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1. Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

36 km
from city center
1 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The official visitor centre of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Smithsonian Affiliate, Space Center Houston opened in the year 1992. It has, ever since, been visited by large crowds that come to see the numerous permanent as well as traveling exhibits, space artefacts, films, live shows and much more.

2. Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5 km
from city center
2 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Initially called the Houston Museum and Scientific Society Inc., the Houston Museum of Natural Science is situated close to Hermann Park. It was built in 1909 and is one of the most frequently visited museums in the country owing to its exhibits that feature gemstones, plant and animal displays, mineral specimens, the Foucault pendulum, archaeological artefacts, Egyptian temple and mummy recreations and more.

3. Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston

4 km
from city center
3 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Holocaust Museum Houston is the fourth largest in the country and is situated within the Museum District, having opened in the year 1996. Comprising of several galleries and exhibits featuring the lives of the Holocaust victims, the museum aims to educate visitors against hatred, violence and prejudice.

4. The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

4 km
from city center
4 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Menil Collection in Neartown Houston is both a private art collection as well as the museum itself that houses thousands of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, rare books and more. Opened to the public in 1987, the museum contains different works by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, pop and contemporary art by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, as well as antiquities of Medieval, Byzantine and tribal art, amongst others.

5. National Museum of Funeral History

National Museum of Funeral History

26 km
from city center
5 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Spanning over an area of 35,000 square feet, the National Museum of Funeral History that opened in 1992, houses a variety of funeral service artefacts, relics as well as exhibits that provide information on the various aspects of death care. The exhibits and collections focus on particular funeral traditions with respect to a culture or country (such as cremation), elaborate on the use of various objects during funerals, pay tribute to several historical figures or emphasise on certain tragic events.

6. Contemporary Arts Museum

Contemporary Arts Museum

4 km
from city center
6 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum- Houston is a not-for-profit and non- collecting organization that works towards promoting contemporary art. The museum houses an extensive collection of contemporary art works of the present and recent past, as well as exhibits of other visual arts. It is known for its various permanent and changing exhibitions, programs and events which provide an interactive experience to visitors.

7. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

3 km
from city center
7 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, located within the Houston Community College campus, is an institution that strives to highlight the lives and legacy of Buffalo Soldiers, of African American soldiers through various exhibits, events and programs. The exhibits feature items such as helmets, tools, weapons, uniforms, photographs, medals, household items and more that provide an insight into the contributions made by Buffalo Soldiers during the Civil War, Vietnam War, the 2 World Wars and also into their everyday lives.

8. Houston Center for Photography

Houston Center for Photography

4 km
from city center
8 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Houston Center for Photography started out small, when it opened in 1981, and has today become a major fine art organisation that focuses on photography. It boasts of many permanent as well as rotating exhibitions which include photographs on various subjects, by different artists, and also aims to educate visitors about the art via publications, educational programs and workshops.

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9. Czech Centre Museum Houston

Czech Centre Museum Houston

4 km
from city center
9 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Czech Center Museum Houston, also known as the Czech Cultural & Community Center, was established in 1995 and focuses on the promotion of Czech, Slovakian and European art, culture and history through thousands of art pieces created over the last 2 centuries. The collection consists of paintings, pottery, crystal perfume bottles, dolls, folk art, books, kroje, Bohemian Glass and other artworks.

10. The Printing Museum

The Printing Museum

3 km
from city center
10 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Printing Museum in Houston, with its permanent exhibits, tours as well as workshops, aims to educate visitors about printing; about its history, art and technology. Its permanent collection comprises of over 10,000 items such as some of the earliest printed documents, contemporary limited-edition paper works, fine-art facsimiles (Gutenberg Bible etc.), while the many workshops it conducts are for both adults and children.

11. Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center

4 km
from city center
11 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Founded in the year 1979, Lawndale Art Center in Houston started out as a studio space for graduate students to paint, sculpt or practise their art, and is today a non-profit organisation featuring contemporary art by local artists. Situated within a 1930s Art Deco building, the museum puts on display exhibits by hundreds of artists every year and also hosts informal talks, special events and benefits.

12. ArtCar Museum

ArtCar Museum

3 km
from city center
12 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Combining cars and contemporary art, ArtCar Museum in Houston is a private museum that was built in 1998 with the intentions of drawing attention to political, economic as well as personal aspects of art. Also known as Garage Mahal, the museum features a large number of remolded stock cars that have been customised to fit within the artistic visions of local, national and international artists.

13. Asia Society Texas Center

Asia Society Texas Center

4 km
from city center
13 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and is one of the 12 Asia Society centres. It was built in order to educate the American people about Asian culture, art, politics, geography and more, and it does so via several exhibitions, educational tours, programs and workshops.

14. The Health Museum

The Health Museum

5 km
from city center
14 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Established in 1969, The Health Museum is officially known as the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and is one of the 19 museums in the Museum District of Houston. Aiming to inculcate a curiosity pertaining to medical science, the human body and health, the museum offers to its visitors an interactive experience.

15. Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

4 km
from city center
15 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts happens to be oldest art museum in the state and one of the biggest in the United States. It is situated in the Houston Museum District and houses an extensive collection of art work (over 70,000 pieces) coming from six continents and dating between the antiquity period and the present.

16. Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston

5 km
from city center
16 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Established in the year 1980, the Children’s Museum of Houston aims to inculcate the passion of learning amongst children through its various interactive exhibits. Suitable for children of different age groups, the different exhibits explore areas such as South Korean culture, properties of water, gadgets and technology, nature and the outdoors, chemistry and the Periodic Table, physical stamina and more.

17. Houston Museum of African American Culture

Houston Museum of African American Culture

4 km
from city center
17 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Previously known as the Houston African American Museum, the Houston Museum of African American Culture was established in order to promote African American culture as well as art. It has on display a large number of art works by members of the community that depict certain aspects of their lives and culture.

18. Military Museum of Texas

Military Museum of Texas

10 km
from city center
18 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Military Museum of Texas runs as an organization dedicated to keeping alive the efforts and memory of all those Texan soldiers who have and continue to serve the country. The museum houses an extensive collection of historical military artefacts and memorabilia such as vehicles, field equipment, artillery field pieces, uniforms and others, and strives to preserve and exhibit them.

19. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

26 km
from city center
19 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Completed in the year 2004, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayn Mandir in Houston is a popular Hindu temple built upon the principles of the Shilpa Shastras. The largest in the state, it consists of the open-air temple building, a haveli, a surrounding deck, open grounds and an Understanding Hinduism exhibition.

20. Sri Meenakshi Temple

Sri Meenakshi Temple

27 km
from city center
20 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Sri Meenakshi Temple in Houston is believed to be a close replica of the one in India and the marble structure, with its high ceilings and intricate carvings, is built upon a large piece of land. It is home to a number of deities including Ayappa Swamy, Ganesh, Durga, and Lord Shiva, amongst others.

21. Hare Krishna Temple and Cultural Center

Hare Krishna Temple and Cultural Center

8 km
from city center
21 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Hare Krishna Temple and Cultural Center, also known as ISKON of Houston, is a Hindu temple dedicated primarily to Lord Krishna. It was established in 1972 and has, since its inception, added more and more deities to its shrines including Sri Sri Nitai Chandra, Sri Sri Chaitanya Chandra, Sri Sri Radha Nila-Madhava, and Sri Sri Giriraj Govardhan.

22. Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple

Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple

26 km
from city center
22 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Established in 2017, the Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple in Houston serves not only as a centre for worship but also for meditation, enlightenment and celebration, where visitors can be cleansed. Sri Nithyanandeshwara Linga happens to be the presiding deity here, and is a replica of Sri Kalahasti Temple’s (India) main deity, Sri Kalahasteeswara.

23. Shri Radha Krishna Temple

Shri Radha Krishna Temple

22 km
from city center
23 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Dedicated to both Lord Krishna and Lord Rama, Shri Radhe Krishna Temple in Houston is a clean space which offers the possibility of engaging in Hindu worship to both locals and tourists. The temple is quite clean and organises a set of pujas and rituals each day, which include arti and darshan, offering food to deities, as well as bhog.

24. Chinmaya Mission Houston

Chinmaya Mission Houston

30 km
from city center
24 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Chinmaya Mission Houston was set up in the year 1982 with the goal of spreading the message of Hindu scriptures, including that of Vedanta. The temple organises a set of programs aimed at teaching about the scriptures and spirituality, all of which are focused primarily on families. Every Sunday, the Smrti, a hall, is the site of Satsangas or discourses for adults, which include prayers, invocations, bhajanas and conversations with the Acharyas.

25. Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

13 km
from city center
25 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple is a popular temple in the city of Houston, dedicated primarily to Lord Ganesha (Vinayaka), the God of wisdom and prosperity, to his creator, Goddess Gauri (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati) and also to others such as Goddess Durga. The temple houses statues (murtis) of these deities and it seeks to teach about the Hindu religion via several religious, cultural, educational and social activities suitable for all ages.

26. Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

27 km
from city center
26 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple in Sugar Land, Houston is a Hindu religious establishment which focuses on spreading the knowledge of the Vedas, and worships Lord Lakshmi Narayana, along with eight forms of Maha Lakshmi, who happen to be Maha Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakshmi, Rajya Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Jaya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi and Dhana Lakshmi.

27. Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO)

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO)

27 km
from city center
27 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (I.S.S.O) was established in Houston in 2000 and is the fourth of the group to be built in the United States. The temple is open to followers of every faith and is dedicated to the worship of Almighty Lord Swaminarayan, Ganapati Dev, Shankar Parvati and Lord Laxminarayan Dev, amongst others.

28. Shri Krishna Vrundavana

Shri Krishna Vrundavana

27 km
from city center
28 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Shri Krishna Vrundavana focuses primarily on the worship of Lord Krishna. The temple, open to all, follows a certain manner of worship which revolves around poojas, festivals, upanayana and other rituals. Poojas are performed thrice a day along with bhajans, while anna daana is done twice a day.

29. Sylvan Beach

Sylvan Beach

37 km
from city center
29 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Sylvan Beach is the nearest beach to downtown Houston. It is the perfect place to relax or enjoy time with family and friends. The fine sand, lesser seaweed, and smaller waves make it an enjoyable destination for swimming. The beach has a 32-acre park complex that includes a large playground, tennis court, Skate Park, picnic tables, and an air-conditioned pavilion.

30. El Jardin Beach

El Jardin Beach

40 km
from city center
30 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

El Jardin Beach is a city-owned beach, a popular spot amongst the locals for family outings by the sea. The beach is not frequented by tourists and to its advantage; for it remains relatively un-crowded. It is a small beach yet it is rich in marine life and vegetation.

31. Jamaica Beach

Jamaica Beach

73 km
from city center
31 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Jamaica Beach is a public access beach, the perfect spot to spend the day with family and friends or to host your next big event. The Park complex was built in1989 with the collective effort of the community. It is equipped with swings, a picnic area, a pavilion with a kitchen, and a basketball court.

32. Stewart Beach

Stewart Beach

77 km
from city center
32 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Stewart Beach is a premier family beach of Galveston. It was named as one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families” by Family Vacation Critic in 2013. The beach features a park with a pavilion, concessions, restrooms, chair, and umbrella rentals, beach volleyball courts, a Children playground, and much more, under the supervision of trained lifeguards. The park also offers access to a wheelchair and parking is free of charge for the differently able.

33. East Beach

East Beach

76 km
from city center
33 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

East Beach, located at the far eastern tip of Galveston Island is the ultimate party destination. It is renowned for the beach parties, festivals, and live concerts held throughout the summer months.

34. Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park

76 km
from city center
34 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Galveston Island State Park spans up to 2,000 acres encompassing different terrains such as estuaries, wetlands, and beaches. Here, you can experience the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Bay, or both. Popular activities that one can enjoy are kayaking, bird watching, nature field trips, fishing, swimming, hiking, surfing, and biking. It is also equipped with restroom, showers, picnic tables; rental cabins, tents, and RVs are also available for rent.

35. Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach

91 km
from city center
35 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Surfside Beach, located in Brazoria County is heralded as the ultimate gateway destination, popular amongst the locals for its quaint but vibrant charm. It is a great spot to enjoy water activities, experience the outdoors, and observe wildlife.

36. The Texas City Dike

The Texas City Dike

66 km
from city center
36 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Texas City Dike/Beach is a levee built-in 1915 for protection against cross currents and to reduce silting. Stretching up to 5.3 miles, it is the longest man-made fishing pier in the world and one of the most popular boat launches and fishing areas. It is equipped with facilities such as Lighted parking boat ramps, a Concrete shelter, Fish cleaning station, and portable restrooms. Other activities that can be enjoyed here are bird watching, Jet Skiing, swimming, and cycling.

37. Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach

74 km
from city center
37 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

The Crystal Beach or Bolivar Beach in Bolivar peninsula is one of a kind for here; you can experience tranquillity at its finest. It encompasses 27 miles of Beach Shoreline on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. It is located along Highway 87, close to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

38. Quintana Beach

Quintana Beach

92 km
from city center
38 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Quintana Beach is a natural beach located on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Its condition is dictated by the tides and the weather condition of the place. Activities such as bird watching, fishing, swimming, surfing, beachcombing, and shelling can be enjoyed here.

39. Grand Texas Theme Park

Grand Texas Theme Park

32 km
from city center
39 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Grand Texas Theme Park is a one-stop amusement cum entertainment park with dining and shopping options. It is situated near Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, about nine miles north of it. Grand Texas Theme Park is spread across 645-acres and comprises over 25 rides with five roller coasters and two water rides.

40. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

20 km
from city center
40 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is located in Spring, north of Houston. It is one of the oldest waterparks in the area being functional since 1984. Spread over 48-acres, it has two pools, nine water slides, and two children’s areas. The Six Flag is equipped with pools where you can relax and enjoy the day. However, if you are in search of excitement; you can enjoy the steep slides or better check out the variety of hydro-powered thrills the place has to offer, from rides to challenges – you can find it all here.

41. Houston Funplex

Houston Funplex

0 km
from city center
41 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Houston Funplex is a complete family amusement park located at Beechnut Street in Houston. It is an indoor entertainment complex built with over two hundred games. Under the roof are bowling, skating, trampolines, go-karts, and even a Ferris wheel. Houston Funplex welcomes the vision to provide a safe and entertaining environment to everyone, irrespective of seasonal constraints.

42. Big Rivers Waterpark

Big Rivers Waterpark

1,203 km
from city center
42 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Big Rivers Waterpark is a part of the Grand Texas Theme Park and is currently functioning independently. It is famous for the wide variety of rides and attractions on the offer, ranging from water rides to aerial adventures. As is stated in the punchline of the Big Rivers Waterpark, it is more than just a waterpark. It houses some of the highest and longest zip lines in Texas.

43. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

140 km
from city center
43 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, as the name suggests, is a pier located in Galveston, Texas. This pleasure pier was opened to the public in 2012 and it is reconstructed at the place of an old one that was destroyed in 1961 by Hurricane Carla.

44. Typhoon Texas Waterpark

Typhoon Texas Waterpark

22 km
from city center
44 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Typhoon Texas is a series of water parks in Texas; currently, it operates in two locations: Austin and Katy, Houston. It is equipped with a lazy river, 33 slides, a 27,000 square foot wave pool, and two kid’s attractions. The Duelin’Daltons, Monster Storm, Howdy Hollow, and the Double T Bar are some of the major attraction rides. The park utilizes a unique filtration system to ensure a clean and safe environment, 70000 gallons of water are pumped through the filters every minute. It is also a good venue for hosting parties, class, camp, or church outings.

45. Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens

10 km
from city center
45 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Moody Gardens is a non-profit destination in Galveston, Texas which serves educational as well as entertainment purposes. It majorly consists of three pyramid attractions along with a water park and a film theatre. Moody Gardens’ pyramids comprise the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, and the Discovery Pyramid. As is reflective in the names, they are dedicated to marine life, tropical plants, and science-oriented exhibits, respectively.

46. Gator Bayou Adventure Park

Gator Bayou Adventure Park

25 km
from city center
46 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Gator Bayou Adventure Park is a part of the Grand Texas theme park. Located alongside the Big Rivers Waterpark, this adventure park hosts a large number of dry and aerial activities.

47. Jumping World

Jumping World

21 km
from city center
47 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Jumping World is a chain of family amusement parks located at various places across Texas and in Georgia and Tennessee. The ones located on the northwest and southwest freeway are the most popular ones with indoor trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, and many other activities.

48. Speedy's Fast Track

Speedy's Fast Track

12 km
from city center
48 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Speedy’s Fast Track is a one-stop entertainment center for friends and family with its arcades, go-karts, miniature golf, and laser tag. This amusement center has go-karts, super karts, two-seater karts, and even F1 kart.

49. Splashway Water Park

Splashway Water Park

22 km
from city center
49 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Splashway Water Park is not just a water park but a campground as well. The campground has been designed to offer something for everyone with its RV sites, tent sites, and an on-site camp store. It consists of activities like fishing, kayaking, and peddle carts. They also have a dog park for your pooches.

50. iRise Trampoline & Fun Park

iRise Trampoline & Fun Park

14 km
from city center
50 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

iRise Trampoline & Fun Park is a three-story kid’s adventure park, trampoline park, and ninja arena. On one hand, it has kids adventure activities, and on the other hand, it has Trampoline Handball that gives aerial thrill like a professional player.

51. Sky Sports Trampoline Park Houston

Sky Sports Trampoline Park Houston

844 km
from city center
51 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Sky Sports Trampoline Park is an entertainment complex spread over about 40,000 sq ft. It consists of trampoline bounce, video games, an obstacle course, and a merry-go-round. It also has a professional grade batting cage with the IronMike pitching machines.

52. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

1,155 km
from city center
52 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is an indoor adventure park offering activities like trampoline, go-karts, indoor skydiving, sky rider, and many more. It is a very promising destination with a huge variety of games and activities to keep people of all ages engaged and entertained.

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