Everyone’s attention has turned toward Houston as sports fans across the country get ready for Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. It’s estimated that over 1 million people will visit the city during the next week when Houston hosts the 51st Super Bowl, pairing the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in an epic battle. The Patriots were here 13 years ago when they beat the Panthers a Super Bowl win ,and the nation gained a new buzz word, “wardrobe malfunction” to add to their lexicon. All eyes will be on Lady Gaga during halftime this year to see if any outrageous events happen this time around.
The city is well prepared for the return of the Super Bowl competition with 84,000 hotel rooms, 62,000 parking spaces, 22 miles of rail lines, and 10,000 bars and restaurants. So let’s dig in and help you plan one spectacular visit to the Space City - Houston, Texas!
Where To Stay
Even with 62,000 hotel rooms, the demand will be intense, so use all the booking resources you can think of - Trip Advisor, Expedia, Kayak, Trivago, Hotwire, Priceline, AirBnB, BnBFinder, VRBO, Airline packages - you know the drill.
Here are some great properties to think about: Hotels With Amazing Pools, Trip Advisor - Top 10 Rated Hotels, Houston’s Best Luxury Hotels by Five Star Alliance Iconic Houston Hotels
Where To Dine
Texas is known for doing everything big, and the culinary scene is no exception. With big reputations for tasty Tex-Mex and BBQ, you’ll also find plenty of choices from fine dining restaurants to trendy food trucks.
Our Houston insider recommends heading out to the original Ninfa’s on Navigation for the “best Mexican food in Houston”, Goode Company for delicious BBQ in 3 locations, and any of the Pappas family restaurants serving juicy steaks and great BBQ.
Where To Hang Out At Night
Houston isn’t shy when it comes to lighting up the night and having a stomp’n good time. From traditional Texas Honky-Tonks, to rocking night clubs, and chic wine clubs, Houston pulses with great choices for a night out on the town.
Use these resources to find your perfect hot spot: Where to Eat Drink & Party in Houston, Best Beer Bars in Houston by Thrillist, Best Neighborhoods for Nightlife, Top 20 Live Music Venues, Secret Bars, Houston Bars for Patriots’ Fans, Houston Bars for Raven Fans (only one? Get busy Atlanta!)
Sites To See When You’re Not Watching Football Of course, there are lots of Super Bowl related events across the city. Some of the don’t miss events include the NFL Experience Driven By Genesis at the convention center and Super Bowl LIVE by Verizon at Discovery Green Park.
But Houston has lots to offer at anytime - here are some other great activities: Fittipaldi Exotic Driving Experience at MSR track Play a round of golf at one of dozens of courses Have some custom cowboy boots make at legendary Lucchese, making boots for 130 years Have lunch with an astronaut at Johnson Space Center Check out the Beer Can House - make from 50,000 aluminum cans Go down-under into Houston’s Tunnels - a six mile tunnel system that houses nearly 100 eateries Visit the American Cowboy Museum and find out the true stories of the wild west Visit the Houston Space Center with special program and exhibits in coordination with Super Bowl LI
Wherever you venture in the city you’ll want to plan ahead for parking spaces and heavy traffic during Super Bowl week. Take advantage of the city’s metro system and 50 buses that are scheduled to help out. Don’t forget about Uber, pedicabs, taxis, and perhaps even loaner bikes through B-Cycle.