Location: Houston, TX
Price Point: Moderate to High
Theme: Inspired by Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy
Type: Indoor (Three Story) (2,237,000 sq ft)
- Soft Play Area
- Stroller Rentals
- Ice Skating
- Rainforest Cafe
- Water Wall/ Park
Must Stop Shops:
- Gifts of Texas
- Armani Express
- Nieman Marcus
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Top Sho
The Galleria is the melting pot of Houston. People from near and far and all walks of life frequent the halls of this massive two million dollar multi-purpose facility. Being the number one tourist destination in all of Houston you will hear a series of several dialects and languages spoken within the commotion of these always moving halls. With shopping, lodging, athletic club and endless dining options The Galleria is a one stop Houston experience. Due to this there are several amenities for international travelers much like duty free shopping and a currency exchange.
The traffic on Westheimer is, for lack of a more specific term, a nightmare, and it is best advised to approach the galleria from a street much like W. Alabama or Sage St. My preferred parking is the Brown lot which is located directly off of W. Alabama; it has decent sized spots and I’ve always seemed to manage to find a spot that’s not longer than a two row hike from a mall entrance.
For families you can watch the ice skating as you enjoy your meal in the Rainforest Cafe. If you choose to skate it is $18 for any person over the age of 6 and $16 for anyone 5 and under.
If you are only there to shop for your little ones there is a child specific section of the mall in the lower level of the Nordstrom court. This court includes, Osh Kosh, Janie & Jack, Monsoon, Crazy 8, Gymboree, Stride Rite, Gap Kids and Destination Maternity.
There is a toddler play space just outside of the Children’s MD Anderson Hospital in the Forever 21 court. Children crawl through the tunnels and slide down slides of a tiny soft replica of the entire Galleria Mall.
Although you are able to rent strollers, maneuvering the mall can prove difficult with strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs. There are only two sets of elevators that are not located in a major anchor, one in Neiman Marcus court, and six in Saks Court. All elevators are glassed so that you are able to view the hustle and bustle of the entire galleria complex.
Exit out street level and walk the block to the Award Winning Water Wall and Williams Tower. Bring your cameras to capture brilliant photographs with this colossal wall behind you. The green area that lies between the record breaking Williams tower and this misting landmark is perfect for a family picnic or to catch up on your favorite novel while the kids run off some built up energy from being trapped in a stroller through four levels of shopping.
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