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Long midday layover IAH need your thoughts

Old Feb 5, 2023, 2:57 pm
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Long midday layover IAH need your thoughts

I can cutdown on connections if I do a long layover at IAH. 8 hours midday. Is there time to get somewhere fun and back? Cutting out a connection actually makes the total time increase so I am trying to decide which is least painful; leaving early and spending time in IAH, or leaving later and hopscotching to IAD by way of ORD and onto international flight which would give my 1.5 layovers at both ORD and IAH.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Return2flight
I can cutdown on connections if I do a long layover at IAH. 8 hours midday. Is there time to get somewhere fun and back? Cutting out a connection actually makes the total time increase so I am trying to decide which is least painful; leaving early and spending time in IAH, or leaving later and hopscotching to IAD by way of ORD and onto international flight which would give my 1.5 layovers at both ORD and IAH.
In 8 hours, you could get to Austin and back. There is plenty to do in Houston midday -- visiting NASA would be first on my personal list, but obviously everyone has different tastes. They have museums, a nice zoo, plenty of disparate restaurants; you could go down to Galveston to the beach (although it's not the nicest beach on the planet, admittedly).
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan
In 8 hours, you could get to Austin and back. There is plenty to do in Houston midday -- visiting NASA would be first on my personal list, but obviously everyone has different tastes. They have museums, a nice zoo, plenty of disparate restaurants; you could go down to Galveston to the beach (although it's not the nicest beach on the planet, admittedly).
Thank you! You also answered a question I was thinking of posting on another thread re: waitlisted for upgrade using miles domestic upgrade did came through quickly but am waiting on the ORD-BRU segment. Glad I wont lose out if that doesnt clear (from PE). I appreciate your helpfulness
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 3:15 pm
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In addition to what jsloan says, depending on time of year, if weather is cooperative, the Eastern Glades at Memorial Park and the new Land Bridge are very pleasant. Top of Land Bridge has 360 views of the urban sprawl that is H-Town. Hermann Park/Rice U is another very nice midday walk if weather is good. Great Tex-Mex (Ninfa's on Navigation, Irma's, many others) and BBQ (Truth, Gatlin's, Feges, Pit Room, many others).

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Old Feb 5, 2023, 4:33 pm
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If youre not from Texas, add Bucees to your list! Theres one near NASA if youre going there, otherwise the closest large one to the airport is probably Baytown. Thats where I take my friends when they have a long layover at IAH 🙂

otherwise you have some good suggestions above. Bear in mind traffic. In bad traffic then many parts of the city will be 1+ hour from the airport.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 5:00 pm
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I would take the single connection as everytime you add a stop you add more chance of delays and IRROPS.

There is a lot you can do. You can either rent a car or UBER to the Museum district, as just one example, where you can walk between various excellent museums and grab amazing food. Houston is the most diverse city in the country so the food options are infinite as well. PM me and I can elaborate depending on what you like to do and date of the flight.

King Tut's tomb is in town at MFAH and is a nice exhibit, for example. It is not in the museum district but the National museum of funeral history is up north and a quirky but very entertaining and educational museum easy to viait fron IAH.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 7:37 pm
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have a lunch at the original Carrabbas
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Unitedloyalflyer
have a lunch at the original Carrabbas
They've really gone downhill since COVID, and now they're much more like the rest of the chain.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:07 pm
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We had a long layover once at IAH on the way to EZE. We rented a hotel room and slept for 4 hours after our flight to IAH. It was Thanksgiving day and had dinner at the Waffle House next door. It's still a fun memory. :-)
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:38 pm
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My recommendation would be to go visit the Woodlands area. Plenty of shops and dining. Going to nasa from Iah is 3 hours round trip.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by david_oz
If youre not from Texas, add Bucees to your list!
It should be noted that this post is encouraging you to visit a gas station 🤣. Its a nice gas station, with lots of unique snacks and gifts. Absolutely worth a peek if you happen to pass one on the roadI have stopped many times. I just think its hilarious that this makes the short list of things to do in Houston.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:43 pm
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Just be aware: it can take you an hour to get anywhere interesting from the airport, and traffic is unpredictable. Then you have another hour getting back, plus passing through security again. Don't underestimate the time it takes to get places in Houston.

That said, Houston is a much nicer city than it gets credit for. Very multi-ethnic. Richly textured. Kind of a mix between New Orleans and Los Angeles, if you can imagine that. I'd probably just plan a leisurely lunch in town. I like Barnaby's. They have several locations.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingHoustonian
I would take the single connection as everytime you add a stop you add more chance of delays and IRROPS.

There is a lot you can do. You can either rent a car or UBER to the Museum district, as just one example, where you can walk between various excellent museums and grab amazing food. Houston is the most diverse city in the country so the food options are infinite as well. PM me and I can elaborate depending on what you like to do and date of the flight.

King Tut's tomb is in town at MFAH and is a nice exhibit, for example. It is not in the museum district but the National museum of funeral history is up north and a quirky but very entertaining and educational museum easy to viait fron IAH.
Not to be picky. King Tut's tomb is at the HMNS. Love the Museum District and Herman Park area. I always enjoy walking through the Rice University.
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell
They've really gone downhill since COVID, and now they're much more like the rest of the chain.
nah. They're still the same. Just prices have went up big time.

Just typing this makes me want their chicken parm. Getting hungry thinking about it
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Ilove2fly
Not to be picky. King Tut's tomb is at the HMNS. Love the Museum District and Herman Park area. I always enjoy walking through the Rice University.
You are 100 percent correct...and I was just there, oy. I was cutting some from the pages and missed the Giacometti and lost my Holocaust Museum one too. Thanks for catching that.

Houston is big, so the joke is Houston is an hour from Houston. That said it is manageable and Transtar and Google have great options if there is traffic, and there are two ways to get to IAH.

As for Buc-ee's that is not just a Houston thing but a Texas one!
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