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Because it lies close to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston has warm weather and inexpensive hotel room rates for most of the year. During the summer many people who live in Houston go elsewhere to escape the heat. This is the time when you will find great hotel deals, but you’ll have to deal with the heat. Winter can be chilly, but Houston rarely has any snowfall. The best times to visit Houston are between February and April and during the fall months of September to November. The weather is pleasant during these two times and there are many festivals for visitors to enjoy.

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» Houston Weather & Temperature by Month

Houston Weather & Temperature by Month
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January is the coolest month out of the year in Houston with an average high and average low temperature of 63°F (17°C) and 43°F (6°C) respectively. Days also seem much shorter during winter month as the city only receives an average of 142 hours of sunshine – the least amount of daylight in the entire year.

In February, the average temperatures increase by three to four degrees as the average high temperature gets a small bump up to 66°F (19°C). The average low temperature increases to 47°F (8°C). February’s precipitation rate is the lowest annually with rainfall averaging at 3 inches (85 mm).

March sees the average high temperature rising quickly to 73°F (23°C). The average low temperature for the first month of spring is a cool 53°F (11°C).

Houston Weather in April: The climate warms up quickly in April as the average high temperatures makes a significant increase to 80°F (26°C). Meanwhile, the average low temperature rests at 59°F (15°C).

In May, the average high and average low temperatures range between 86°F (30°C) and 68°F (20°C), making Houston’s spring season one of the warmest springs in the country.

June sees the highest precipitation rate out of the year for Houston with rainfall averaging at 6 inches (150 mm). The average high temperature spikes to 91°F (22°C) while the average low temperature increases by nearly 10 degrees to 68°F (20°C).

Houston Weather in July: The second hottest month of the year is July as the average high temperature peaks at 94°F (34°C) and the average low temperature increases to 75°F (24°C). This month also receives the most amount of sunshine annually with an average of 294 hours of daylight.

August beats out July to be the hottest month of the year by just a degree as its average high temperature reaches 94°F (35°C). The average low temperature holds steady at 75°F (24°C) for the last month of summer.

In September, there is a much appreciated decrease in the average high and average low temperatures. The high temperature averages at 90°F (32°C), while the low temperature goes down to 70°F (21°C).

Houston Weather in October: Days are nice and sunny in October with sunshine averaging at 229 hours. The average high temperature and average low temperature range between 82°F (28°C) and 61°F (16°C).

In November, temperatures drop over ten degrees as the average high temperature sinks to 73°F (23°C). The average low temperature drops to 52°F (11°C) for the last month of spring.

December is the second coldest month of the year as the average temperatures take another steep decline. The average low temperature settles at 45°F (7°C). Meanwhile, the average high temperature will only hit 64°F (18°C).

The best time to go sightseeing in Texas is during the winter months between December and February. The cool weather makes it a great time to explore the wineries and ranches of Hill Country. It’s also a great time to go bird and dauphin watching. To enjoy the best of Texas’ outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and the like, visit in March. Of course, if festivals and parties are what you’re after, it’s best to visit Texas between the months of July through September.

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» Getting to Houston - Continued

Getting to Houston - Continued
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There are two airports in Houston: they are the George Bush Intercontinental Airport located about 22 miles north of the city; and the smaller William P. Hobby Airport which is 9 miles southeast of the city. For train lovers, Amtrak runs trains to Houston from Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles and points between. By car you can arrive via Interstate 10 or Interstate 45: these connect Houston with cities from California to Florida and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. There are two bus companies that serve Houston: Greyhound and Megabus link Houston with cities all across the nation.

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» Transportation From and To the Houston Airport

Transportation From and To the Houston Airport
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There are several ways to get from both of Houston’s airports into the city. At the George Bush Intercontinental Airport there are approximately ten car rental agencies from which to choose. The Supershuttle transports visitors from the airport to their hotels: this way is slower than a taxi but more affordable. There is a public metro bus that runs between the airport and downtown locations. At the William P. Hobby Airport there are many car rental agencies where visitors can choose a car. The Supershuttle runs between this airport and your hotel just as it does at the other airport. The public metro bus route 88 runs between the airport and downtown. There are taxis at both airports.

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» Getting Around Houston by Light Rail & Bus

Getting Around Houston by Light Rail & Bus
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Houston is a large city and there are several ways to get around. METRORail is a public transportation system that is made up of light rail lines and buses. This system is helpful to visitors because it connects points of interest such as downtown, Reliant Park, the Museum District, and other areas. Visitors can buy individual train tickets which can be used as bus transfers; the system also offers a “Q fare card” which can be reloaded for more travel. Trains run frequently so this makes it convenient for visitors. The buses can get you to places outside of the train system: this part of the system also offers transfers.

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» Getting Around Houston by Car

Getting Around Houston by Car
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Many people choose to use a car to visit Houston because it is spread out over quite a large area. Visitors should be aware that many local residents ignore speed limits on the freeways and weave in and out of traffic. There are more than 25 Zipcars that are available for visitors to rent. This allows visitors to rent a car from any Zipcar lot and pay for the car per hour or per day. The cost for rental cars in Houston is less than in other tourist destinations; however several taxes are added to the cost. There are plenty of taxis if you have need of this service. Houston’s B-Cycle is a bike-share program.

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» HoustonRestaurants

HoustonRestaurants
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Houston is a large cosmopolitan city and this means that it offers many dining choices. Many of the restaurants serve dishes from Mexico, Louisiana, and Southeast Asia. Local food means barbecue, chili, soul food, steaks, and Tex-Mex. This fare is often served with beer or a large glass of iced tea. There are many family-friendly restaurants in Houston: some of these include Cafe Express, James Coney Island Hot Dogs, and Lupe Tortilla. Antone’s on Taft Street is famous for introducing the po’ boy submarine sandwich to Houston. Many of Houston’s restaurants have won awards for their fine food and creative dishes.

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» Shopping in Houston

Shopping in Houston
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Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and is considered the “capital of the South.” So it is no wonder that it offers so many places for visitors to shop. Shopping malls abound: when you’re in Houston you are probably not very far from a mall. These malls might appeal to visitors needing to do some general shopping, but they are generally not very interesting. Of more interest are the outlet malls: the most well-known of these is the Katy Mills outlet mall on the western boundary of Houston. Major shopping areas include downtown, Chinatown in the East End, and the Montrose/The Heights area.

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» Houston Neighborhoods

Houston Neighborhoods
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Houston is made up of several neighborhoods each with their own distinctive flavor. Downtown used to be a ghost town but now it is the hottest spot in Houston with its hotels, bars, and restaurants. The area around Old Market Square and the theater district is on the northwest side of downtown. The East End is home to Houston’s Chinatown; it is also a residential area. South of downtown is the area called South Main: this is Houston’s Museum District. Other attractions here are Hermann Park, Reliant Stadium, and the Houston Zoological Gardens. Other neighborhoods include Montrose and the Heights, the Kirby District and Greenway Plaza, Uptown, and North Houston.

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» Getting Married in Houston, Texas

Getting Married in Houston, Texas
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Many visitors choose Houston for their wedding: the city offers many beautiful venues. A marriage license can be obtained at the County Clerk office in any county in Texas. In Houston the Harris County Clerk’s office is at the courthouse at 201 Caroline. Some of the popular hotel venues include the Westin Houston Memorial City, the Magnolia Hotel Houston, the Hilton Houston Post Oak, the Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria, and many more. Clubs include the Royal Oaks Country Club and Bay Oaks Country Club. There are other options such as the Astorian, Villa Antonia, Ashelynn Manor, Chateau Polonez, and Shirley Acres.

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» Where to Stay in Houston

Where to Stay in Houston
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Houston offers a wide range of accommodations: these include large luxury hotels and resorts, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and affordable family-friendly hotels. The top luxury hotels are the St. Regis Houston, the Hotel Granduca Houston, Hotel ZaZa Houston, and more. If you are looking for a beachfront hotel, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort or the San Luis Resort are on Galveston Island not far from Houston. For a lakeside resort, try the South Shore Harbour Resort located just 20 minutes from Downtown Houston. Within the city there are many choices such as Aloft Houston, Athens Hotel Suites, the Baymont Inn and Suites, and several Best Western hotels.

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Things to Do in Houston

Vibrant, dynamic and energetic, Houston is packed with exciting things to do with kids from splashing around at the Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown to delving into the city’s museums and art galleries and dining at one of the bustling burger bars and buzzing bistros, casual cafés and cozy coffee shops. Head to the Houston Zoo in Hermann Park to see over 6,000 animals across 900 species or explore the Houston Museum of Natural Science and enjoy a range of science and astronomy shows. The Space Center Houston takes visitors on a journey behind the scenes and into the world of space, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre presents a variety of concerts and performances of audiences of all ages.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Founded in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science was established to preserve, enhance and advance the general knowledge of natural science and to inspire visitors to take an interest in the subject. One of the most visited museums in the United States, the Museum offers a variety of projects, programs, and exhibitions across a range of topics, including astronomy and the science of space, paleontology, chemistry, energy, Native American culture, and gems and minerals, among others. The museum is home to the Burke Baker Planetarium, which presents a range of science and astronomy shows; the Cockrell Butterfly Center – a beautiful three-story glass building filled with tropical plants and butterflies; and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, which is a vast 394-seat theater that presents a variety of educational films and programs in 3D and 4K technology.

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030, Phone: 713-639-4629

Space Center Houston

Part of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc.’s extensive science education program, Space Center Houston is one of the USA’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming more than 800,000 visitors every year. The center was established in 1992 with the aim of educating, encouraging and inspiring young learners to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and engaging way. World-renowned for being the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, Space Center Houston takes visitors on a journey behind the scenes and into the world of space. Using space exploration to inspire wonder and interest in science and math, the center presents over 400 temporary and permanent exhibits, artifacts and items from space, and other various attractions related America’s human spaceflight program.

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058, Phone: 281-244-2100

The Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston offers a range of diverse exhibits, workshops, and programs for children with the aim of inspiring, encouraging and engaging them in a unique and exciting learning environment. Established to transform the lives of children and the communities in which they live through innovative, child-centered learning, the Museum features excellent displays and presentations for children of all ages. ‘Explore Yalálag’ is an interactive new display set in against the backdrop of an Oaxacan mountain village in Mexico where children can experience the day-to-day life of people who live in the community; the ‘Building Zone’ is a hands-on exhibit where children can learn the basics of physics and engineering; ‘Eco-Station’ is an indoor/outdoor display that explores environmental issues and ecological studies; and ‘Flow Works’ delves into the wonders of water and the fascinating concept of hydropower.

1500 Binz, Houston, Texas, 77004, Phone: 713-522-1138

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)

One of the largest museums in the country, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is located in the heart of Houston's Museum District and boasts a collection of more than 64,000 works from six continents. Spanning more than 6,000 years of history, the main collection is housed in two main galleries, namely the Audrey Jones Beck Building and the Caroline Weiss Law Building, which are connected by the underground Wilson tunnel. The museum is also home to the Cullen Sculpture Garden, an urban oasis designed by Isamu Noguchi and features modern and contemporary sculptures by famous artists such as Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Ellsworth Kelly. The Rienzi House museum features an exquisite collection of European artworks, décor, and gardens while the Glassell School of Art offers studio art classes and educational workshops for adults.

1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas, 77005, Phone: 713-639-7300

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park that is home to over 6,000 animals across 900 species. Located in Hermann Park in the heart of Houston, the zoo sees over two million visitors every year, who come to discover the myriad species of mammals, birds, and reptiles, as well as take part in the many educational programs, workshops, and events held at the Zoo. Aiming to provide a unique and fun-filled experience that fosters appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world, permanent exhibits include ‘African Forest’, complete with an authentic African village and some of the continent’s most bizarre animals, such as giraffe, zebra and ostriches; ‘Carnivores’, where you can come face to face with some of the world’s greatest hunters like lion, leopard, and jaguar; and the Wortham World of Primates – home to lemurs, mandrills, howler monkeys, and tamarins.

The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030, Phone: 713-533-6500

Downtown Aquarium

Made up of two redeveloped downtown Houston landmarks - Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building, the Downtown Aquarium is a spectacular six-acre entertainment and dining complex that houses a 500,000-gallon aquarium with more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the world. In addition to a fantastic variety of aquatic and geographic exhibits and displays related to the marine environment, the complex also features a full-service restaurant and stylish bar, a fully equipped ballroom for special events, shopping and a variety of other attractions and entertainment.

410 Bagby St @ Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77002, Phone: 713-223-FISH-3474

Express Children’s Theatre

The Express Children’s Theatre presents high-quality, innovative productions and performance for children and their families that celebrate Houston’s diverse culture. Founded in 1991, the Express Children’s Theatre is Houston's oldest and largest performing and arts education organization and aims to honor the curiosity and complexity of young minds through a calendar of professional, culturally diverse productions. Hosting more than 300 performances in venues all over Southeast Texas, the Express Children's Theatre offers a wonderful array of innovative programs that reflect the rich cultural diversity of Houston, including weekly performances at its 90-seat theatre in Northwest Mall.

4800 W 34th St C3, Houston, TX 77092, Phone: 713-682-5044

Fat Cat Creamery

Fat Cat Creamery is a small, locavore ice cream parlor that makes and serves unique, small-batch ice cream, creative frozen treats, traditional sodas, and other sweet treats, all made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. The ice cream is made with whole milk and heavy cream sourced from Texas dairy farmers Mill-King Creamery in McGregor, eggs from Ole Dad Farms, and fresh fruit from The Barry Farm. Fat Cat Creamery supports sustainability and has single-serve packages made from compostable leftover wheat straw and environmentally-friendly spoons. Fat Cat Creamery sells five flavors, including Cat’s Meow Mexican Vanilla, Milk Chocolate Stout, Waterloo Strawberry Buttermilk, Amaya Coffee & Cream, and dairy-free Chai Tea Coconut.

1901 N Shepherd Dr #3, Houston, TX 77008, Phone: 713-869-1080

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Located in the heart of the city, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a green oasis of fauna and flora for the public to enjoy. The center features a range of fun-filled activities to enjoy, from the Discovery Room, where you can learn more about Houston’s urban wildlife and natural habitats, the Wildlife Garden, which is home to birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife, and a Nature Shop, which sells all things nature-related. The center offers a broad range of educational programs for families, adults, and children such as ‘Nature and Wildlife,’ ‘Food and Nature,’ and ‘Hands on Nature.’ Hour-long guided tours for adults are held Tuesday through Saturday, and the center hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.

4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024-7708, Phone: 713-681-8433

Astros Baseball

The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team and a member club of the American League (AL) West division. Established as the Houston Colt .45s, the Astros entered the National League in 1962 along with the New York Mets. The team was later renamed after Houston's role as the control center of the American-crewed space program when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium. Today, the team is based at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, which located at Union Station in downtown Houston. Built to showcase Houston's historical relationship with the railroads, the famous stadium features a full-sized, vintage locomotive that runs along a track on the left-field wall. Visitors can enjoy daily guided tours of the stadium which include exploring the historic Union Station and the heritage of the railroad, the broadcasting booth and the press box, and the luxury suite with some of the best views in the house. Tours also take visitors down to the field to see the dugout, bullpen, and the manual scoreboard and take between one and one-and-a-half hours.

Union Station at Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford, Suite 400, Houston, TX 77002

Battleship Texas State Historic Site

The Battleship Texas State Historic Site is home to the Navy’s USS Texas, also known fondly as Battleship Texas, the last remaining battleship that fought in both World War I and World War II. Named in honor of the U.S. state of Texas, USS Texas (BB-35) is a New York-class battleship and was launched in 1912 with the latest in cutting-edge technology at the time, including being the first U.S. battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns. After contributing honorably in both World Wars, Battleship Texas was decom¬missioned in 1948 and became a memorial ship. Today, the boat is a floating museum and both a both a National Historic Landmark and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark and stands as a memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the servicemen who fought in both world wars.

3523 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571, Phone: 281-479-2431

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Located at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is the home to the museum’s collection of American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former house of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, which is situated on 14 acres of beautifully manicured gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, the collection is made up of a range of paintings and decorative arts, including ceramics and silver. Bayou Bend is also home to the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, which includes the Kitty King Powell Library and a retail store, where visitors can purchase copies of their favorite paintings and other decorative arts.

6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street, Houston, Texas 77007, Phone: 713-639-7750

San Jacinto Museum of History

Located at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of the state of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. The museum features a fascinating array of exhibits that uncover the origins of the Lone Star State and how a short, but the decisive 18-minute battle for independence empowered a young nation and changed the course of history. Unique treasures in the museum include artifacts and artworks from the Spanish conquest and colonial life, the Mexican Revolution and the colonization of Mexican Texas, including books, bayonets, sketches, and swords. The museum is in the base of the 567.31-foot-high San Jacinto Monument which is topped with a 220-ton star to commemorate the site of the Battle of San Jacinto.

1 Monument Cir, La Porte, TX 77571, Phone: 832-393-1313

Johnson Space Center

Head into space at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and experience how human spaceflight is possible. Named in honor of the late President, and Texas native, Lyndon B. Johnson, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Manned Spacecraft Center is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and where all the training, research and flight control occurs for human-crewed space flights. Set on a 1,620-acre site in the Clear Lake Area of Houston, the vast complex consists of 100 buildings and is nicknamed ‘Space City’ and is one of a few places where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. Visitors can also see a replica of a shuttle mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 and standing eight stories tall in the international landmark Independence Plaza, as well as a variety of exhibits, attractions, and hands-on activities in the 250,000-square-foot educational entertainment complex.

2101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058, Phone: 281-483-0123

Contemporary Arts Museum

The Contemporary Arts Museum is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting contemporary art to the public. Founded in 1948, the museum is housed in an architecturally significant stainless-steel building in the heart of the Houston Museum District, which was designed by award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts. The Museum presents an array of exhibits featuring international, national and regional art spanning the last 40 years, as well as offers a range of educational programs, workshops, seminars and more for audiences of all ages. The Museum Shop at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston sells a diverse selection of art-related books, exhibition catalogs, and periodicals, as well as a wide array of unusual gifts, artist and designer-made jewelry and educational games and toys.

5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-284-8250

Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a vibrant 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston that offers the public a beautiful outdoor space in which to relax and enjoy various outdoor activities. Opened in 2008 by the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy, the park presents a variety of dynamic programs, workshops, and events throughout the year that is free to the public. Situated on the north side of the lake is Kinder Lake, where people can enjoy kayaking and stand up paddling lessons, remote controlled boating and ice-skating in winter. The park is also home to a whimsical playground for young children, the Fondren Performance Space and Anheuser-Busch stage for live music and shows, a putting green, shuffleboard and boules court, and a jogging trail for fitness fundis.

1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010

Little Matt's

Little Matt’s on Edloe in West University is a family-friendly restaurant designed for kids with a bank of arcade consoles, a wall mounted with iPads, and a front-counter candy shop. The buzzy restaurant has a large main dining room with big tables and a lovely outdoor shaded patio with red wooden picnic tables for alfresco-style dining and serves a menu of all-American favorites such as burger and fries, hot dogs, Tex-Mex, fresh salads, and more, along with a special kid’s menu of smaller portions. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meal, while sodas, fruit juices, and milkshakes are on the children’s drinks menu. Little Matt’s is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

6203 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005, Phone: 713-592-6200

Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is an outdoor performing arts center based in Hermann Park. The theater plays host to a wide variety of professional entertainment and free shows in the summer months between March and November, ranging from classical music and ballet to films and theater. Guests can enjoy a picnic on the amphitheater-style hillside before performances or sit in a comfortable covered seating area during the show. As part of its free seasonal productions, the Miller Outdoor Theatre offers a variety of daytime children’s programs, which are scheduled during the week and on weekends. Performances include well-known favorites such as ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ and ‘Arabian Nights,’ and new productions such as ‘Mesoamerica de Mexico,’ ‘Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance ‘and ‘Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.’

6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030, Phone: 832-487-7102

Nature Discovery Center

The Nature Discovery Center is located within the four-acre Russ Pitman Park which is home to a diverse array of fauna and flora from around the world. Established to inspire curiosity and engage interest in the environment, the Nature Discovery Center offers hands-on and interactive nature and science education programs for all ages with the aim of connecting to nature. Fun activities and attractions for children at the center include science and nature classes, self-guided walks through the park, discovery rooms with exhibits and displays of plants and animals, day camps for all ages, science and nature field trip programming and birthday party rentals and programs. Adults can enjoy birdwatching, lectures, self-guided walks through the park, and exploring live animals exhibits.

7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire, TX 77401, Phone: 713-667-6550

Sam Houston Park

Sam Houston Park is an urban park located in downtown Houston that offers a green oasis amid modern skyscrapers and freeways. The park was established by former Mayor Sam Brashier in 1900; the park is dedicated to the rich culture of Houston's storied past with a group of buildings in the park that are representative of many eras, ranging from a revolution cabin from the pre-Texas era to an elegant mansion dating back to 1905. The beautifully restored and preserved buildings document the life and times of different periods from poor slaves to prosperous merchant families, and visitors can take guided tours of the buildings with the Heritage Society.

1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, Phone: 832-394-8805

The Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre theme park in Kemah built all the way along the coastline of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. Considered to be one of the best boardwalks in the country, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to an array of theme rides and attractions, a boutique hotel, several restaurants and bars, multiple shops, a 400-slip marina, and a charter yacht. The most popular ride on the boardwalk is the Boardwalk Bullet, a 96-foot-tall, 3,236-foot-long high-speed wooden roller coaster built on a one-acre footprint, and restaurants at the attraction include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Landry’s Seafood, Saltgrass Steak House, and the Cadillac Bar, among others.

Kemah, Texas 77058

Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown

Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown is a vast, 40-acre water park that boasts more than two million gallons of summer fun. Houston’s largest and most diverse water park, Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown features an array of water-based rides and slides, including a thrilling five-story tall with six bright blue and orange slides; the twisting and turning Stingray; the mega-thrill white-water raft ride known as the Big Kahuna, which has alternating tunnels and plenty of twists and turns; and the 75-foot high Tornado with its 132-foot long tube and giant open-ended funnel. Other rides include FlowRider, Brain Drain, Thunder Run, Big Spin, Zoom Flumes, Wild Wave Pool, Shotgun Falls, and the Blue Lagoon Activity Pool, among others.

21300 I-45 North Spring, Spring, TX 77373, Phone: 281-355-3300

Wier Park

Wier Park is a family-friendly park with a variety of play structures for children of all ages, two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, and shaded picnic tables. The park grounds are made of astroturf, which is perfect for toddlers who are at the crawling and pulling up stage to practice and play, and there are other designated areas for young children and older kids. Structures have spiral staircases, unusual ladder chains, rock climbing walls, little flower-like spinners for little ones, a small round boulder to climb and a little ‘window’ to play shop.

3012 Nottingham Street, West University Place, TX 77005, Phone: 713-662-7420