7 Must-Add Activities for Your Houston Calendar
Keep your Houston summer schedule hot by taking advantage of all the excitement and entertainment available in and around the biggest city in Texas. From concerts, to nature, to world-class art venues and more, it’s easy to stay busy in Houston. Here are seven top-notch activities to plug into your summer calendar. Have fun and don’t forget your sunscreen!
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Let Your Imagination Soar in Space City
With more than 400 things to see, experience and discover, there’s always something new waiting at Space Center Houston.
Enjoy an outer space documentary on one of the largest screens in the State of Texas. Climb aboard the world’s only space shuttle mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA). Immerse yourself in the thrills of the International Space Center. Visit the Starship Gallery. Ponder an expedition to Mars. Learn about what it takes to be an astronaut and so much more.
A selection of summer events is available, including camps, overnight experiences, STEM programs and field trips.
Johnson Space Center
- 2101 East NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058
- (281) 483-0123
Discover 100 Years of Texas History | Houston Summer
Ever wonder what life was really like back in the Texas rancher heyday? Find out at the George Ranch Historical Park. Situated on a 20,000-acre working ranch, visitors experience the cowboy life through a selection of farmstead-inspired activities.
Tour a series of historic homes from four distinct time periods and interact with costumed interpreters who take you back to a Texas before cellphones. Watch a blacksmith work his craft and cheer on while cowboys rope and sort cattle. Get your hands dirty with a series of hands-on activities, too.
Popular summertime activities include dye making, 1890s basketball, leatherworking, corn shucking and so much more. Yee Haw!
George Ranch Historical Park
- 10215 FM 762 Road, Richmond, TX 77469
- (281) 343-0218
Experience the Fine Art of the Menil Collection
Built on the personal collection of founders John and Dominique de Menil from 1940 to 1990, the Menil Collection showcases an exceptional array of permanent and rotating exhibits. Comprised of five separate buildings within a 30-acre art neighborhood, visitors are treated to a broad stroke of artistic mediums from around the world.
Consistent with the founders’ vision and belief that the arts are an integral facet of the human experience, admission to the Menil Collection is free of charge.
The Menil Collection
- 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006
- (713) 525-9400
Explore the Coolest Shopping Block in the City
Since 1890, Houston Heights on 19th Street has maintained a slice of America’s past for people to enjoy for generations to come. Originally developed as a planned neighborhood where business owners and working people could come together as a community, this historic block of eclectic shops, boutiques and eateries is often referred to as the coolest place to shop in Houston.
Come for the vintage clothing, antiques and handmade artisan wares and stick around for delicious local eateries, live music and more. Swing by on the first Saturday of every month all year long for the First Saturday Arts Market. The market is open from 6pm to 10pm from June through August and 11am to 6pm the rest of the year.
Historic Heights 19th Street
- West 19th Street between Yale Street & Shephard Street, Houston, Texas 77008
One of the Countries Great Urban Green Spaces
In a state the size of Texas, it’s easy to find far flung places to enjoy nature and get away from it all – but sometimes the most exhilarating parks are those located right in the heart of the city. There’s something special about feeling the calm of wooded paths and tranquil lakes deep within the backdrop of an urban setting.
In Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park exemplifies everything than an urban oasis should be. Rent bikes. Roll out a blanket for a picnic. Discover a world of unique amenities and historical areas. From a selection of beautiful lakes to the skatepark, dog park and fascinating Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, a new adventure is waiting all summer long at Buffalo Bayou Park.
Buffalo Bayou Park
- 1800 Allen Parkway &, Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77019
- (713) 752-0314
Lions and Tigers and Bears
The Houston Zoo is more than just a place to see your favorite animals. It’s an opportunity to connect with and protect the animal kingdom. Experience up close and personal encounters to build memories that last a lifetime.
From passing leaves to our giant beasts at the popular giraffe feeding platform to cooling off at the water play park or petting furry friends at the children’s zoo, your day will be filled with fun and excitement. The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week with extra late hours during the summer so you can enjoy the grounds in cooler temperatures.
- Houston Zoo
- 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
- (713) 533-6500
Take in a Show
No Houston summer is complete until you’ve boogied down at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Music, dance, live theater and more – whatever you fancy, you’ll find it at Miller.
A venue like no other in the nation, Miller Outdoor offers an action-packed eight-month season of professional entertainment that is artistically brilliant, culturally diverse and always free of charge. It’s the largest “always free” program of its kind in the United States.
Classical, jazz, world music, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre and classic films on the big screen. Pack a picnic and get ready for fun.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
- 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
- (832) 487-7102
Happy Summer from Taylor Morrison Houston
We sincerely wish you and yours a fun summer packed with good times and great friends. Summertime smiles and new homes inspired by you!