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Houston Performing ArtsHouston has been musically inclined from its earliest days, and many of the fun things to do in the city involve music. A wide variety of musical entertainment, ranging from classical to modern, is currently available in the city.

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The stage of Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., is used throughout the year for productions by the Houston Symphony Orchestra, so no matter when you schedule your trip, you are likely to catch a show; phone (832) 487-7050, and the Society for the Performing Arts; phone (713) 227-4772. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave., is the home of the Houston Grand Opera, phone (832) 487-7000, and the Houston Ballet; phone (713) 227-2787.

The Theater District Offers Lots of Drama

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The dramatic arts have flourished in the city. The centerpiece of the downtown theater district is The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.; phone (713) 315-2525. The center is the home of Theatre Under the Stars, phone (713) 558-8887; and Broadway Across America Houston, phone (800) 952-6560. Professional repertory can be found downtown at Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.; phone (713) 220-5700. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., is a performing arts company for original works and children's theater; phone (713) 527-0123. The Revention Music Center at 520 Texas Ave. in Bayou Place attracts big-name performers and touring productions, so consider adding this to your vacation itinerary; phone (713) 230-1600. In addition to various performances, two art galleries can be found at DiverseWorks Artspace, 3400 Main St., a top destination if art is your thing; phone (713) 223-8346.

Spring Outdoor Events

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March through October the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park presents free musicals and dramas as well as ballets and the Houston Symphony. Rock concerts are held at Toyota Center. If you are looking at summer vacation packages, be sure to check out the shows and add them to your things to do list.

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Travel Information

City Population

1,953,631

Elevation

39 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of Houston is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax in Houston is 17 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(713) 884-3131

Fire (non-emergency)

(713) 834-3131

Time and Temperature

(713) 222-8463

Hospitals

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, (281) 890-4285; Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center, (713) 704-4000; Houston Northwest Medical Center, (281) 440-1000; Houston Methodist Hospital, (713) 790-3311; Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, (832) 355-1000; West Houston Medical Center, (281) 558-3444.

Visitor Information

701 Avenida de las Americas Suite 200 Houston, TX 77010. Phone:(713)437-5200 or (800)446-8786

Air Travel

Houston has two airports for visitors with airline flights.

Rental Cars

Hertz, 2120 Louisiana St., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (713) 652-0436 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak rail station is at 902 Washington Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (713) 224-1577 or (800) 872-7245. METRORail light rail service connects downtown, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and NRG Stadium and costs $1.25 for one-way service and $2.50 for round-trip service; ages 0-5 ride free.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station is at 2121 S. Main St.; phone (713) 759-6565 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

You can hire a taxi at cab stands near the major hotels in the downtown area or phone for one. One of the larger companies is Yellow Cab, (713) 236-1111. The standard fare is $4.75 for the first mile and $2.20 for each mile thereafter. A surcharge of up to $2.80 is added for trips between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Public Transportation

Air-conditioned buses crisscross the city and suburbs. Limited and local fares are $1.25. Passengers must have exact change. Park-and-ride bus fares range from $2 to $4.50 and vary according to location. For details phone METRO Transit Authorities, (713) 635-4000.

Boats

Houston is a leading world seaport, and the Port of Houston accommodates passenger ships.

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