking the sun’s arc. This is free to the public, but reservations are required.
The Museum District
The Houston Museum District caters to a wide array of tastes, from the activity-packed Children’s Museum to the world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts. Celebrate science at The Health Museum, meditate at the Rothko Chapel, or visit one of the other cultural institutions in this pedestrian-friendly area.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers plenty to see and is part of Houston’s Museum District. It is located at the edge of the Hermann Park Roundabout. Here you will find the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre offering 3D movies, a planetarium, a butterfly center, and a variety of fascinating exhibits covering different aspects of astronomy, paleontology, space science and Native American culture.
Conveniently next to the museums is Hermann Park Conservancy – home to the postcard-perfect Japanese and McGovern Centennial Gardens, the Houston Zoo, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre. This is an expansive park just a short trip from the Medical Center, and has enough activities to keep you occupied for days on end. The outdoor theater has free outdoor performances from April through November, and the Zoo is fun for the entire family, with more than 6,000 exotic animals roaming more than 7 acres.
Have a Sweet Tooth?
When you want to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day or night, the 24-hour doughnut café, Glazed, is a jewel in the heart of the Med Center. Made-from-scratch doughnuts will delight the palette with flavors such as Death by Chocolate, Crème Brulee, and the decadent house favorite, Macon – a sweet and savory symphony combining maple glaze with bacon.
The Red line of Houston’s MetroRail runs right through the center of the TMC, which makes it a breeze to travel from the Medical Center campus to downtown, the Museum District, NRG Park, and other parts of Houston. Click here for map of the rail line.