In a handy neck of the woods between Houston and the North Barrier Coast, Pasadena (Texas) is close to the big bay-side landmarks like the Johnson Space Center and San Jacinto Battleground, but also a quick ride from Houston’s downtown and museums. Pasadena is one for people who can see the beauty in heavy industry, as manufacturing, maritime shipping, gas refinement and oil-drilling all drive the city’s economy: You can cruise the monumental Port of Houston, chill on the Gulf of Mexico’s sandy beaches or see the very best of Houston, all within a short trip. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Pasadena!
1. Space Center Houston
This may be obvious but the Johnson Space Center is the “Houston” that astronauts address in movies, and is only a few minutes from Pasadena. It’s impossible not to be inspired by the attraction’s hardware, counting capsules, astronaut trainers, a command module and one of the Saturn V rockets that powered the Apollo missions into space from 1966 to 1973. Don’t miss the Northrop Grumman Theater, showing the mind-blowing large format movies, Inside the Space Station and To Be an Astronaut. Another artefact or the ages is the very lectern from which JFK declared his ambition for America to land on the moon in 1962.