About Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and one of the most interesting and dynamic. Its deep water seaport, linked to the Gulf of Mexico by a fifty-mile channel, is the second busiest in the country. The Texas Medical Center, within walking distance of the Rice University campus, is a world-renowned center of excellence in medical research. Houston is also home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, which directs the nation's manned space flight program.

The Houston Society for the Performing Arts sponsors renowned performing arts companies from all over the world. The Alley Theater, Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Grand Opera provide many opportunities for those with cultural interests.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Burke Baker Planetarium, and Museum of Health and Medical Science are all within an easy walk of the Rice campus. Other museums of interest include the Menil Collection and the Space Center Houston.

The flora in Houston and the surrounding area is varied, ranging from tropical palm trees to northern oaks, and spring brings spectacular wildflower scenery along the highways around Houston and all over Texas. Many large parks make life in the city pleasant; Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo are adjacent to the Rice campus. The climate is moderate; the winters are mild. Throughout the year nature lovers can enjoy beaches in neighboring Galveston and camping, hiking, and boating in the nearby Texas Hill Country.

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