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We are 5 adults that have a 20 hr layover in Houston next Thursday, arriving at 1pm and staying on JFK Blvd by the airport. Are there any recommendations on something that we could do that would kill the afternoon? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Your best bet would probably be to rent a car and drive to somewhere that corresponds to your interests, as there's really nothing close to the airport of much interest.

You could check out The Woodlands, a PUD (Planned Unit Development), a fancy term for a town that has grown on its own. It has numerous restaurants and bars, some shopping, nice place to walk if the weather is cooperative, and more. http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/

If that doesn't offer enough, drive into Houston itself. We've got museums, restaurants and bars (but make sure you have a designated driver), shopping, NASA Space Center (although you'd arrive a little late for a tour), Kemah or Galveston if you want seafront restaurants, and much, much more:

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Whichever you choose, you'll have a great time, and enough time to enjoy it. If you need suggestions for restaurants, let us know, and we'll be glad to help. Specialties here are Tex-Mex (our version of Mexican food) and BBQ, as well as fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood, but Houston has a great variety of ethnic restaurants of all sorts, as well.

Welcome to Houston.

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Yes, hop in a taxi and hit The Woodlands for dining and tons of shops to look around in and a mall and a boat ride if weather is nice. I personally wouldn't want to be to far away from airport for trip back in case there is a wreck on cabbies route.

Great restaurants from upscale to casual!

thewoodlandscvb.com/pages/…Default.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fwnQU1iNIs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2I99SbquIg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg6vwCZdYQk

www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/?nid=357

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I don't mean to correct Georgetowngal, but it's actually a mile further to The Woodlands than it is to downtown Houston (check it on Google). There are three routes from downtown to IAH, so that's not likely to be a problem, either, as at least one of the three is always going to be open.

If you decide to go into Houston, I suggest letting the evening rush hour finish, and not head back to your hotel until about 8:00 PM or later; otherwise, you'll run into heavy traffic all the way out to the airport. If you head to The Woodlands, you won't want to head back to IAH in the morning until at least 9:30 AM or later to avoid morning rush.

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Most important thing is rent a car. It will be cheaper than taxis. Most taxis will only take 4 ppl. After that it all depends on what you like to do. Let us know your interests and we can give some ideas.

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Thanks for the help. We're thinking of checking out the space center and the Woodlands.

Edited: 26 January 2014, 23:14
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With a 20 hour layover and a 1pm arrival, that means your flight leaves the next morning at 9:00am, right? You'll need to be to the airport by 7:00am, so take that into consideration if you plan to stay out late. I need sleep, especially before and after a long flight, so that's always a consideration for me!

You don't really have time to visit the Woodlands and the space center. They are in two opposite directions and it will take you at least an hour to drive from the airport to the space center. If you arrive at 1pm, by the time you get through customs and immigration, get your luggage, get the car, check into your hotel, you may be heading out by 2:30 or 3:00, if you're lucky. That puts you at the space center at 3:30 or 4:00, and it closes at 5:00. Not much time considering the ticket prices. If it were me, I would check into the hotel and go to the Woodlands for a nice meal, maybe catch a movie, and just relax for the evening instead of dealing with Houston traffic.

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Hi D,

You all might enjoy shopping at The Woodlands, it's a nice area.

Come back to the Humble area for dinner, and enjoy more relaxation, and less travel time.

Italiano's: great local Italian restaurant with home made butter knot garlic rolls, penne a la vodka with chicken, chicken parm, and well, just about anything on the menu, and a glass of wine:

http://www.italianosrestaurant.net/

Y'all will be closer to the Humble location, about 10 minutes by car,from your hotel.

or Hector's Mexican food,and a good margarita. They just expanded their bar into a large, relaxing sports bar. Their stuffed avocado and chicken with white Mexican cheese and grilled veggies, are a few of their awesome dishes. Nice service, too:

http://local.yahoo.com/info-29319573-hector-s-mexican-restaurants-humble;_ylt=A0SO8zYQQOhS4m8AbJNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzbnNkbm03BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDI4Nl8x

It's about 15 minutes from your hotel.

Enjoy your day!

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