Texas is one of the states that we had not visited in our See All 50 family travel project until this year. Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time there to make up for lost time. Texas is big. This seems obvious, but until you start considering a road trip to or through Texas you don't fully comprehend it's size. Being based in Mississippi, we have spent our time primarily in the eastern part of Texas. We visited Tyler, TX and their awesome zoo, briefly ventured into Dallas, and most recently headed to Houston for a weekend.
Houston is such a fun city! I am a huge big city fan and this is a great one. There is so much to do in Houston and much of it is super family friendly. We only had a couple of days and I had trouble decided how to spend our time. We stayed north of the city at the family-friendly La Toretta Lake Resort. The location worked well for us because of our final destination, but if you are planning to just enjoy what downtown Houston has to offer I would look into options downtown to avoid the crazy traffic.
The Children's Museum of Houston (considered one of the best and largest in the country) and Hermann Park (so much more than a park) are where we ended up spending most of our time in Houston.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON
The Children's Museum of Houston is fun from the moment you step through the doors. Our twins were off to play right away. The museum is as huge as advertised and we weren't able to see all of the exhibits. This is definitely a place you could return to again and again and again if you live in Houston. Our daughter would have stayed forever in the Kidtropolis where you can pretend to be just about anything. It is an entire city come to life and she loved pretending to be a vet, a firefighter, a custumer, and more. Our son loved How Does It Work? area where you get to investigate all kinds of STEM questions. Despite the Houston summer heat, we did venture outside for a while where there is a play area and water area. Our kids liked making boats and racing them down the rivers.
I was truly impressed with the range and amount of interactive and creative ways for kids to play at the museum. Our kids could easily spend days there without ever getting bored or even doing the same thing twice. Around every corner there seems to be something else to intrigue your curiosity. I also loved the amount of open ended and STEM related activities were found throughout the museum.
*There is a parking lot directly across the street.
*You can bring your stroller inside the museum and there is stroller parking available outside the toddler area.
*It does get crowded, especially on weekends, so we HIGHLY recommend getting there early.
*You cannot bring food into the museum, but there is a cafe with decently varied and healthy options.
Hermann Park is located a few blocks from the children's museum so we left our car in the parking lot and walked over. There are also several lots throughout the park. I knew the park was large, but I was again impressed by the size and amount of things to do within the park. Just in one afternoon we rode a train, wandered through some art in the park, explored the Japanese garden, had a cold snack while watching paddle boats, ran through some fountains, and climbed a hill. Our twins were exhausted and happy by the time we got back to the car.
This is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon or a day. Along with what we visited there are an amazing amount of things to do within the park including; the Houston Zoo, hiking trails, picnic areas, paddle boats for rent, and playgrounds. Look at the map before you go and pick a spot or two to visit. Use that to help you decide where to park. We enjoyed the opportunity to walk through the park and explore but all four of us had tired legs by the time we were done.
Houston is a fantastic place to visit. I hope we will be able to return soon.
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