Need a few fun things to do in Houston Texas? Houston may be best known for oil and NASA, but there are lots of other fun things to do in Houston too. It's a great destination for family fun! We have been there several times!
Many people who visit Houston are already aware of NASA and are planning a visit to it, but what about other Houston attractions?
To help find your way around Houston, I have a Houston map that shows you where our favorite attractions, hotels, and restaurants are located. I also tell you about Houston weather, and more. It's all below...
First things first though... here are our favorite...
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is where astronauts are trained. The famous Mission Control, seen in several movies and from where space flights are controlled, is also located here.
That makes it a very exciting place!
Space Center Houston is the official visitors' center. It has several fun attractions, like Space Center theater, Blast Off theater, Feel of Space, and more.
We even took a tour to Mission Control, which is open to public tours whenever there aren't any space missions.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is another cool place that I like a lot. It is a very interesting place where one can learn a lot about the world we live in, and have fun while doing it.
My youngest son loves dinosaurs, which makes the Paleontology Hall a great place for him to hang out. My favorite is the Energy Hall and African Wildlife exhibit.
There are many other exhibits, some permanent and some on display only for for a fixed period.
HMNS has something for everybody.
The Children's Museum of Houston is within walking distance of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, so it's easy to spend a whole day in this one area and visit both museums.
The Children's Museum has some very cool, interactive exhibits for kids. Among many others, How Does It Work? is a science exhibit that shows kids how interesting things work. Moneyville teaches kids about finances and how money works.
I think the Children's Museum is truly a great place for kids!
The Houston Zoo is also within walking distance of the Houston Museum of Natural Science... another reason to visit this area.
With more than 4000 animals, the Houston Zoo has it all... all kinds of apes and monkeys, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, bears, birds, snakes, and much more. They even have a white alligator!
Kids like the Children's Zoo where they can pet animals too (the non-dangerous kind).
The Houston Zoo is one of the coolest things to do in Houston! Don't miss it!
Discovery Green Park is a huge park near downtown Houston and is a great place for families to hang out.
It has huge lawns, a children's playground, dog runs, a jogging trail, a large lake, water features, two great restaurants, and even an outdoor ice skating rink.
There is even wireless internet available if you need it!
To me, Discovery is a nice place to hang out for a more quiet day or afternoon.
Any decent water park will have a variety of pool, slides, and raft rides. SplashTown Water Park in Spring, just north of Houston, is no exception!
Can you imagine being launched through a dark tunnel, accellerating down steep, arcing turns that takes you into a bowl, and then end with a splash into the pool below? Well, that's the RipQurl, and that's only one of the many rides!
I won't try to describe every fun activity here, but I can tell you that kids and parents alike ought to have a lot of fun at SplashTown!
With all these wonderful things to do in Houston, you should have a memorable time in Houston. I know we do!
Houston is a big city, so as you can imagine, there are a huge amount of restaurants in Houston. Not all restaurants are equally good though, so I want to show you a few good restaurants that are worth considering.
Here are our favorite Houston restaurants.
Houston has many great hotels to choose from. I usually like it that our hotels are located close to attractions and also have a pool.
Here are our favorite Houston hotels.
When going on vacation, it helps a lot if you know where to find the attractions that you would like to visit!
To help with that, I have created a Houston map that shows where our favorite things to do in Houston, as well as restaurants and hotels, are located.
There are events that take place in Houston that aren't fixed attractions. They can be a lot of fun too. Take a look at my Houston Texas Events Calendar to find some fun events for your family.
You can also buy tickets for events and concerts in Houston right here!
It always helps if the weather plays along when planning things to do in Houston.
To find out what the weather's plans are for the next few days, check out the Houston weather.
Have you been to Houston before and have a fun attraction that you like to visit? Please tell us about it!
Also read about others' favorite activities and experiences, like this submission about the Kemah Boardwalk.