Things to do in/around Houston

Things to do in the beautiful city of Houston

Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. The center features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston: http://spacecenter.org/grouppromo

 *Use the code "dup15q" to get a 40% discount on tickets

 

The Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care, and even education! Each year over two million guests come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the well being of our residents and guests. https://www.houstonzoo.org/

 

Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 300 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!  https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/default.asp

 

Big Rivers is more than just a waterpark! We have the largest lazy river in Texas, the tallest waves in Texas, and the biggest interactive play structure in Texas. Daily and annual passholders also enjoy free access to Gator Bayou's Wild Isle, Gator Gulch, and Big Al's Fishing Hole. And for our inaugural 2018 season, everyone parks for free! http://bigriverswaterpark.com/

 

This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.Houston Museum of Natural Science: http://www.hmns.org/

 

Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts, from school children and adults alike, attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility. http://www.hmh.org/ 

 

Children's Museum of Houston connects children and families with experiences that they can customize to suit their own learning interests. These experiences are designed to offer foundational learning opportunities, provide parents with the support they need in their role as the first teachers of their children, and reinforce learning that occurs in school. Equally important are ongoing efforts to remain accessible and welcoming to those with special needs.https://www.cmhouston.org/

 

Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown, located just minutes north of Houston in Spring, TX, experienced a multi-million dollar transformation in 2014! Houston's Largest Waterpark already featured an impressive line-up of rides including the Brain Drain, Stingray Racer, Ripqurl, Tornado, Texas Free Fall, and Thunder Run. All-new visitor experiences include Wet 'n' Wild Jr., a new interactive children's area, Big Kahuna, a family mega-raft ride and FlowRider, a unique surfing experience! https://www.wetnwildsplashtown.com/

 

 

Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise Westin hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, meeting every style and taste. A plethora of amenities, including a full-size ice rink for recreational and figure skating, a state of the art children’s play area, two swimming pools, full-service national and international banks, multiple tax-free reimbursement locations for international guests, two tailor shops, several beauty salons, and a post office, continually serve a wide range of shopper delights. https://www.simon.com/mall/the-galleria

 

The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.  https://www.kemahboardwalk.com/

 

 

Beaches around the Houston area:

*Stewart Beach  Galveston TX 1 Hour from Downtown Houston: https://www.galveston.com/stewartbeach/

*Surfside Beach  Surfside Beach TX   1 Hour from Downtown Houston:  http://www.surfsidetx.org

*Sylvan Beach TX  30 Minutes From Downtown Houston: https://www.ci.la-porte.tx.us/474/Sylvan-Beach-Fishing-Pier

*East Beach  (Galveston, TX) 1 Hour From Downtown Houston: https://www.galveston.com/eastbeach/

*Galveston Island State Park   (Galveston, TX) 1 Hour from Downtown Houston:  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/galveston-island