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Houston - how to make your money work in Texas

© By Mary Martin
In Houston, visitors should check out more than 100 special offers - from ticket deals and hotel packages to restaurant perks and transportation promos on www.VisitHoustonTexas.com.
     While here, try to squeeze in a visit to the Theatre District, where $25 will get you a seat at the Alley Theatre for Agatha Christie's perennial favourite, The Mousetrap. The Alley was founded as one of the few American theatre companies that supports a company of actors, designers, artisans and craftspeople throughout the year. On two stages - the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage - Alley presents a repertoire of eleven productions yearly, including the new production of A Christmas Carol.
     Enjoy $5 off tickets to one of the world-renowned performances by the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre. A principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Dominic Walsh received international praise for his interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoires. He won the prestigious Choo-San Goh Award in 1998, and is now considered one of today's leading American choreographers.
     At the nearby Museum District, groups of 10 or more can score two free tickets to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston! Founded in 1900, The collection numbers more than 56,000 works and features the art of antiquity to that of the present. Admission is free on Thursdays.
     Don't miss the complimentary Tres Leches at Américas (their specialty!) or free dessert at Max's Wine Dive. The "New World Cuisine" at Américas draws from the foods and cooking techniques of North, Central and South America and the new-age architecture by Jordan Mozer and way-out interior decor form the perfect match for Américas' food. Max's upscale dive bar offers a standout wine list, late-night comfort food and a Texas-proud jukebox. Concrete floors, exposed brick walls and luxe black leather booths do not scream out "dive joint," but neither does the expertly selected wine list or menu dominated by organic and locally grown goods. Wines sold at the restaurant are also available to go.
     Also, you may get 15 percent off your meal at Crapitto's Cucina Italiana and Sushi Raku, and 10 percent off at soul food favourite the breakfast
     Save up to 45 percent on regular admission prices with a CityPass. Don't worry if you've never been to Houston. You don't have to pour over guidebooks or spend hours researching online. CityPASS has vetted the top must-see, must-do, blue-chip attractions. CityPASS is your very own trip planner - to the area's leading attractions. You save up to 47% off admission, as well as skipping most ticket lines. A CityPASS (value $73) is your express ticket to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo and two option tickets - the first is your choice of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston or Children's Museum of Houston and the other is your choice of George Ranch Historical Park or The Health Museum. Ticket booklets provide detailed information on the participating attractions, including best times to visit, public transportation options, directions and maps.
     CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for nine consecutive days beginning with the first day of use. Available at citypass.com, any participating attraction and the Houston Visitor Information Center. Houston CityPASS: adults, $39; children (3-11), $29.
     Space Center Houston, the official visitors center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth where guests embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space, featuring myriad permanent exhibits, attractions and theatres.
     One of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., the Houston Museum of Natural Science, features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions. It's free on Tuesdays 2-6 p.m.
     Downtown Aquarium's 500,000-gallon under-water adventure complex includes a Ferris wheel, aquatic carousel, Shark Voyage, a white tiger exhibit and a restaurant. The world-class complex, perched on the redeveloped 400 block of Bagby, boasts more than 200 species of marine life - and that's just skimming the surface.
     Keeping on the animal theme, set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Houston Zoo is home to more than 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. The Houston Zoo was named one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. by Parents magazine in 2009.
     There you have it: eat, sleep and play in a city where budget-friendly options make cents.

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Mary Martin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is interested in and writes about world travel.

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