Travel and Transportation
By day, you’ll find downtown’s George R. Brown Convention Center central and convenient, as the facility is set within 15 minutes of Houston’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Just a short distance from the GRB, attendees will find diverse districts filled with the city’s top places to eat, drink and shop. Link to the Houston microsite for information on area attractions.
Springtime temperatures are generally not hot, ranging from high of 75–82 degrees F (23.9–27.8 degrees C) and lows of 56–64 degrees F (13.3–17.8 degrees C). Rain and thunderstorms are not uncommon at this time of year.
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
7800 Airport Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77061
Phone: +1 713 640 3000
Distance from the convention center: 12 miles
Drive time: 20 minutes
Shuttle: $20 one way
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
2800 North Terminal Road
Houston, Texas 77032
Phone: +1 281 230 3100
Distance from the convention center: 25 miles
Drive time: 30 minutes
Shuttle: $25 one way
AAPG 2014 ACE attendees can save on SuperShuttle fares in Houston. Your reservations must be made online for the discount to apply. These discounts do not apply to reservations made over the phone. Visit the SuperShuttle website to make your reservation and use the code FWL3C for your final discounted rate. You may contact SuperShuttle if you have any questions.
Toll-Free: +1 800 BLUE VAN (+1 800 258 3826)
Phone: +1 281 230 7275
AVIS / Budget
AAPG Members can take this opportunity to receive discounts off vehicle rentals through either AVIS or Budget. You will need to have your membership card available for reservations and to pick up your vehicle. Please visit the AVIS and Budget websites to begin saving on your car rental.
Directions to George R. Brown Convention Center
From IAH Take I-45 South> to I-10 East > to US-59 South (exit #770A)> exit Downtown Destinations-Hamilton Street > right on Capitol Street> left on Avenida de las Americas.
From HOU Take I-45 North > exit Downtown Destinations (exit #45) > exit Pease Street > right on Dowling Street > left on Polk Street > right on Avenida de las Americas.
Convention Center Parking
The Convention Center offers a 1,600-space parking garage located at the corner of Polk Street and Avenida de las Americas. There are two skywalks connecting the George R. Brown Convention Center and Hilton Americas-Houston. Daily parking rates $10 – Surface lots $12 – Underground Convention District Parking Garage $20 – Hilton Americas-Houston garage
For more information on parking options visit the George R. Brown Convention center website.
Getting Around Houston
The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6* for all trips in the downtown area. This fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59.
METRORail offers convenient, accessible service within the heart of the city between downtown Houston and Reliant Park. The red line is 7.5 miles long. One-way fare is $1.25*. METRO Bus System runs mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route. One-way fare is $1.25*. For more information on schedules, fares and options, please visit the METRO online.
The AAPG shuttle bus system will provide convenient transportation Sunday through Wednesday between selected convention hotels and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Please note that some hotels are within walking distance of the Convention Center and will not be serviced by the shuttle buses. Lobby D is the pick-up and drop-off point for the Convention Center. Look for“AAPG Shuttle” signs for more information.
Beeline to Houston’s newly resurrected Central Business District. It’s home to pro sports teams like the Astros and Rockets, as well as year-round resident companies in all the major performing arts. And thanks to recent efforts to develop the area’s culinary and nightlife scene, downtown enjoys a following that extends beyond the 9 to 5 hours. Head over to the Market Square Park area, where classic bars like La Carafe mix with newcomers like the OKRA Charity Saloon. Catch a show or enjoy a night out at GreenStreet, a four-block, mixed-use entertainment complex. While you’re in the area, swing by the 12-acre Discovery Green for live music.
Space Center Houston
The Space Center Houston, the official visitor’s center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth where guests can embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space. Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theaters. In addition, the venue presents an array of traveling exhibits and events created exclusively by Space Center Houston’s creative exhibit team.
Just southwest of downtown, in the pedestrian-friendly Museum District, more than 8.7 million visitors explore the 18 cultural institutions that make up the tree-lined, culture-filled neighborhood each year. The district is the proud home of the nation’s sixth largest art museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, offering guests 300,000 square feet of space dedicated to paintings, sculptures, costumes, photography and textiles dating back to the antiquities. Other area highlights include a vault containing the largest emerald crystal ever recovered in North America, a kid-run city complete with skyline, government and job roles, plus Houston’s first and only 4-D theater.
*Rates subject to change.