Summertime means vacation time and what better place to spend your leisure time than in Houston, Texas. The city offers a multitude of activity from outdoor concerts and theatre to story time for the little ones.
Houston is a mecca of both intellectual and mental delight. A top-rated city to visit whether for business or for pleasure. There is sure to be something that will spark your interest. Listed below are some of the more popular choices to partake in for your next summer outing in Houston.
1. Houston Zoo
While visiting Houston make sure to you check out the city zoo. Touted as one of the best zoos in the country, as well as being over 55 acres in size. we are sure you will not be disappointed. Playing home to over 6,000 species of wildlife, the zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX and is open Monday-Sunday 9am-7pm.
2. Downtown Aquarium
Displays of aquatic ecosystems, including vibrant coral reefs, await you as well as a variety of sea life, a touch pool, and the always popular shark tanks. The Houston aquarium is a big hit with the little ones, as well as the adults. The aquarium is located on 410 Bagby Street and is open Monday-Saturday 10am-8: 30 pm.
3. Houston Museum Of National Science
Established in 1909 as a free source for the public, the museum focuses on both education and science. One of the most popular museums in the country, you will find offerings such as science halls, exhibits, a planetarium and a butterfly center.
The Houston museum is located on the northern border of Hermann Park and the hours of operation are Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm.
4. Space Center Houston
Opened in 1992, and the official visitor center for NASA continues to host over 1 million visitors annually. Boasting over 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits, there is sure to be something to spark your interest. The center is located on NASA Parkway and is owned and operated by NASA. The center’s summer hours are Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm but can vary by season.
5. Houston Astros
What would a trip to Houston be if you didn’t take in a game at the Astrodome? Enjoy a relaxing game of baseball while enjoying a hot dog and cheering on the team. How could a vacation get any better? You can catch the Houston Astros on select days at the Astrodome on Kirby Drive. Call to check and see when the team is in town and playing.
6. Market Square Park
This historic venue offers outdoor movie viewings during the summer months, live entertainment, tranquil walkways to stroll on, as well as some unrivaled dog runs. The park is reminiscent of another era, where neighbors and families would gather to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Located in downtown Houston, Texas, you are sure to not want to miss visiting this popular attraction.
7. Grand Texas Theme Park
With the opening just this year of Big Rivers, and the soon to follow challenge course and the much anticipated Gator Bayou Adventure Park, this is sure to be one attraction that the little ones, and the big ones, will not want to miss. Located approximately 30 miles north of Houston.
8. Rock the Dock Series
On the Kemah Boardwalk, you can enjoy the presentation of live music, every Thursday night. If you decide to bring the kids along, they can enjoy the carnival rides while you rock out to the tunes. The Kemah Boardwalk is located on Kipp Avenue.
9. Water Parks
If you and your family are fans of water parks, well you are in luck. There are seven different water parks in the Houston area to choose from to cool you down after a long hot day. Your best bet is vacationer favorite WetnWild Splashtown off Interstate 45.
10. Splash Pads
Why not let the little ones enjoy some time outside at one of Houston’s many splash pads. They will really help in cooling you off and requires no preplanning. Just grab your suit and go.
11. Horseback Riding
This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Although there is a commune with nature feel about it, to be honest, most people consider horseback riding to be more about the relaxation. Either way, you can joy the whole process with the entire family involved. Why not try out Cypress Trails, approximately 25 miles north of Houston. This facility caters to beginners and experts alike.
As you can see a trip to the Houston area can be fun, rewarding and gives you the chance to make long-lasting memories with your family. There is always something to do and something to see. Why not start your planning now, and enjoy all that you can on your trip to Houston!