The Children's Museum of Houston
Hands-on exhibitions including science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts permit this museum to boast of the highest attendance of any youth museum throughout the country for its size. Almost half a million visitors pass through its doors annually. Don't miss a trip to this one.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Dr.,
Houston, TX 77030
It's hard to know where to start first at this museum but a truly unique experience can be found at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. There, you will find over 1500 live butterflies from around the world in an indoor rainforest setting. The Burke Baker Planetarium is a world of wonder for everyone fascinated by astronomy. Weekend nights feature laser lights shows accompanied by various musical selections. The Observatory is world-famous, as well as an outstanding exhibition of dinosaur fossils and bones. Settle down in the Wortham IMAX theatre and enjoy the huge six-story screen. www.amns.org
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Road 1
The Space Center is the visitors' center for the NASA Johnson Space Center. Here visitors enjoy exhibits ranging from the history of manned space flight to the future exploration of space. A tram will take you off to see working areas, shuttle payload bays (used in practice) and a Saturn rocket. The Kids' Space Place is a fun, interactive hands-on area especially for children ages 3-11. Here they can touch moon rocks and view a full-scale model of the space shuttle. An IMAX theatre provides thrills for all ages.
Admiral Nimitz Museum
340 East Main Street
Fredricksburg, TX 78624
Not too far from Houston, the Admiral Nimitz Museum presents the story of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and World War II in the Pacific. Uniformed history interpreters relate stories of World War II and present artifacts from the war. The indoor area houses quite a few exhibitions but the 7-acre site has outdoor displays too. Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks and a working flame-thrower are just a few. The Nimitz Museum is truly a unique and educational experience for the whole family.
Six Flags Houston
Six Flags Astroworld & Waterworld
9001 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Visit two great entertainment complexes side by side. Six Flags WaterWorld offers hours of fun for all from water slides to a five-story interactive water tree house. Go next door and thrill to the many rides at SixFlags Astroworld. With more roller coasters than any other park in Texas, this Six Flags will keep you "on a roll" for a long time. With all the concerts, shows and restaurants, there's plenty of time to sit back and relax before hitting those rides again!