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Fun for the whole family!

Fun for the whole family! 50+ Activities to Keep Your Family Entertained All Summer Long

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

2109 Lockheed Rd
Galveston, TX 77554
www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston

With slides, a lazy river, a giant teetering bucket of water and several more attractions, this water park is full of fun for the whole family. 

 

NASA Space Center Houston

1601 E NASA Pkwy
Houston, TX 77058
www.spacecenter.org 

Attractions include a tram tour, a Space Center Theater, Blast-Off Theater, The Feel of Space, Astronaut Gallery, Starship Gallery, and a Kids Space Place.

 

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
www.houstonzoo.org

Enjoy the 4,500 animals that live at the Houston Zoo that represent more than 800 species. Check out their website for fun summer activities such as camps and night time visits.

 

Downtown Aquarium Houston

410 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002
www.aquariumrestaurants.com/dowtownaquariumhouston

A Ferris Wheel, Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, a carousel ride, lighthouse dive and a train ride. There are games and a water play area.

 

Moody Gardens

1 Hope Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554
www.moodygardens.com

Moody Gardens features a 10 story Rainforest Pyramid offers a tropical environment, it has the largest bat exhibit in the Southwest. Palm beach has a white sand beach and a blue lagoon that’s lots of fun for the kids.

 

Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden

900 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
www.mfah.org/visit/cullen-sculpture-garden

This free sculpture garden is located right outside the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. 

 

Wet n’ Wild Splashtown

21300 Interstate 45 N
Spring, TX 77373
wetnwildsplashtown.com

With several slides, a lazy river and wave pool there is fun for the whole family.

 

USS Battleship Texas (BB-35)

3523 Independence Pkwy
La Porte, TX 77571
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/battleship-texas 

Step back in time to when Battleship Texas was the crown jewel of the US Navy Fleet. This ship battled in both World Wars and you can take a tour through its impressive history.

 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

183 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77024
www.houstonaboretum.org

This free admission nature center has 5 miles of walking trails, an interpretive center that includes a Discovery room with hands-on activities and exhibits, a Nature Gift Shop, a Reference Library, and classrooms. 

 

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77010
www.discoverygreen.com

Discovery Green offers an abundance of events and activities for the whole family all summer long.

 

Crocodile Encounter Nature Center

23231 County Rd 48
Angleton, TX 77515
www.crocodileencounter.com 

 

Minute Maid Park Tours

501 Crawford St
Houston, TX 77002
www.houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark

Go behind the scenes of Houston’s favorite baseball team. Visit the Gift Shop and tour through the facility and lots more! The tour is about an hour and call the Tour Line at (713)-259-TOUR to confirm tour times and availability.

 

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338
www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer 

An oasis of natural beauty along Cypress Creek. This living museum houses a large collection of native and cultivated plants and an abundance of animals. Enjoy a playground, a canoe launch, gardens, picnic area, tea room, a trail and visitor center.

 

Lone Star Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Ave
Houston, TX 77034
www.lonestarflight.org

This museum houses over 40 historically-significant aircrafts and 1,500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology over the years.

 

Artist Boat

2627 Avenue O
Galveston, TX 77550
www.artistboat.org

Experience nature in a new, creative way – on a guided kayak adventure! 

 

Splashway Waterpark & Campground

5211 Main St
Sheridan, TX 77475
www.splashwaywaterpark.com

This water park offers slides and fun for the whole family.

 

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave
Kemah, TX 77565
www.kemahboardwalk.com 

The boardwalk has several rides and restaurants to choose from. With concerts playing every Thursday night during the summer, a Ferris Wheel, a train and water fountain it’s a fun way for the family to spend a day.

 

Galveston Island Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
www.pleasurepier.com

This pier offers fun roller coasters and other rides for all ages. Located right off the seawall in Galveston, they have plenty to enjoy for the whole family.

 

Angleton Recreation Center

1601 N Valderas St
Angleton, TX 77515
www.angleton.tx.us/157/Angleton-Recreation-Center 

The natatorium includes a zero depth entry, an interactive play structure with water blasters, mini slides, water curtain, lazy river and giant tipping bucket of water. Swimmers can also enjoy a 26-foot slide which winds into a 4-foot pool.

 

MainEvent

Five Locations
www.mainevent.com

Eat. Bowl. Play.With state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, over 100 games topped with handcrafted food and a full bar under one roof, Main Event is THE destination for FUN. 

 

Houston for Contemporary Crafts

4848 S Main St
Houston, TX 77002
www.crafthouston.org

 

Indoor Rock Climbing at Texas Rock Gym

1526 Campbell Rd
Houston, TX 77055
www.texasrockgym.com

This gym has over 14,000 square feet of climbing walls, which includes 50 top-rope stations, 12 lead climbing anchors, and a huge bouldering cave. This is for ages 10+.

 

Bayou Wildlife Zoo

5050 FM517
Alvin, TX 77511
www.bayouwildlifezoo.com

This park includes a tram ride with experienced wildlife guides that will lead through 80 acres of natural wildlife. See and feed birds from all over the world, ride ponies and enjoy a petting zoo.

 

Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center

7112 Newcastle St
Bellaire, TX 77401
naturediscoverycenter.org

Hands-on Discovery rooms are in the Historic Henshaw House.

 

Boat Tours on Buffalo Bayou

Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street, between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive
www.buffalobayou.org/boat-tours

On the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a 30 minute bayou tour with the family. 

 

Oil Ranch

23501 Macedonia Rd
Hockley, TX 77447
www.oilranch.com

Attractions include pony rides, a petting zoo, milk a cow, train and hay rides, swimming, Indian villages, fishing and mini golf.

 

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Research Center in Galveston

4700 Avenue U
Galveston, Texas 77551
http://www.galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtles

Must call for tour appointments. It’s located on the Historic Fort Crockett on Galveston Island.

 

Miller Outdoor Theater

6000 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
www.milleroutdoortheater.com

Tons of free family events offered all summer.

 

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

3523 Independence Pkwy
La Porte, TX 77571
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/san-jacinto-battleground 

Explore the historic battleground that is a significant part of Texas history. This battle marked the beginning of Texas independence.

 

Ice at The Galleria

5015 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057
www.iceatthegalleria.com

Cool off inside this summer and have fun ice skating! Public skating available daily starting at $10+. 

 

Showboat Drive-in

22422 Farm to Market 2920 Hockley, TX 77447
www.theshowboatdrivein.com

Offers double features Wednesday through Sunday, and there is a playground in front of the screen for children to play.

 

Noah’s Ark Pool & Waterpark at Quillian Recreation Center

10570 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77042
www.quilliancenter.org/index.php/events/swimming-pools 

Includes two swimming pools, a basketball court, a picnic area, ball fields, a gymnasium, an indoor climbing wall, and so much more.

 

Washington on the Brazos State Park

21901 FM 762 Rd
Needville, TX 77461
www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/washington-on-the-brazos 

The 293 acre state-historic park has plenty of educational activities to offer.

 

Monkey Joe’s

Three Locations
Houston, TX
www.monkeyjoes.com

Inflatable play center with tons of fun for kids 12 and under. The play area of wall-to-wall jumping, sliding, and bouncing fun features inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses, guaranteed to keep your kids active, happy, and healthy.

 

Sea Center Texas

302 Medical Dr
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
www.tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

This is a state-of-the-art fish hatchery and aquarium located on 75 acres in Lake Jackson.

 

George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park

21901 FM 762 Rd
Damon, TX 77430
www.hmns.org/george-observatory

Home to the three domed telescopes and one of the largest telescopes in the nation is open to the public for viewing.

 

Splashway Waterpark & Campground

5211 Main Street
Sheridan, TX 77475
www.splashwaywaterpark.com

Stay & Play or go for the day! Enjoy the lazy river, speed racers, wave pools and you can stay the night and camp, fish and more! 

 

Hong Kong City Mall

11205 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
www.hkcitymall.com

This supermarket located in Chinatown, downtown Houston is the biggest indoor mall in southeast US. It is a center of the Houston Asian community with over two dozen restaurants and dozens of offices and shops.

 

Lake Somerville

10 miles NW of Brenham, TX
www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville 

Lake Somerville offers 11,460 acres of lake for fishing, boating, water skiing, sail boating, wind-surfing, jet-skiing and swimming. The shoreline offers space for picnics, camping, hunting & sightseeing.

 

Big River Water Park and Gator Bayou Adventure Park

23101 Hwy 242
New Caney, TX 77357
www.bigriverswaterpark.com

Enjoy Houston area’s newest water and adventure parks with slides, lazy rivers, zip lines, nature center, great food & more.

 

Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm

19531 Moorhead Rd
Conroe, TX 77302
www.moorheadsblueberryfarm.com

Berry picking from June to July. 

 

King’s Orchard in Plantersville

11282 CR 302
Plantersville, TX 77363
www.manta.com/c/mvtft89/the-king-s-orchard 

Pick Blackberries from May to mid-July, Blueberries from June to July, and Figs from July to September.

 

Tank’s Paintball

22011 SW Freeway
Richmond, TX 77469
www.tankspaintball.com

Everyone from 7-80 will enjoy a day of fun & adventure! Grab your team and capture the flag, hide & seek or whatever scenario you create and get that adrenaline flowing!

 

Japanese Garden in Hermann Park

6000 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
www.hermannpark.org/poi/24

This garden offers a chance to experience diversity with its Daimyo style, a tea garden, a kaiyushiki stroll garden, and a scroll garden. It is located only a few minutes from downtown Houston. 

 

Wake Nation

4411 County Rd 418
Rosharon, TX 77583
www.wakenationhouston.com

Full size cable wake park also offers paintball. Rides start at $30 and paintball starts at $20.

 

Parasail in Galveston

1021 61st Street Suite 150
Galveston, TX 77551

www.galvestonparasail.com

Fly 400 ft over the Galveston water for only $90, your friends and family can ride along to watch for $45.

 

Bolivar Ferry

Texas 87
Port Bolivar, TX 77650
www.galveston.com/galvestonferry/

Be sure to check the website for times, but enjoy the ferry to Port Aransas.

 

iFly

9540 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77055
www.iflyworld.com

Experience the adrenaline rush of flying in Houston or in The Woodlands. 

 

D-BAT

4310 Brittmoore Rd
Houston, TX 77041
www.dbatwesthouston.com

This state-of-the-art, 17,000 sq. foot facility includes Brand New Turf and Lighting. Enjoy their
awesome batting cages 7 days a week.

 

Texas State Railroad

789 Park Rd
Palestine, TX 75801
www.texasstaterailroad.net 

Enjoy their 4 hour leisurely train ride journeying through the relaxing Piney Woods. The ride includes a meal, adult beverage services, and a trip back in time. 

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  1. Thank you so much for the valuable information. I am new to Texas and as a librarian the information is invaluable.
    The Smiths in Katy

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