Family Fun near Downtown Houston

Houston Family FunHouston has many family oriented activities for a day of fun. The massive Children's Museum of Houston has been ranked one of the best children's museums in the country. The museum contains 14 fascinating exhibits, ranging from ecological studies to physical challenges. In addition, there are daily activities and performances that add up to a full day of fun. The museum's full-service restaurant serves a variety of items including many healthy options.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most popular museums in the United States, offers four floors of exhibit areas examining areas of science such as astronomy, energy, chemistry and paleontology. The museum also contains the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Cockrell Butterfly Center. The Wortham Screen Theatre showcases educational films in support of the exhibits shown in the museum, and the Burke Baker Planetarium schedules various educational films related to astronomy. The Cockrell Butterfly Center consists of a walk-through environment where visitors can enjoy a living butterfly habitat.

The Houston Zoo contains over 6,000 animals within its 55 acres. In addition to the many animal exhibits, there are special activities at the zoo including a 4-D movie theatre, giraffe feeding and a wildlife carousel. There are many events at the zoo taking place daily throughout the year. For example, each day there are more than a dozen Meet the Keeper talks, trainings and feedings. The sea lion show is one of the highlights of the zoo.

The Space Center Houston is Houston's top attraction and also one of the best for family fun. Serving as the official visitor's center for NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Space Center Houston allows visitors to tour the NASA control center. There are a variety of fun, informative attractions and exhibits at the Space Center including two major theater attractions. The Space Center Theater is the largest giant screen theater in Texas which totally immerses visitors into the world of spaceflight, and the Blast Off Theater gives visitors the feeling of blasting into space!

Houston's Downtown Aquarium provides a fun family outing for all ages. In addition to a showcase of 200 species of sea life from around the world, the Downtown Aquarium contains amusements, shopping and a full-service restaurant. The seven large, themed exhibits in the Downtown Aquarium range from the Rainforest to the Louisiana Swamp. For additional fun, the amusement rides at the Downtown Aquarium consist of a drop ride, carousel, Ferris wheel and a train ride through the center of a shark tank!