15 Best Day Trips In Houston

Space Center Houston (30 minutes)


It’s astonishing how many people live in Houston but never been inside the Space Center! It is brilliant and should be your first choice for a day’s outing, especially with the kids. The Space Center is a fun, interactive and fantastic museum that is designed to bring space travel closer to you, the public. Kids will love it as it was designed with kids at heart, with a lot of help from the Disney Engineering team. You’ll get a good idea of what it’s like to spend time in Space and may just come home determined to study science and become an astronaut. The outdoor tram tour is brilliant, going around the Saturn V rocket, and let’s face it, how many times have you seen a real rocket! You can meet astronauts, see the NASA mission control facilities and be inspired and amazed. There is a brilliant summer exhibit that has just started – Future You. $29.95 per adult, $24.95 for kids, free under 4. Please check the website as there are many different packages you can buy.

Galveston Island (one hour)


If you have the day off and the sun is shining you have no choice really but to head to the beach! Galveston Island is fabulous and just an hour from downtown Houston. Make your way to the Seawall Boulevard which is where you can stroll along the boardwalk with a wild ocean on one side and hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities on the other. You’ll find beaches and beach parks easily and can choose where you want to lay down your towels and dip your feet in the ocean. You can hire paddle boats, canoes, surfboards and floats if you want to, and there’s fishing for those who can’t resist it. When you’ve had enough of the sand between your toes choose a restaurant along the boardwalk then go see the Tall Ship of 1877, take a pic of Moody Mansion or Bishop’s Palace then head off home. Don’t forget to shake the sand off your towel and visit the historic Pleasure Pier Park, an amazing amusement park.

Kemah (40 minutes)


The fun never stops at Kemah! It’s close to Houston, is located along the Galveston Bay, has a fabulous and long boardwalk right on the bay and tons of entertainment. For the kids, there are the arcade games and amusement park rides, and for the adults (and kids) there are tons of bayside restaurants, shops, galleries, outdoor markets, ice-cream parlors, and waffles galore. There are also a couple of lovely upmarket boutiques. The Visitor’s Center will give you all the information on any tours you may want to do which can include boat tours and horse and carriage rides.  There’s even a spooky ghost excursion to the rumored to be haunted lighthouse district. Don’t forget to check out the seaside shows for the kids.

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