What to Do in Houston with Kids

March 4, 2014

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I must admit, I was a bit surprised. I’d never thought of Houston as a place for a family getaway. My first visit changed my opinion of the largest city in Texas due to the variety of attractions and activities to please every member of the family. Here are some of the best things to do for a long weekend in the city.

Here are some of the best things to do for a long weekend in the city.

Kemah Boardwalk

This waterfront entertainment has a lot to offer.  Elementary and younger teenagers will love the midway games, amusement rides from the tame train to more thrilling Bullet roller coaster and 140-foot Drop Zone, as well as the interactive Stingray Reef.  The boardwalk runs along the waterfront where you’ll find a variety of dining venues, retail shops, lounges, and live entertainment.  Strategically located in the center of the boardwalk is an elegant boutique inn with private balconies overlooking Galveston Bay channel.

Houston Zoo

Encompassing 55 acres containing over 6,000 animals from around the world, the Houston Zoo will delight children of all ages.  Exhibits include the African Forest, Carnivores, and a Sea Lion show.  Coming in 2014: Shanti, a 23-year-old Asian elephant is set to give birth in January and a new Insectarium is under construction and scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.

Theatre District

Bayou Place Houston

Bayou Place

The theater district is an excellent central location.  Within walking distance, you’ll find hotels for every budget.  Bayou Place, located in the heart of the theater district is a 130,000-square-foot entertainment complex with theaters, bars, and restaurants including the headliner Hard Rock Café.

Space Center Houston

This is the official visitors’ center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  There’s a lot to experience here, so it’s wise to check out the tours and exhibits ahead of time to plan what’s best for your family.  Some highlights are Mission Control, historic space artifacts, a real moon rock, Launch to Mars in the Blast-Off Theater, astronaut training, and rockets.  Tram tours are recommended.

What to do in Houston with kids? Read the rest in Houston’s family friendly attractions in The Momiverse.

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1 comment

  1. Comment by Diver S

    Diver S Reply December 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for covering this very cool city! Everyone should check out Houston….not just a layover city anymore!

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