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10 Ideas for Family Fun This Summer

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Summer is a great time for family fun. You don’t have to go far to have a great time however. As you begin to make your vacation plans for the summer, be sure to check out this list we’ve compiled of great things to do right here in the Houston area.

Houston Zoo
1513 N Macgregor Dr, Houston, TX‎
Website: www.houstonzoo.org

A whole “wild” world of adventure awaits you. The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.

With Over 4,500 permanent wildlife residents 55 acres of lush zoological gardens and special exhibits a visit to the Houston Zoo is truly like traveling the far corners of the world—without leaving home!

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
2026 Lockheed Dr,  Galveston,  TX   77554
Website: www.schlitterbahn.com

Make the short drive to Galveston and visit Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. The park is a family-owned, family-friendly attraction featuring daring speeds slides, endless rivers, uphill water coasters, waves for surfing, splashing and relaxing, plus kid-friendly water playgrounds.

Downtown Aquarium
4100 Bagby Street, Houston TX
Website: www.aquariumrestaurants.com

Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast, enjoy wild encounters, step inside the sunken hell of a 17th century Spanish galleon in our Shipwreck. Be amazed at the living coral reefs, explore the lush environment of the worlds tropical rainforests and the life inside the rivers.

Come see our incredible white tigers lounge and play in the ruins of the ancient Maharaja’s Temple and learn about our conservation efforts.

Once you enjoy your expedition through the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, you can take a thrilling ride on the CP Huntington train for a journey through Shark Voyage. The blacktips, whitetips, sandtigers, and sawfish in this 200,000-gallon underwater world will cure your curiosity about these incredible creatures.

Keemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX
Website: www.kemahboardwalk.com

The Kemah Boardwalk, located just southwest of Houston, is an exciting entertainment district that combines restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and a famous boardwalk style midway. Enjoy amusements such as the Carousel, a Ferris Wheel and the legendary Boardwalk Beast high-speed adventure cruise or a meal at one of the Boardwalk’s signature restaurants. This is an incredible experience for the entire family!

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz Houston, TX
Website: www.cmhouston.org

Rated a 5-star nationwide children’s museum by Citysearch.com and the only one in Texas to receive such accolade, the Children’s Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. The Children¹s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience.
Houston Astros
Union Station at Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford, Houston, TX
Website:  houston.astros.mlb.com

A jewel in the crown of the majestic downtown Houston skyline, Minute Maid Park has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city.
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Website: www.moodygardens.com

Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Delve into the oceans depths at the Aquarium Pyramid® to see penguins, sharks and thousands of tropical fish. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or experience the action of the IMAX® 3D, 4D or Ridefilm theaters. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and blue lagoons at Palm Beach. And, whether it¹s a weekend retreat or an extended stay, the spectacular Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center has the accommodations and service for an ideal getaway.

Space Center Houston
1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX
Website: www.spacecenter.org

Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space — from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.

Space Center Houston’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.

At Space Center Houston, guests can understand the past, experience the present, and be a part of the future of the space Program.
Museum District
Houston, TX
Website: www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org

Dedicated to working collaboratively with 18 museums within a 1.5 mile radius of the Mecom Fountain to promote the Houston Museum District as a destination and maximize the use of artistic, scientific and educational resources of its institutions.

Battleship Texas
3523 Highway 134
LaPorte TX
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/battleship_texas/

Permanently anchored in the busy Houston Ship Channel, Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. The Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. The 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. Come and experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas.

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