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Beyond Reality: Your Handbook to Infinite Houston

Beyond Reality Your Handbook to Infinite Houston

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to try with friends and family within the border of the city, then you’ll be glad to know that Infinite VR has set up shop in the space city. 

Ever wished to escape reality and enter a realm where the extraordinary becomes ordinary? Get ready to step into the captivating universe of Infinite Houston, where Virtual Reality (VR) transforms the mundane into the extraordinary.

In this guide, we unravel the secrets of immersive VR experiences, providing you with a ticket to a world where possibilities are limitless, and the extraordinary is just a headset away.

What is Infinite Houston?

What is Infinite Houston

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The Infinite Houston Experience is a virtual reality experience where visitors can interact with multi-sensory installations to explore a life size replica of the International Space Station (ISS). 

Made by Infinity Experiences, the Infinite Houston (sometimes referred to as just The Infinite) is a collaboration between Felix & Paul Studios and PHI Studio. They’re both known for their award winning entertainment experiences via VR and AR.

The team behind The Infinite wanted it to be a virtual reality experience that brings audiences closer to the reality of being an astronaut living and working in space in the Earth’s orbit. 

The backbone of The Infinite lies in the Emmy Award-winning “Space Explorers: The ISS Experience,” a huge media project filmed in space by Felix & Paul Studios in collaboration with TIME Studios. 

What is Infinite Houston-2

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The Space Explorers film is the first of its kind entirely filmed in space over a course of 2 years with special 3D cameras and all access passes to the space station. It allows you to be completely immersed in the space trip as if you’re actually one of the crew. 

The result is a unique exhibition spanning across 12,500 square feet in its entirety and a 6,000 square foot recreation of the International Space Station where 150 individuals at a time are free to roam while using Virtual Reality headsets. 

This immersive project was created with the intention of not just being an exhibition, but as a showcase of technology, artistry, and human curiosity.

Houston, home to NASA’s ISS command center and a city deeply connected to space exploration, was chosen to be the location for the installation.

Address: Sawyer Yards, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 993 9823


The Virtual Reality Experience at Infinite Houston

The Virtual Reality Experience at Infinite Houston

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The experience begins with a short orientation from the staff about the entire experience, including safety procedures. 

You are then given a short explanation of their Virtual Reality Headset on its proper use and given wireless headphones that play a track with sound effects and music that are synchronized to your journey for a multi-sensory feel and full experience. 

The entire exhibit is divided into 7 zones which are all related to the topic of space exploration and travel. Three of them take you on a virtual tour of the International Space Station, while the other 4 give you a glimpse into several space phenomena. 

The Virtual Reality Experience at Infinite Houston-2

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You start your adventure into The Infinite Houston at Zone 1 called Stars Are Calling Us. Your VR headset isn’t necessary here yet. 

The installation features a laser light show that mimics the journey of starlight from its source, through the vacuum of space, to its end destination. The exhibit also serves as a teaser for what’s to come next. 

As you wrap up in Zone 1, you are asked to put on your headset and the earphones to begin your immersive tour into the International Space Station which lasts 60 minutes.

In Zone 2, you will be shown the exact view that astronauts see as they board the ISS including the tunnel that connects they walk on as they enter the station. 

Since the virtual reality flashed through the headset is footage taken from the actual ISS, as you look left and right you get to see all the gizmos and gadgets that make up the system. 

The Virtual Reality Experience at Infinite Houston-3

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Zone 3 takes you right into the helm of the space station and takes up the majority of the space at the exhibit. Here, you are taken on a guided tour through the many control rooms, quarters, and labs of the real deal by way of the audio tape provided. 

After the tour, you’re given free reign to walk around and explore the space. Since you see different parts of the virtual reality footage depending on where you walk, no 2 experiences will be exactly alike. 

The Space Walk in Zone 4 is most definitely one of the main stars of the show and undoubtedly our favorite. This area allows you to trek on a platform surrounded by clear glass that gives you an unobstructed view of space, including Earth in its entirety. 

All the proportions are made to scale, so you really get to experience exactly what astronauts see when they look out into space. 

The Virtual Reality Experience at Infinite Houston-4

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The last three zones include a space themed art installation by Ryoji Ikeda in Zone 5, while Zone 6 gives you an insider look into what goes on inside a wormhole with heavy vibrational music playing to set the mood. 

The journey ironically, yet meaningful ends in Zone 7’s The Origin which projects what scientists believe the Big Bang looked like. 

Things to Know

Tickets cost from $29 to $36 depending on add ons chosen by the visitor from the basic experience which tours you around the inside of the space station, to more immersive experiences that you have to pay extra for. 

To fully enjoy the experience, guests are advised to wear comfy clothes, bring small bags as there won’t be any bag checks, wear contact lenses instead of glasses for the virtual reality headsets to fit more comfortably. 

Best Time to Go

The Infinite Houston was last held from December 21, 2021 to April 17, 2022, but because of popular demand, the exhibition’s makers are planning to relaunch the experience in Houston. Stay tuned for announcements on their websites and affiliates

How to Get There parking situation

The Infinite Houston was launched in the city at the Sawyer Yards which is one of the biggest creative communities dedicated to different art forms and media in Houston. It’s located just 3 minutes from Downtown Houston. 

To get there from any part of the city, make your way to Houston Avenue Street then turn left onto Edwards Street. Turn right and head straight, Sawyer Yards will be on your right. 

At first glance, it’ll look like a run of the mill old rail yard station, but you’re in the right place! Parking is available either at the Main Yard Parking Lot on Winter Street or the North Yard Parking Lot on Spring Street. 

Where to Eat Nearby

Address: 1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 227 4893



  • Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm 
  • Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm 
  • Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

After a mind-bending experience at the Infinite Houston at Sawyer Yards, if you find yourself craving some hearty comfort food, Stanton’s City Bites won’t disappoint. This mom-and-pop sandwich shop cooks up quality burgers though. 

Stay on theme by getting their Blue Moon Burger made with blue cheese for a taste just as unique as the virtual reality experience. Aside from burgers, they also make great sandwiches with our favorite being the smoked turkey sandwich on wheat toast. 

Don’t miss out on their house fried pickle chips which are a star all on their own!

Address: 3414 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 832 834 4417



  • Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm 
  • Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm 
  • Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm

Heading to Urban Eats after immersing myself in the Infinite Houston extends a great day of exploring VR to an equally great dining experience. This bistro offers a delightful blend of an upscale market and a full-service bistro. 

Every dish is made with local ingredients and carefully crafted by talented cooks.They have full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, as well as, happy hour options complete with beer, wine, and cocktails. 

The ahi couscous is a must try from the lunch specials, while the dinner menu’s star is their bourbon maple pork chop.

Chatters Cafe & Bistro

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Address: 140 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 864 8080



  • Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm 

When the hunger pangs hit after a mind-bending journey through the International Space Station at The Infinite Houston, Chatters Cafe & Bistro is a great place to grab dinner with its laid-back charm and diverse menu. 

Here, you’ll find a combination of American, Greek, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. We suggest you start with their Hummus that pairs well with their Zucchini Fritters. A choice between their burgers, sandwiches, or gyros makes for a filling main course. 


Image Source: Killen’s Website

Address: 101 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 637 4664



  • Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm 
  • Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm 
  • Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

For a familiar taste of classic Southern comfort food, Killen’s is on the very top of our list. Their menu features classic American dishes that pack a flavorful punch. 

The fried green tomatoes have always been a crowd pleaser, but our favorite would have to be their crispy skin fried pork belly. The shrimp and grits, as well as the chicken and waffles are simple but very well executed. 

Don’t forget to try one of their desserts to end your meal on a high note! The sticky bun and the carrot cake are both must eats. 

Mendocino Farms

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Address: 1200 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 595 8086



  • Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – Closed

If you’re looking for a food joint that serves up gourmet but creative sandwiches, soups, and salads made with local and seasonal ingredients, then Mendocino Farms is a great place to try. They serve up quality dishes inspired by flavors from different cuisines. 

Some of the items we suggest you order are the Peruvian Steak Sandwich with spicy aji amarillo steak with Oaxacan cheese and herb aioli, the Thai Mango with ramen noodles and bean sprouts, and their Greek Lemon Chicken and Farro Soup. 

Squeeze in a healthy option by getting their Get Your Greens drink with cucumber, kale, arugula, ginger, and lemon. 

Where to Stay Nearby

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Heights I-10

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Address: 3220 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Phone Number: +1 281 888 5896

Pricing: $$$

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Nestled in a green residential complex just off Interstate 10, the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Heights I-10 is a great place to stay while dropping by The Infinite VR Experience with convenient access to the vibrant heart of Houston. 

Walking just 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll find yourself exploring the White Oak Bayou Trail or the White Oak Music Hall for outdoor concerts. The hotel itself is decorated with murals while the rooms are comfortable whether you choose a standard or an upgraded one. 

The patio with fire pits is an ideal spot to unwind after a long day of space adventures.

Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection

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Address: 220 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 224 4266

Pricing: $$$

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At the Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection, you can step back to a bygone era of luxury in a piece of history from 1911. Formerly a bank, this elegant hotel is a true gem. You can  marvel at the original details, including a preserved vault, as you explore the grounds. 

Located just a block from METRORail and bus stops, this hotel offers unparalleled convenience along with its meticulously decorated rooms. The in-house restaurant and bar serve three Texas-inspired meals daily, making dining an experience in itself. 

The spa which is accessible to guests is the cherry on top to a wonderful stay. 

The Lancaster Hotel

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Address: 701 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 228 9500

Pricing: $$$

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The Lancaster Hotel stands tall in a brick tower dating back to 1926. This upscale hotel offers a sophisticated complete with marble bathrooms, antique beds, and grand entryways and common seating areas. 

The rooms themselves are elegantly decorated with complete modern appliances. 

You can enjoy their complimentary hot breakfast buffet and weekly wine hour. The free shuttle service to any location within a 3-mile radius also adds to the overall convenience of your stay. 

The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Address: 1117 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Phone Number: +1 832 200 8800

Pricing: $$$

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The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton is a chic hotel with a legacy dating back to 1924. A 3 minute walk from the Preston light rail station, this gem offers direct access to the museum district, for a cultural adventure after your Infinite Houston experience. 

The plush, modern rooms are a perfect blend of style and comfort, providing a retreat after a day of exploration. The upscale American restaurant and cocktail bar offer good food and great drinks, while the panoramic upper-floor veranda offers city views.

Don’t forget to check out the iconic mural painted on the side of the hotel facade. 

Magnolia Hotel Houston, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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Address: 1100 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, United States

Phone Number: +1 713 221 0011

Pricing: $$$

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If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near The Infinite Houston at the Sawyer Yards, The Magnolia Hotel should be a big contender. The hotel itself is an ode to vintage charm and modern luxury, housed in an elegant 1926 building. 

The rooms are classically designed but also adorned with contemporary amenities. The rooftop pool and hot tub provide a great place to chill and relax while the 24-hour gym ensures your fitness routine remains uninterrupted. 

With a billiards room, this hotel really pushes for an all inclusive stay for its guests. 

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