Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. There is a lot to do in the city including fun activities for the entire family to enjoy such as a visit to the NASA Space Center, Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Discovery Green and many more. If you looking to get out of the city for a while there are many places you can go for a day trip that are easily accessible from Houston. Galveston Island, Brazos Bend State Park, Kemah, Brenham, Sam Houston National Forest, and Austin are some of the best places for a day trip from Houston. Whether it is spending time soaking up the sun at the beach or enjoying a hiking experience while taking in the fresh air in the forest, vacationers will have tons to do here. This carefully curated list helps you to plan your day trips from Houston, Texas.
1. Jackson Square in New Orleans
New Orleans is a fun and vibrant southern city that is rich in history and culture. Its diverse influences are felt throughout as you walk down the French Quarter with its unique architecture and colorful housing. A day trip from Houston to the famous town is definitely worth the journey as you will have the opportunity to sample the different flavors of French cuisine and visit iconic sites such as the Jackson Square where you can marvel at the beautiful architecture that is set against a backdrop of gorgeous greenery.
Address: 701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Website: Jackson Square
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (daily)
2. Dallas (and the Dallas Museum of Art)
Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Get the entire family together and venture out on a road trip that will give you an insight into American history. You will have the opportunity to visit the Art District where you will find the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Museum of Asian Art. Both of these institutions cover thousands of years of art. One can also learn more about the site of the assassination of former president John F Kennedy at downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Dallas Museum of Art
Address: 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Website: Dallas Museum of Art
Opening hours: 11am - 5pm (daily)
3. Sam Houston National Forest
Sam Houston National Forest is located in the north end of Houston and is one of four national forests in Texas. There are many hiking trails in the area and the one you choose should be dependant on your fitness level. Some might also want to just go there to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenery. Pack a picnic basket with you so you can enjoy some quality time with a loved one enjoying the site by the lake.
Sam Houston National Forest
Address: 394 FM 1375, New Waverly, TX 77358, USA
Website: Sam Houston National Forest
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 11:30am, 12pm - 4:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: 5 USD
Viator offers visitors to Houston a once in a lifetime experience where they can observe a day in the life of an astronaut at the NASA Space Centre. The NASA Space Centre Tour is a full day experience where you will get to observe and interact with astronauts as they prepare for their missions, tour the NASA facility and most importantly touch a rock from the moon. Your full day pass includes the Nasa Tram, Mission Briefing Center, and Starship Gallery. The tour starts with a pick up in downtown Houston and you will be taken on a double-decker bus that allows you to sightsee.
Houston City and NASA's Space Center Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 6 hours
Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The small island is great for those looking to enjoy some time on the beach while also being able to explore the history and culture of Galveston. The six-hour coach tour allows you to explore historic Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall, and the Strand historic district with the help of an experienced guide. You will also have the opportunity to see downtown Houston’s most famous landmarks by a double-decker open-top bus.
Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
Duration: 6 hours
6. Blessington Farms
A tour to Blessington Farms is a great opportunity for the entire family to spend some bonding time. This tour is especially recommended for kids as they get to harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins among other fruits and vegetables. Other fun activities to do at the farm are a game of tug of war, gem mining and trolley swinging.
Address: 510 Chisolm Trail, Wallis, TX 77485, USA
Website: Blessington Farms
Opening hours: Mon - Wed, Fri - Sat: 9am - 2pm (closed on Sun & Thu)
Price: 20 USD
7. Sabine National Forest
Sabine National Forest is a great escape opportunity from the hustle and bustle of the city. The remote and untouched forest is located just short of three hours from Houston, Texas by car. It is the perfect place to get in touch with nature as there are some hiking trails, a river and a place to camp. The secret location forms the perfect backdrop for gorgeous landscape photographs and one can enjoy ultimate peace and tranquility.
Sabine National Forest
Address: 5050 TX-21, Hemphill, TX 75948, USA
Website: Sabine National Forest
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
8. Big Thicket National Preserve
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Located in the southeast end of Texas is the dense and nature-rich Big Thicket National Preserve that welcomes outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy some downtime away from the city. The national park is very diverse with multiple habitats. Expect to see nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. Guests visiting for the day can enjoy a variety of adventure activities such as hiking and paddling.
Big Thicket National Preserve
Address: FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625, USA
Website: Big Thicket National Preserve
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
9. Mustang Island
If you looking for a coastal day trip away from the city then Mustang Island will certainly fulfill that desire. This part of the Gulf of Mexico boasts a variety of natural species from birds to endangered Atlantic green sea turtles. While on the island be sure to explore what the area has to offer by going on the many foot trails or spend time on the beach soaking up the sun.
Address: Texas, USA
Constructed in 1936 the San Jacinto Monument serves as a tribute and reminder of the “Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas”. The monument is also the tallest stone structure in the world. At the base of the monument, you will find the San Jacinto Museum, where visitors from across the globe come to observe the museums collection of the history of Texas. You can expect to find items that date back to 400 years old. There are documents, visual images, and rare library books.
Full-Day Tour of Houston, Battleship Texas, and San Jacinto Monument
Plan a trip to escape the city
Whether you are a tourist visiting Texas or a local living in Houston, there are so many things to do in and around the city that your days will be filled with much fun and activities from history lessons, learning about science to adventures in the sun. If this sounds like you then make sure to book one or more of these day trips from Houston.
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