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Stay-cation Stuff

Venture out of your neighborhood, but explore the Houston metro area for a fun stay-cation!

Houston Railroad Museum

7390 Mesa Road, Houston, TX, 77028

Facility preserves the memory, history and experience of railroading, particularly Texas railroading. Artifacts include signals, time tables, correspondence, lanterns, coffin carts and a neon sign that once stood atop Houston's now-demolished Grand Centra ...

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Zoological park located within Hermann Park is home to more than 4,500 animals belonging to over 900 species. Exhibits and facilities include a reptile and amphibian building, bird gardens, a duck lake, a tropical bird house, the Herbert A. and Elizabeth ...

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005

Permanent collection of one of the largest museums in the U.S. spans more than 6,000 years of history with more than 62,000 works from 6 continents. Complex consists of 2 museum buildings, 2 art schools, 2 decorative arts centers and a sculpture garden. E ...

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, 77030

Science and education museum has 4 floors of natural science halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Wortham IMAX Theater. Permanent exhibits include gems and minerals, Texas wildlife, paleontology, space, pre-Co ...

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006

Non-profit, non-collecting museum provides a forum for visual arts of the present and recent past and documents new directions in art.

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, TX, 77004

Kid-oriented museum features 14 galleries of hands-on exhibits focusing on art, science and world cultures for ages up to 12 years. Outreach programs include field trips, summer and after-school activities, family events and science workshops. Birthday pa ...

ArtCar Museum

140 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX, 77007

Private museum of contemporary art is nicknamed the Garage Mahal for its emphasis is on art cars, as well as fine arts and works by local, national and international artists.

The Printing Museum

1324 W. Clay St., Houston, TX, 77019

Museum promotes, preserves and shares knowledge of printed communication, including historical documents, fine art exhibits and antique printing equipment. Admission is free for self-guided tours; guided tours are available for a fee. Museum also offers c ...

Houston Fire Museum

2403 Milam St., Houston, TX, 77006

Museum is housed in Fire Station No. 7, the first fire station built by the Houston Fire Department after it went fully paid in 1895. Exhibits include a 1937 Chevrolet pumper, an 1895 Ahrens Fox horse-drawn steamer, a 19th century hand powered pumper, a 1 ...

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St. @ Memorial Dr., Houston, TX, 77002

Six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland and home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. The Aquarium features a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geog ...

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, TX, 77565

Home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows, Kemah Boardwalk is just 20 miles from downtown Houston. Restaurant hours vary by restaurant; ride and amusement hours are Sunday - Thursday 10:30am - ...

SplashTown

21300 I-45 N., Houston, TX, 77373

Water park has slides, pools and raft rides. Special summer events include Kids Fest, military appreciation days, a fireworks extravaganza on July 4, an Hispanic festival and a Christian event day. Group discounts are available.

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