How to have a winning weekend in Houston

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If you’re on your way to Houston for Super Bowl LI, you can safely put a tick next to “attend the biggest event in town,” if not the country. There might even be a selfie in the offing.

But whatever the result on the field, here are five other things to do while you’re there to ensure it’s a great weekend.

Space Center Houston

Whether your team puts in a star performance or encounters an almighty “Houston, we’ve had a problem” moment, a trip to the space center provides plenty of fascination and fun. Space Center Houston offers a wealth of exhibits, including the new Mission Mars offering, where you can experience a virtual Martian sunset; space attractions and artifacts, and is the gateway to tour the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Buffalo Bayou

After shelling out on tickets for the Super Bowl, free activities might sound appealing. If you’re getting to Houston by road trip, consider putting your bikes on the back of the car then taking them off to pedal beside the scenic Buffalo Bayou.

It’s a long waterway passing through the city, with $58 million having been poured into a project to revitalize surrounding natural landscapes and trails. During Super Bowl week (until Feb. 5) 60-minute rides of bicycles from the downtown Bcycle stations are free, when reserved.

Houston Zoo

When following the football herd you might experience packed bar after packed bar. For something different, try Houston Zoo. If you’re travelling with your family, it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Good food and drink

Visit Houston recommends a number of places and events at which to eat and drink during the Super Bowl celebrations, such as Super Beef Sunday, with a decidedly Texan flavor. It includes a lineup of Louie Mueller BBQ, Pinkerton’s Barbecue and Harlem Road Texas BBQ. Among other options, Visit Houston suggests checking out the bars and restaurants in the Market Square Park area, after taking in the park movie nights that run tonight and on Saturday.

Hines Waterwall Park

Did we mention selfies earlier? A centerpiece for Uptown Houston, the waterwall park is surrounded by 186 live oak trees and contains a whopping 64-foot semi-circular architectural fountain. (And because you were just about to ask, it recirculates 11,000 gallons of water per minute. Not bad.)

Don’t forget Houston loves a good tailgating party – if you’re planning a tailgate when you’re down there, check out our top 10 playmakers for the perfect party.

One more thing: you can catch the Super Bowl TV car ads in this roundup on the Santander Consumer USA blog.

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