A Texas welcome guaranteed on a visit to Rice University in Houston
Officially called the William Marsh Rice University, Rice has a history dating back over a century. The University is best known for its science teaching and has close links with Texas Medical Center and NASA. The campus is in the heart of Houston, so accommodations near Rice University provide the ideal base for exploring everything the city has to offer.
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Useful information for your visit to Rice University
Rice's central location makes it a great location when you want to combine a visit to the campus with the rest of the attractions Houston offers. Rice University is very close to Houston's museum district and zoo, and only around a mile from downtown. The city is packed with things to see and do, but if you'd prefer to get out of town, you're only an hour from the seaside resort of Galveston.
1. Getting to Rice University
There is parking on campus at Rice, but the urban location means parking lots are limited. Public transport is the best option for getting around. Houston's red line metro runs past the campus, as do the 26, 27, 73, 8 and 24 buses. As part of Rice's sustainability initiatives, there are also lots of bike parking spaces.
2. Houston's Museum District
Just across Main Street from the Rice campus is Houston's museum district, home to the Houston Zoo, Natural Science museum, Children's Museum and Fine Arts Museum. If you only have time for one, prioritize the Natural Science museum. This massive, free museum is packed with dinosaurs, Texan wildlife and exhibits on the petroleum and space industries.
3. Hermann Park Japanese Garden
The elegant and peaceful Japanese garden brings the tranquility of the Far East to downtown Houston. The garden design is constantly evolving under the guidance of a team of volunteers. Entry to the Japanese Garden and larger Hermann Park is free.
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