Unlike almost any other Houston neighborhood, the Museum District is worth exploring on foot for both the scenery and the amount of activities it offers. Roughly bordered by the Southwest Freeway (north), Hermann Park (south), Almeda Road (east) and Rice University (west), the district includes some of Houston's marquee attractions — the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Japanese Gardens — to go with the 20 museums from which it takes its name. Thanks to the abundant old-growth trees lining the streets, it's one of the shadiest parts of Houston, a recommendation all by itself. But there's plenty of other stuff worth seeing on your morning or evening stroll: the stately churches lining Main Street south of 59, the Braes Bayou trail, and so many doctor's offices and hospitals that some parts feel more like a mini-Medical Center. And of course, if you really want to push your stamina, you can always step across Cambridge Street to the real thing.