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  • April 28, 2024
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Top 7 things to do for fun in Houston Texas  

Home to a population of over 6 million people and a constant rise, Houston, Texas is brimming with local attractions ready to help you have a fun time. It serves as home to many tourist attractions to help you enjoy your time there. The city is a vibrant one with a perfect blend of historical and modern attractions. With an array of exciting cuisines and stellar museums to explore, these are 7 things you certainly want to see and experience when visiting Houston, Texas.  

THE HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT 

Houston Museum District 

Just as the name suggests, the Houston Museum district houses an impressive number of museums and cultural sites. The district houses places such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Museum of Fine Art, which serve as a massive attraction for both science and art lovers. With an impressive body of work, there is a lot to marvel at when visiting the Museum District. It is easy to spend a whole day and get lost when exploring the wide array of exhibition shows put up for display. Entry into the district is free. 

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 

Houston is definitely a treat that keeps on giving when it comes to specialised museums. The children’s museum is a space well curated to cater to kids which makes it a perfect space for families to hangout and have fun while spending some quality family time together. The children’s museum in Houston is a must-see stop for families with children who wish to enjoy a day of fun. From the toddler dress-up area for babies up to 2 years old to exhibits such as the EcoStation and the Invention Convention for older kids, the museum provides both indoor and outdoor attractions to keep children well engaged. 

Children's Museum

The Museum is open every day of the week except Mondays. Admission price is set at $17 with free admission for children under the age of 1 and discount available for Senior citizens and military persons. 

GERALD D. HINES WATERWAL L PARK 

Located in Houston’s Uptown neighborhood, the Hines Waterwall Park is the best place to visit on one of the hotter days in Houston. The area provides some cool as visitors may soak in some of the water spray from the fountain. The Waterwall, which boasts of a whopping 11,000 gallons cascading down a beautiful 64 feet tall wall covered in lights, serves as a perfect backdrop to take magical pictures. It is a simple spot of 2 acres lined with large Oak trees to be enjoyed either or on a solo date or on a romantic walk with that special someone. 

GERALD D. HINES WATERWAL L PARK

The park is open every day of the week from 8am – 9pm and offers free admission. 

THE HOUSTON ZOO 

Housing over 6,000 animals, the Houston Zoo is the one of the largest zoos in the United States. It is the second most visited zoo in the United States of America as it exhibits a wide range of exotic animals not commonly found in the States. The Zoo hosts various events and has daily schedules stating the times for various exhibitions. It is a fun and exciting place to visit as a family as they have many attractions to be enjoyed by both adults and children of all ages. Some of the exhibitions include an Elephant bath, Giraffe feeding, rainforest exhibits, and the One Ocean Aquarium which is a 290,000-gallon aquarium housing an enormous array of sea animals. 

Houston Zoo

The museum opens at 9am and closes at 6pm, last entry for the day closes at 5pm. Ticket prices range from $37 to $45 depending on the day of the week, however, the Zoo offers tickets for free admission one Tuesday of every month, 20% discount for children ages 3-12, 20% discounts for seniors 65 and older and many more. 

DISCOVERY GREEN 

Discovery Green is a large park of approximately 12 acres situate in the downtown area of Houston. Its design is engaging and built to serve people of all ages, whether tourists or local. The park has a variety of food options located within the park such as the Grove and The Lake House which give experiences at both ends of the dining spectrum. With an all-glass exterior, the Grove provides an elegant dining space while the Lake House attracts people with its laid back, self-serve concept. 

Discovery Green

Discovery Green has a ton of attractions like the Andrea and Bill White Promenade, a walkway that offers a 360-degree view of the Houston Skyline. It also has the Kinder Lake which features water gardens and a model boat area. The park has an art exhibition area where it displays new art works by artists Margo Sawyer and Doug Hollis. It is a relaxing space to take a walk, sight-see or just lay down and connect with the allure of nature at its finest. 

POST HTX 

A hub for events, food, culture and recreation, the Post HTX is a multiuse complex located in downtown Houston bursting at its seams with activities and excitement. The Post HTX building, which was formerly a Post Office was rather modern in style at the time it opened and many of its design elements have been preserved to create an eccentric space that shows a perfect fusion of contradictory old modern. 

Post HTX

The Post HTX offers a variety of activities from scheduled events and exquisite eateries to unique shops. It also hosts cultural or artistic exhibitions which are on all year round. The building houses a music hall, a 5,000-seat concert event venue, a 5-acre rooftop park amongst many other attractions. It is a ball of colors and energy good for a nice nighttime outing. Admission into the Post HTX is free. 

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FUNERAL HISTORY 

Eager for a quick trip to the past, strap on your seat belts and pay a visit to the National Museum of Funeral History. The Museum provides an educational experience like no other with a large collection of authentic, historic funeral service items and antiques. The Museum provides featured exhibitions such as, the Most Famous Burial of All Time: The Shroud of Turin, Jazz Funerals of New Orleans, a Memoir for War Heroes, the History of Cremation, a George H.W Bush Memorial Exhibit amongst many others. 

National Museum of Funeral History

The Museum allows for scheduled guided Tours which will be nice for a large tourist group or a school history class excursion, it has a unique gift shop carrying antiquities and also has event spaces available able to accommodate up to 300 guests. It is open everyday of the week and adult tickets are priced at $15 dollars with discounts available for certain groups of people and free admission for children under the age of 5. 

CONCLUSION 

With an array of attractions and activities, Houston offers exciting opportunities for solo and group exploration. Whatever your interests may be, art, history, science, etc., the Space City has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. Whether for a solo trip or a family vacation, Houston is definitely one of the places to visit.  Plan a trip down to Houston, Texas and join the excitement the city has to offer.

 

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