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The Children's Nutrition Research Center has been, and continues to be, a world leader in nutrition research.
It is the best-equipped facility of its kind in the nation.

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About Houston

Houston SkylineFounded in 1836, Houston is now the fourth largest city in the nation. Nearly two million people live within its city limits. Almost four million people populate the seven counties of its metropolitan area. Long known for its energy industry, Houston continues to diversify into the rapidly growing areas of science, technology, space, and medicine, fields well-suited to complement the city's petrochemical, finance, retailing, engineering, and construction industries.

Houston is also a thriving center for the performing arts. The Houston Grand Opera is among the nation's largest opera companies. Classical and contemporary works are performed by the Houston Ballet, a company of international stature. The Houston Symphony Orchestra, the first arts organization in the city, performs throughout the year. These events enliven Houston's downtown area in the Gus S. Wortham Theater Center and the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Also downtown are the nationally-recognized Alley Theater, as well as the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Art patrons can enjoy exhibits at The Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and the Menil Collection. More art, music, and dramatic events are staged at other museums and theaters, including the Miller Outdoor Theater near the Texas Medical Center. Events are also featured at the city's colleges and universities, which include the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas Southern University among the 25 colleges, universities, and institutes in Harris County.

Individuals interested in science and astronomy can visit the Museum of Natural Science, the Burke Baker Planetarium, and the IMAX Theater, which are located a few blocks north of the Medical Center. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is just 30 minutes south of Houston.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy weekend outings at Hermann Park's 50-acre zoo and the 265-acre Aline McAshan Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Memorial Park. Houston offers more than 37,000 acres of park land within its nearly 500 parks. Houstonians also look forward to seasonal events such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston International Festival, a springtime celebration of the visual and performing arts.

Houston is home to the Houston Astros baseball team, which plays home games in downtown's new MinuteMaid Park, the Houston Rockets basketball team, which will move into its new downtown arena in 2003, and the Houston Texans professional football team, which plays home games in the new Reliant Staduim, just south of downtown.. Next to the Astrodome is AstroWorld, a 75-acre amusement park. A light rail system, which will run from downtown Houston, through the Texas Medical Center, to Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome is currently under construction.

Suitable for outdoor activities year-round, Houston is located 50 miles from Gulf of Mexico beaches to the south. The city is about three hours from the hill country around Austin to the northwest. Lakes Conroe and Livingston to the north feature water sports of all kinds.

Other Houston Attractions

Space Center Houston
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Moody Gardens at Galveston
Galveston Island