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Things to Do With Kids in Houston

As one of the largest cities in the United States, there's no shortage of activities for children and families in Houston. If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to the city's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission to the most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket price.

One of the city's most famous places for all-ages fun is Space Center Houston, featuring a museum, interactive exhibits attractions and outdoor areas like Rocket Park housing historic attractions such as the enormous Saturn V rocket. Don't miss the Galileo shuttlecraft and Boeing 747, both permanently on display at the Space Center.

Also worth noting is the Houston Zoo: Exhibits include the Wortham World of Primates—a diverse section offering close views of some of the world’s most intelligent and endangered creatures—and a sea lion show at the mammal marina pool. Hermann Park also offers other activities for exploration such as the Japanese Garden, Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boats on McGovern Lake and more.

The Children's Museum of Houston provides interactive exhibits with hands-on components that are as fun as they are educational. Close by is the Cockrell Butterfly Center within the Houston Museum of Nature and Science, an outdoor habitat full of multiple butterfly species and an opportunity to see them up close. Also within the Museum District is The Health Museum, an insightful adventure into the inner workings of the human body. Visit the museum's website for special and upcoming exhibits.

Further south, visitors can venture to the massive Texas waterpark that is Schlitterbahn Galveston or the nostalgic beach town of Kemah, where the Kemah Boardwalk has become a destination for seaside carnival rides, games, patios and seafood restaurants and family fun.

Houston Zoo

What began in 1922 as the home to prairie dogs and other small animals has expanded beyond its original borders. Located inside the scenic Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Zoo now houses more than 6,000 reptiles, amphibians, aquatic specimen and wildlife.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston

The New Braunfels-based Schlitterbahn, long Texas' most famous waterpark, keeps islanders cool every summer, too, at this 26-acre Galveston park that offers 30 attractions.

Kemah Boardwalk

Located on Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk gives visitors an old-fashioned amusement-park experience complete with a double-decker carousel, Ferris wheel, thrilling rides and dining options ranging from fresh seafood at Landry’s Seafood House to Mexican cuisine at Cadillac Bar to steak at Saltgrass Steak House.

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Lose yourself in the beauty of nature at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Cockrell Butterfly Center. This awe-inspiring exhibit showcases hundreds of live, exotic butterflies in a three-story glass building filled with tropical plants.

The Health Museum

Through interactive displays, the Health Museum, part of the Texas Medical Center, encourages visitors to learn about the human body.

Children's Museum of Houston

This giant museum is composed of more than a dozen exhibits for kids of all ages (and maybe some adults, too). Examples include "Kidtropolis," a "city" where kids participate in sophisticated, simulated economy structures, and the "Tot*Spot," which has learning activities for toddlers and their parents.

Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium in Houston isn’t just for dining on fresh seafood and American classics (although the gumbo and broiled stuffed shrimp are to die for) at the underwater Aquarium restaurant.

Crocodile Encounter

Experience nature up-close and personal with a self-guided or guided (recommended) tour. While the Nile crocodile from Africa is the main one, there are 14 different species at the park. Enjoy other animals like alligators and don't forget to bring long-leaf lettuce to feed the tortoises.

Dewberry Farm

There is much to keep all entertained whether it be acres of pumpkins to pick or eight acres of corn mazes to explore—make sure to stop by the corn-cierge booth first. Play with farm animals, hurtle down Sliiide Mountain or investigate pumpkin carvings inside the darkened Pumpkin Hollar.