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Summer Bucket List in Houston

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Summertime in Houston is a fantastic season filled with an array of exciting activities and events. From refreshing waterparks to cultural hotspots, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check off these must-do activities from your summer bucket list in Houston!


What to Do in Houston

Typhoon Texas

Cool off from the Texas heat at Typhoon Texas in Katy. This waterpark offers an 800-gallon water bucket, a seven-story free-fall slide, a six-person rafting serpentine-style slide, a massive wave pool, a lazy river, and a splash pad for the kids. It’s the perfect destination for a fun-filled family day.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market

Discover fresh produce and more at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. Alongside a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, the market offers in-person and virtual gardening classes and food demonstrations. Find everything from meat and coffee to culinary delights, and take a class to enhance your gardening skills.

Houston Zoo

Explore the Houston Zoo with a Value Pass and enjoy the Pantanal and Texas Wetlands exhibits. Kids under two get in free, and you can also check out the new air-conditioned Galápagos Islands exhibit. There’s always something new and exciting at the zoo, making it a perfect summer activity.

Cockrell Butterfly Center & Planetarium

Experience the beauty of nature at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Butterfly Center & Planetarium. Walk through a living butterfly habitat, learn about different species, and explore interactive games and quizzes. Don’t miss the tarantula collection and rainforest conservatory for a wild adventure.

Market Square Park

Located in Downtown Houston’s Historic District, Market Square Park offers a variety of free activities. Enjoy movie screenings, concerts, and blanket bingo. The park also features a play area, performance area, picturesque garden, and a dog run with a water feature for your furry friend.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Enjoy free performances from March through November at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Whether you love classical music, Shakespeare, or Hip Hop, this venue has it all. Bring your own food and drinks and relax on the lawn for an unforgettable experience.

Buffalo Bayou Boat Tours

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with a relaxing Buffalo Bayou boat tour. This 90-minute ride offers views of Downtown Houston, Allen’s Landing, Sesquicentennial Park, and more. The tour can accommodate up to 21 people, and you can request a historian for an extra fee.

Project Row Houses

Visit one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods and explore Project Row Houses. This cultural hotspot features art, photography, and literary projects in shotgun-style homes. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy food from local vendors at the daily Project Food Trucks.

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

For an active adventure, head to Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Eleanor Tinsley Park. This world-class, in-ground skatepark offers a 30,000-square-foot area for skateboarders of all skill levels. Classes are available for ages 6 to 17.

Blessington Farms

Enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms, where you can ride a train, mine for gems, jump on a giant inflatable, and more. It’s a great place for old-school family fun and activities. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Where to Stay in Houston

The Woodlands Resort

The Woodlands Resort offers various packages for a perfect getaway. Choose from the Kids Rule Package, Picnic Package, Tame Your Golf Game Package, Date Night Package, Kid’s Glamping Package, or Pampered Pup Package. Enjoy dining credits, activities, and reduced room rates for an amazing stay.

Hotel Zaza Memorial and Museum District

Experience a luxurious summer at Hotel Zaza with their Sun & Spa package. Enjoy pool access, a private cabana, spa treatments, food and beverage credit, a fruit plate, bottled water, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

The Post Oak Hotel

Stay at The Post Oak Hotel and book the Space Center Houston Package for an out-of-this-world experience. This package includes round-trip helicopter transportation to Space Center Houston, exclusive tours, and $500 toward food and beverage. Enjoy the Grounding Ritual Spa Treatment for two and explore Houston’s space heritage.

The Houstonian

Relax at The Houstonian with the Unwind & Dine Package, which includes complimentary cocktails, daily food and beverage credit, and late checkout. For a family-friendly option, choose the Stay and Play Family Getaway Package with an in-room movie, popcorn, candy, and a calendar full of activities.


Houston offers an incredible range of activities and events to make your summer unforgettable. Whether you’re exploring the outdoors, enjoying cultural experiences, or relaxing at a luxurious hotel, there’s something for everyone on this summer bucket list. Enjoy the best of Houston this summer!

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