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UFC 192 is shaping up to be a can’t-miss event, featuring a number of ultra-competitive matchups on Saturday, October 3rd in the heart of Houston, Texas! Never been to Houston? We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to getting around the city, as well as a few of the highlights that this diverse and historically rich town has to offer.
What to Pack
October weather in Houston is typically pretty mild, with average highs in the low 80s and average lows in the low 60s. Expect to be very comfortable this time of year in short sleeves during the day, but don’t neglect to bring a jacket – Houston is in a part of the U.S. that typically experiences high humidity, making nights feel colder and hair feel frizzier.
How to Get There
Houston’s two major airports are George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). When your plane touches down, take advantage of the service offered by SuperShuttle, which can take you straight to downtown Houston as opposed to calling a cab!
How to Get Around Downtown
UFC 192 at the Toyota Center will be right in the heart of downtown Houston! Navigating any downtown area is usually pretty challenging, but the city of Houston has made it a piece of cake for visitors.
Downtown Houston is extremely unique in that there is a network of over 6 miles of underground pedestrian tunnels. These tunnels originally connected two movie theaters but have since evolved into a highly-developed scene with tons of distinctive shopping and dining options.
Not in the mood to walk? Free, environmentally-friendly transportation is available downtown with Houston’s Greenlink buses, and the city of Houston maintains a flat $6 cab fare within the downtown area if you need to customize your route. If you’re looking to branch out from downtown, scope out the METRORail map or download the METRO T.R.I.P. App on your smartphone to obtain fare information and plan your trip. Get more tips straight from the source on downtown Houston’s website.
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What to Do
How could we not mention this teeth-clenching, adrenaline-rushing experience? Slated for Saturday, October 3rd at the Toyota Center downtown, this night is shaping up to be one that you won’t want to miss. The headlining fight will see Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier (USA) defend his UFC light heavyweight title for the first time against number two contender Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson (Sweden), while the co-main event pits two fighters from the USA – Johnny ‘Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks and Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley – against one another. This night also marks Rashad Evans’ first UFC bout since November of 2013. If that’s not enough action for you, the UFC 192 card currently features eleven total highly competitive matchups. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the Octagon with our exclusive event packages, which get you in front of the ropes as you mingle with celebrities and guest fighters!
NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Ever wonder where the phrase ‘Houston, we have a problem’ comes from? Explore the origins of this classic saying at Space Center Houston, visitors’ gateway to the Johnson Space Center. Attend special events such as ‘Meet an Astronaut Fridays’ and don’t miss the Historic Mission Control exhibit, which showcases the very site where a number of spaceflight missions were monitored.
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Though now in sad shape and in desperate need of repairs, at the time of its inception in 1965 the Astrodome was considered the world’s ultimate sports facility with its domed exterior and air conditioning. Once the proud home of the Houston Astros and Oilers, it now stands empty and dilapidated as it waits for the city to decide its fate. Though tours aren’t currently offered and the building is closed to the public, be sure to stop through and circle the Astrodome to take it all in – this historic landmark may be gone the next time you have the chance to visit.
Where to Eat
All travel guides tend to hype up a city’s dining scene, but in Houston’s case, it’s deserved. The city’s proximity to the Gulf Coast ensures the freshest seafood and the diverse cuisine around town offers something for every palate. Though Houston isn’t exactly close to the Mexican border, the ‘south of the border’ influence is apparent in the Tex-Mex spots on every corner. Creole and Cajun cuisine is also prevalent given that Houston isn’t too far from the great city of New Orleans. In spite of all this diversity, however, the #1 restaurant to visit in Houston (according to Trip Advisor) is an American-style steakhouse known as the Taste of Texas.
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