Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. For families looking to stretch their vacation budget, Houston offers many money-saving perks. Check out Visit Houston for lots of great information on things to do. If you are not in the Houston area, you can click on your county website to find places and events, such as local libraries, parks and museums near you.
Most libraries offer story time and summer reading programs during the summer. Each library hosts a Summer Reading Program to encourage reading during the months of June and July. For instance, the summer reading programs at Wharton County Libraries end with a summer party complete with food, games, coupons and reading certificates! You can find information at your local public library for activities in your area.
You may want to take a day trip to explore Gardens & Nature Centers around Texas. Houston has many great options, including Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Just north of town, families can enjoy nature activities at the Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center and the Mercer Botanic Gardens in Humble. Check out their calendar of events.
A family favorite is Hermann Park with its train rides, pedal boats, botanical gardens, and more. Of course, you don’t want to miss the nearby Houston Zoo, Museum of Natural Science, and Health Museum. Miller Outdoor Theatre, also located at Hermann Park, offers daytime children’s programs and other free events, March through October.
Museums can be fun as well as teach. You can locate and get info on your local museums on this website. Kids of all ages love visiting the Children's Museum of Houston. In addition to its 14 hands-on exhibits, the Children’s Museum hosts special events such as its Sensory Friendly and Explore Abilities days so that all children have the chance to explore and enjoy the museum in their own way and time. Check out their Calendar for upcoming events.
Harris County Precinct 4 parks offer a range of things to do and enjoy, including canoe launches, picnic areas, playground equipment, sports fields, and nature trails. Matzke Park and Lindsay/Lyons Park and Sports Complex each have an all-inclusive barrier-free playground and accessible bathrooms. Precinct 4 parks are open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Check out the nonprofit organization Sailing Angels. They offer a unique opportunity to introduce the joy of sailing to your child. They encourage the whole family to participate. The children learn to work on the boat to the best of their abilities. It is well worth the trip to Kemah, about 35 miles south of Houston.
Be sure to visit the many National Historic Landmarks our state has to offer as well. Don’t forget to check the Navigate Life Texas Region 3 Greater Houston & Mid Gulf Coast Region for other events in your area.
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