Houston – Top 10 Family Must-Do's
There are countless things to do in Houston with kids. Four Seasons Hotel Houston is family-friendly and the perfect home base to begin your adventures. From sports games and museums to outdoor adventures and the famous Space Center Houston, the options are endless. Here's our list of the top 10 Houston attractions for kids.
1. Space Center Houston
One of the city's top attractions, Space Center Houston welcomes more than 18 million visitors annually to its educational entertainment complex and is an absolute must on anyone’s “things to do in Houston” list!
Learn more about Space Center Houston, home to the NASA Johnson Space Center. With awe-inspiring attractions galore, it offers an unforgettable adventure for families.
2. Discovery Green – Houston
There's so much to do and see at this 12-acre green space, located across the street from Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Hop aboard a kayak, sail a model boat or ice skate on Kinder Lake. Visit a playground that has been carved into a tree-shaded hill. Cool off at Gateway Fountain. Play mini golf. Take in live performances at the outdoor stage. And that's just the start! Enjoy family-friendly dining at The Lake House, which serves up delicious casual fare.
3. Topgolf Entertainment Complex
Topgolf offers fun for all ages. This full-service entertainment complex is complete with restaurants, bars, climate-controlled hitting bays, a rooftop terrace, a KidZone, pool tables, video games, giant Jenga, and so much more. Welcoming more than eight million visitors annually, Topgolf is flat-out family fun for all skill levels, at all times of year.
4. Galveston Island
Galveston Island is the ideal family day trip from Houston! Spend the day, stay a night or plan a family weekend getaway from Houston to enjoy all that this charming beach town has to offer. A popular resort destination, Galveston features endless things to do for all ages: a theme park with a roller coaster, rides and carnival games, as well as 32 miles of beaches, museums, shopping, restaurants galore, and outdoor adventures by land and sea (kayaking, diving, deep-sea fishing and golfing).
With annual events such as the country's third largest Mardi Gras celebration, the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival and holiday happenings such as Dickens on the Strand and the Festival of Lights, Galveston is a can't-miss Houston attraction for kids (...and their parents too!).
5. Houston Sports
Houston is an avid sports city, drawing fans from around the world. In addition to its high-profile professional teams, Houston also plays host to big-ticket sporting events, such as the 2016 NCAA Final Four and the annual Shell Houston Open, plus the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo What more could a sports fan ask for?
Learn more about Houston Sports, including team schedules and venues, such as the Toyota Center Houston, Minute Maid Park and NRG Stadium.
6. Gator Country Alligator Rescue Park & Adventure
Gator Country Alligator Rescue Park & Adventure is ideal for adventurous families. Learn about alligators, snakes and crocodiles and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Wade with gators, take thrilling Swamp Boat Tours, and for those brave enough, have your photo taken holding a gator!
- Gator Country Alligator Rescue Park & Adventure
- Swamp Boat Tours at Gator Country Alligator Park & Adventure
- Wade with Gators at Gator Country Alligator Rescue Park & Adventure
7. George Ranch Historical Park
Located on a 20,000-acre+ working ranch just 30 miles from bustling Houston, George Ranch features historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock. Offering hands-on experiences for all ages, George Ranch gives your family a sense of appreciation for the world they live in today—and for what life was like 100 years ago!
- George Ranch Historical Park
- About George Ranch Historical Park
- George Ranch Historical Park Events Calendar
8. Houston Museum District
The Houston Museum District boasts 19 museums and a 50-acre zoological park, all just moments away from Four Seasons Hotel Houston—and walkable, no less! Visit the world-famous Houston Zoo, catch a free show at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, see the dinosaurs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or spend the day at the Houston Children’s Museum, which offers an array of awe-inspiring interactive exhibits. The Houston Museum District is a must-see on any family's Houston agenda!
- The Houston Museum District
- Children's Museum of Houston
- The Houston Zoo
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Hermann Park Houston
- Map of Hermann Park Houston
9. The San Jacinto Monument
The world's tallest war memorial, the San Jacinto Monument stands fifteen feet taller than the Washington Monument! Dedicated to the brave men who served under General Sam Houston in 1836 in the fight for Texas independence, the Monument brings history to life for children. Walk the deck of a real-life battleship, hike, bike, and sightsee with wildlife galore, including alligators, coyotes, falcons and more. Let our Four Seasons Hotel Houston culinary team pack a picnic for your family so you can spend the day!
10. Battleship Texas
Floating in the nearby Houston Ship Channel, Battleship Texas is the last of the battleships to participate in World Wars I and II. The Texas also had the honor of becoming the first battleship memorial when it was decommissioned in 1948. Walk the decks—and imagine life as a sailor!