Have a work trip to Houston coming up and you’re looking for an awesome way to spend your day off? Or maybe you live in Houston, had to cancel your vacation away this year due to COVID, and are looking for someplace closer to home to go to scratch that travel itch. Either way, if you want some great getaways near Houston, read on for ideas!
Space Center and Boardwalk
Houston, we have a problem! But not if you visit these family-friendly destinations for a perfect Travel Tuesday with kids. Start your day just half an hour from the city center at Space Center Houston, where kids can learn a ton about space and space exploration or marvel at the largest collection of space suits and moon rocks on public display! You can also take a peek at the NASA Johnson Space Center next door where mission control is located.
From there, drive 20 minutes east to the water and you’ll find yourself at Kemah Boardwalk. Grab lunch the kids will love from options like chicken and fries to pizza to burgers and follow it up with a funnel cake or ice cream. Then let the kids have fun with activities like rides and midway games.
Perhaps the Houston area’s most famous vacation spot, there’s so much to do on Galveston Island that this getaway is perfect if you have a full weekend to fill. But at only an hour’s drive south of the city, it still works quite well as a day trip!
This barrier island of the Gulf of Mexico has a robust tourism industry, which means you’ll find something to do no matter what you like. You can visit an eclectic variety of restaurants and nightlife, gorgeous beaches and fun boardwalks, and cute shopping districts. If you like history, you’ll be able to enjoy Victorian architecture and an assortment of unique museums. And for the outdoorsy folks, there are boat rides, fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, surfing, and more!
National Wildlife Refuge
A day trip to the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, located just an hour west of the city, is perfect for outdoor lovers. Birders will have fun trying to spot unique grassland birds like Attwater’s prairie-chickens, sandhill cranes, Sprague’s pipits, dickcissels, scissor-tailed flycatchers, and black-bellied whistling ducks that all make their home on this federally protected land! Even if you’re not a birder, you’ll find plenty to do here at one of the largest remaining stretches of coastal prairie habitat in the United States. There is an assortment of hiking and nature trails where you can learn more about the native flora and fauna and you’re sure to see wildflowers and butterflies on your walk.
After the wildlife refuge, make a pit-stop on your way back to Houston at Blessington Farms. They have pick-your-own berries and animal encounters, including feeding Quaker Parrots in their aviary and hands-on encounters with chickens, lambs, and goats. Plus, there are a ton of other exciting activities for kids in case you’re bringing the family.
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