Houston, there’s no problem here!
From the iconic Houston space research center to the highly rated Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas’ most populous city holds its own in more ways than one. If you are on a visit to the city, be assured that you would always have much more on your plate than you can handle.
Don’t believe us? Check out this list of the best things to do in Houston, Texas!
CityPASS allows you to save money on multiple top attractions which are carefully hand-picked so that you're not missing out on the city's best sights (like the Space Center Houston and the Downtown Aquarium). The pass gives you entrance to five attractions and allows you to skip ticket lines. Purchase CityPASS to save 49% on admission pp - so you not only save time but money too.
Things to do with kids in Houston
Home to multiple sea lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and other exotic animals, the Houston Zoo is the perfect hangout place for your kids. Other offerings such as a summer camp, a children’s zoo and an aquarium holding over 2,000 individual fresh and saltwater fish make this place a favorite among the local population too.
What’s more – the authorities also have a provision to host parties and events inside the zoo premises. With a maximum capacity of over 2,500 guests, the Houston zoo is the perfect setting for an unforgettable celebration.
Buy your tickets online to avoid the troublesome queues. Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Last entry is at 6 p.m. The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week, 364 days a year. Closed on Christmas Day. It is closed early on Christmas eve, and closed during the day on Thanksgiving Day.
Houston CityPASS®: 5 Top Attractions at up to 48% Off
If you are bringing the kids around, why not grab the Houston cityPASS, where you save 48% on a ticket which gives you access to 5 attractions:
Space Center Houston
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts
Children’s Museum of Houston OR Kemah Boardwalk All-day Ride Pass.
Price: From 59 USD
2. A day out at the Children’s Museum of Houston
Ranked among the best children’s museums in the country, the Children’s museum of Houston is a top destination among the children and adults alike. After all, a little fun never hurts anyone! With exhibits such as classroom curriculum and home school day on offer, you can be sure that your kid leaves the place a bit wiser and much smarter. The museum remains closed on Mondays. With a host of events taking place almost every alternate week, you would be better served if you call them up and plan your visit accordingly.
Children’s Museum of Houston
Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, USA
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
Admission: $12 USD per person (all ages), to enter the Museum, your group must include a child
Website: Children’s Museum of Houston
3. Escape Game Houston - Can You Escape In Time?
Do you have what it takes to find hidden gold, solve an art heist, or even break out of jail? Now’s your chance to find out! Located in CityCentre, The Escape Game is Houston’s number one escape room and immersive adventure. Here’s how it works: You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination and a sense of urgency! Book your game and learn more about it on The Escape Game Houston website.
With four immersive, unique games to choose from, there is truly an adventure for everyone: Prison Break, Gold Rush, The Heist, and Playground. In the Prison Break room, the goal is to flee before the warden returns from an hour-long meeting. Gold Rush will send you on a hunt for a hidden treasure that you have to find – before the mob does. If you play The Heist, you’ll have to steal back a priceless piece of art that has gone missing. And finally, you can relive your days of childhood in Playground where you will need to complete your report card in time for summer.
The Escape Game Houston
Address: In CityCentre Houston at 794 Sorella Court, Suite 127 Houston, TX 77024
Admission: $31.99 USD per person (all ages)
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am - 11:30pm, See website for full game schedule
Website: The Escape Game Houston
Space Center Houston
Address: 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX, USA 77058
Admission: From $29.95 USD (Adult)
Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Hours are subjected to change depending on season, refer to their website for the full list of opening hours).
Website: Space Center Houston
Don’t miss on anything with this 6-hour tour. Take a tram ride to the International Space Station Assembly Building while being accompanied by a live guide that will field all your queries
Don’t hesitate! Grab your tickets now.
Space City Tour & NASA Space Center Visit with Admission
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Price: From 79.95 USD
If you are a history lover, this is the place you would want to visit. Though not a place which remains brimming with people, the San Jacinto monument is nothing less than iconic. A $4 elevator ride takes you to the top of the monument from where the downtown, west, east and north parts of the Houston ship canal are visible. The museum on the inside of the monument makes the visitors’ experience even better and worth every penny spent. Don’t forget to see the battleship Texas right across the street!
San Jacinto Battle Museum
Address: 1 Monument Cir, La Porte, TX 77571, USA
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Website: San Jacinto Museum
Things to do in Houston at night
6. Taste the best pies in the town at the House of Pies
7. Head towards Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
This place has been winning over the hearts of the locals and visitors alike since the 90s. Mucky Duck is one of the best known places in Houston for scrumptious food, high quality beer and great music. There is no bad seat in the house for a music performance. If you are in a mood for some authentic Irish music, ‘the Duck’ is the place to be.
9. Dance it out at the Whiskey River
P.S. The place remains closed on Monday and Tuesday!
10. A rising star in Houston’ night life – Axelrad Beer garden
11. Head to Big Easy Social and Pleasure club for great company and awesome music
Places to relish art and culture in Houston
12. Feed your artistic soul at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
13. How about some Graffiti sightseeing at the Mullet
14. Enjoy the breathtaking architecture of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
15. The Art Car Museum – It’s quirky, it’s unique, it’s fun
16. Love flying? Take a tour of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum
A fun day out in Houston
17. Get the fun going with a visit to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
18. Try out the not-so-spooky Glenwood Cemetery
19. See the giant President heads at the David Adickes Sculpturworx Studio
UPDATE 14/04/16: The Presidents’s and Beatles statues have been relocated behind a fence on Nance Street. There should be a new location for them to be displayed again soon. The previous given location is no longer valid.
20. Catch an event at the Miller Outdoor Theatre
21. Roll on at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink
Interesting places to visit in Houston
22. Rothko Chapel
23. Menil Collection
24. Mecom Fountain
25. Discovery Green
Try to plan your visit during a festival to be bowled over by the extravagant decorations!
26. Hermann Park
With so much going on in the streets of Houston all day long, it is hard to imagine a world underground! The secretive (not so much!) underground tunnel system in Houston is often overlooked due to the multiple attractions the city offers above the ground level. This hard to find tunnel system connects many well-known offices, restaurants, banks and other significant institutes in the city. Additionally, you would also find a number of eateries, plazas and shops selling interesting stuff. Though it may take some time for you to find it, it would be worth the effort.
If you are afraid of getting lost, get on a tour and have a local guide bring you around!
Houston from Below: Underground Tunnel Tour
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Price: From 35 USD
28. Smither Park
29. Holocaust museum
30. National Museum of Funeral History
31. Bellaire's Evelyn's Park
Evelyn’s Park is quite new and boasts a cafe called the Ivy & James. It’s in a pleasant corner of the park where you can grab a coffee or a meal. This park is all about nature, and while small, there’s slides and the little ones can dig for ‘treasure.’
There’s a wall that commemorates the donors and children have fun deciphering some of the messages on the bright structure decorated with butterflies and beetles. Large lawns provide lots of space for the children to run around and play. The park also offers a selection of events through the year.
Address: 4400 Bellaire Boulevard Bellaire, Texas 77401
Website: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy
32. Visit the horses at the Houston Police Department
Did you know that you can pay a visit to the horses at the Houston Police Department? They are open from Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm. Bigger parties and groups can call and arrange times as well. Visitors may enter the barn, which is a state of the art facility.
Visitors may take treats for the horses as well. Carrots and apples are accepted, but only two per horse. Leftovers are kept for the horses to eat later. You need to sign a waiver indemnity and enter at your own risk.
Houston Police Department Mounted Unit
Address: 5005 Little York Rd. Houston,Tx. 77016-2547
Website: Houston Mounted Police
Unusual/exclusive activities to do in Houston
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Dubbed the ‘Houston sky pool’, this pool seems as though it’s levitating above the bustling downtown Houston traffic. That’s to say that this pool sits 40 stories (500 feet) above the ground, which might be appealing to some but frightening for others! So,if you’re an adventurous person, you most definitely have to put this pool in their travel bucket list! However, access to the pool is pretty limited as you’ll either have to be a resident of Market Square Tower or have a friend who lives there to grant you access. So while it might be a more exclusive activity, if you ever do step into the pool, you’ll surely be amazed!
You have no time to waste!
You don’t need to have deep pockets to make your stay in Houston memorable. Just take this bucket list along and tick off as many items as you can, and you would end up seeing the best of what Houston has to offer. Go out and explore the H-town now!
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