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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Houston

Looking for a new place to explore that's still close to home? Kids Out And About has tons of staycation ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun! We've collected the coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Houston, Cypress, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Pearland, Galveston, Missouri City, and Katy.

Below you'll see both free activities and splurges that are worth it. KidsOutAndAbout has tons of ideas for places around Houston to explore, learn, and have fun! If you don't already receive our free weekly e-newsletter for the Houston area, sign up today to make sure you're in the know about free stuff, festivals, classes, camps, vacation ideas, and all the best events near you!


Explore Gardens and Sculpture Gardens 

Hermann Park Conservancy
Houston Botanic Garden
Museum of Fine Arts Cullen Sculpture Garden
Smither Park
Mercer Botanic Gardens
Eclectic Menagerie Park
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
Purple Cactus Lavender Farm

All Aboard! Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Texas State Railroad
Galveston Railroad Museum 
Houston Art Car Museum (and Parade!)
1940 Air Terminal Museum
Houston Area Live Steamers

Amuse Yourself

Galveston Island Pleasure Pier
Kemah Boardwalk
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast
Moody Gardens

Sand and Sea

Galveston Island State Park
Houston Maritime Museum
Port Arthur
Port Houston/Houston Ship Channel
Surfside Beach
Stewart Beach Park
Sylvan Beach Park
Texas Seaport Museum

Cities to Explore 

Lake Jackson
League City
San Antonio
Sugar Land
Texas City
The Woodlands

Brainy Activities 

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Space Center Houston
US National Weather Service 
Houston Public Library

Day at the Museum

Children's Museum of Houston
Houston Museum District
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Fire Museum
The Health Museum 
The Woodlands Children's Museum
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Get Outdoors & Take a Hike

Galveston Island State Park 
Nature Discovery Center
Houston Arboretum
Buffalo Bayou
Geronimo Adventure Park

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

Dewberry Farm
Froberg's Farm
Oil Ranch
P-6 Farm

Parks and Rec

Brazos Bend State Park
Discovery Green
Memorial Park Conservancy
Miller Outdoor Theatre 
Riva Row Boathouse

Sports and More!

Houston Aces Women's Pro Soccer
Houston Astros Baseball
Houston Dutch Lions Soccer
Houston Dynamo Soccer
Houston Energy Pro Women's Football
Houston Motorsports Park NASCAR/NHRA
Houston Rockets Basketball
Sam Houston Race Park Horse/Dog Racing
Houston Texans Football
Sugar Land Space Cowboys

 Shop Your Heart Out

Houston Premium Outlets
Rice Village
The Downtown Tunnel System
The Galleria
The Woodlands Mall

Splash into Fun

Lake Conroe
Lake Houston
Lake Livingston
Pirate's Bay Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston
Splashway Family Waterpark
Hurricane Harbor

Talk to the Animals

7 Acre Wood
  Crocodile Encounter
Downtown Aquarium
Houston Zoo

Time Travel 

Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park and Battleship Texas
The Grand 1894 Opera House 
George Ranch Historical Park



Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Houston. For those that are a bit farther away:

            = Less than 1 hour away

         = 1 to 2 hours away

      = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away