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53. Wildlife Carousel

Wildlife Carousel

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

Wildlife Carousel is located in the Houston Zoo and is hand-carved and painted. This unique artwork is made of the animals that are found in the zoo-like armadillo, giraffe, and lion. The carousel plays music from around the globe and is a fun ride for kids and adults alike.

54. Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

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

Downtown Aquarium is located on Bagby Street and is the result of restructuring Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. It has various exhibits as well as games and amusement rides. Downtown Aquarium brings forth entertainment in unique ways by means of Shark Voyage Train Ride which takes one through a 200,000-gallon shark tank close view of a variety of shark species.

55. Flip N Fun Trampoline Park

Flip N Fun Trampoline Park

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

As is reflective through the name, Flip N Fun Trampoline Park is a family entertainment park with a trampoline park, laser tag arena, bumper cars, and more. The trampoline park has a heavy frame structure providing a safe environment to enjoy. Additionally, they also use redundant beds to provide another layer of safety during this gravity-defying fun activity.

56. Hermann Park Railroad

Hermann Park Railroad

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

The Hermann Park Railroad is over 50 years old and is an attraction point for children. The train provides a winds tour around Hermann Park and is open for people of all ages. The Hermann Park Railroad has an 18-minute journey around the park.

57. Houston County Lake

Houston County Lake

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

Located 10 miles north of Crockett the Houston county lake is on Houston's most beautiful and visited lakes. The county lake provides its visitors with a wide and exciting options of water sports and activities like kayaking, jet skis and boating. Camping around Houston Lake is also extremely popular among visitors at the lake. They also provide visitors with rental rooms to enjoy a comfortable stay at Houston County lake.

58. Lake Houston

Lake Houston

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

Located amid Kingwood, Associa and Humble is Lake Houston, a reservoir on the San Jacinto river that was built in 1953. Lake Houston was originally a dam and was later converted into a resevoir. The lake is now managed by the Texas Park and Wildlife department. Lake Houston also provides a constant water supply to all of the city.

59. Sheldon Lake

Sheldon Lake

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

Located on Carpenters Bayou the Sheldon Lake was built in 1943 by the government to provide fresh water for shipping industries and shipbuilding. The lake has several species of fish to increase the fishing utility. The fish present in the lake include largemouth bass, crappie and the sunfish.

60. McGovern Lake

McGovern Lake

2,228 km
from city center
60 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Mcgovern Lake is a beautiful recreation spot located inside Hermann Park in Houston. The beautiful lake not only attracts tourists but also migratory birds that nest on the islands inside the lake. This 8-acre lake also offers fishing and boating facilities to the visitors. In addition to this, the 8 acres Mc Govern Lake also provide a scenic view and soothing atmosphere to all its visitors.

61. Anahuac Lake

Anahuac Lake

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

Lake Anahuac is a saltwater lake that is mainly fed by river trinity. The lake was once also referred to as Turtle Bay. The lake is located 45 miles East of downtown Texas. The Lake was built by the Burkhalter family in 1953. Anahuac is very essential to the people as it provides irrigation and other facilities to various industries in the area. The lake also allows fishing and boating. Crabs can also be found in the lake.

62. Lake Livingston

Lake Livingston

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

The second largest lake in the city of Texas, Lake Livingston covers 336 kilometre square of land and supplies water for domestic use. Livingston is known as an ideal location for shooting episodes, movies, and documentaries. Livingston has several recreational facilities like full-service marinas, motels, and camping accommodations along its shoreline itself. This makes the lake extremely visitors friendly and makes sure a comfortable stay for its visitors.

63. Clear Lake

Clear Lake

2,998 km
from city center
63 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

A brackish lake fed by the Clear creek tat ends at the Galveston bay is the picturesque Clear lake. The lake is home to one of the largest number of recreational boats and marinas hence, boating and fishing are conducted very extensively in the region. Clear lake is not only famous for its jet ski rides but also an exotic wildlife reserve

64. Addicks Resevoir

Addicks Resevoir

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

Addicks reservoir is located on the northside of Interstate 10. The reservoir was built with the main aim of preventing flood damage in the city of Houston. Several parks are scattered throughout the reservoir as well as a cycling path paved around the circumference of the lake.

65. Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake

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

Located more than 90 miles South of Texas, Sabine Lake is a bay on the gulf coast of Texas. The lake is a 90,000-acre salt waterbody 14 miles long and 7 miles wide. The lake also harbours a part of the Sabine Wildlife Natural Refuge. Sabine lake also carries a lot of historical importance as it was one of the major shipping places in the 19th century. Today, the estuary is famous for fishing. Fishing is done throughout the year in Sabine Lake.

66. Barker Resevoir

Barker Resevoir

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

The Barker reservoir is a watershed that encompasses the area that drains water out of the reservoir. Built along with the Addicks reservoir, Barker was constructed with the aim of preventing flooding in the city of Houston. The area around the Barker Reservoir is filled with wildlife habitats and an exotic range of flora and fauna.

67. Smithers Lake

Smithers Lake

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

Located 10 miles southeast of Richamon, Smithers lake is built on Brazos river. The man made lake has an area of approximately 2400 hectares and is popular for generating electricity for the nearby places. In addition to this, fishing is an extremely popular sport at the Smithers Lake.

68. Porretto Beach

Porretto Beach

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

Porretto Beach is a private beach in Galveston, popular for its family-oriented setting and service. Popular activities here include picnicking, building sandcastles, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Swimming here is a safe and enjoyable experience as the waters are shallow and clean. You can also enjoy a stroll along the seawall, for the crowds are less here. Pets are allowed on the beach, but they should be kept on a leash.

69. Bryan Beach

Bryan Beach

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

Bryan Beach, located in Brazoria County offers three miles of scenic, natural beach. The area has not been commercialized yet; it is still in its natural state making it the perfect spot to enjoy sunbathing, camping, fishing, bird watching, or just relax. Visitors are also advised to purchase what they would need beforehand. Bryan Beach is also one of the few beaches left in Texas where you can drive and camp on the beach without paying a fine. However, glass containers and fireworks are prohibited here.

70. The Blue Lagoon Beach

The Blue Lagoon Beach

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

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful swimming spots in Texas. Its crystal clear blue waters give it an illusion of a tropical paradise. Swimming and scuba diving are the most popular activity one can indulge in. The Blue Lagoon offers scuba training of various levels, from beginner to advanced. Unfortunately, the lagoon lacks vegetation and there’s not much to witness.

71. Matagorda Bay Beach

Matagorda Bay Beach

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

Matagorda Bay Beach is a natural, 26-mile long beach near the mouth of the River Colorado. It is a great place to enjoy nature and quiet time alone, or with family and friends. The place remains uncrowned throughout the year. You can also enjoy camping and swimming here. It is a great place to swim however, one should be cautious of the swift currents of the river. You can bring an RV or a tent and camp here for 72 hours, camping fees are not levied here. Driving on the dunes is prohibited, however, you can drive on the beach with a 4*4 vehicle after obtaining a permit of USD 10.

72. Magnolia Beach

Magnolia Beach

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

Magnolia Beach is a 1.5-mile-long beach on the Texas coast, south of Lavaca. It is a peaceful and relaxing place where you can enjoy camping in the midst of nature. The spacious beach and the hard-packed sand make it easy to drive in and find a nice spot for your RV. The camping charges are free of cost. The beach has a well-maintained bathroom with flush toilets and showers. The only disadvantage here would be the lack of shops around the area.

73. Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach

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

Sunny Beach, located on Galveston’s west end is a secluded site, quiet during the weekdays and full on weekends. It is a wide drive-on beach with portable restrooms, houses to rent, and dining places nearby. Here you can enjoy simple activities such as swimming, fishing, collecting shells, or have a picnic. The water is not deep and the area is usually patrolled by the police, hence it is a safe environment where you can comfortably relax.

74. Hippie Hollow Beach

Hippie Hollow Beach

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

Hippie Hollow Beach also originally known as McGregor County Park features a steep rocky shoreline with access to Lake Travis. It is the only Clothing optional public park in Texas. It is legal to sunbathe and swim naked here making it the perfect destination for a fun recreational trip. Overnight camping, bonfires, firework, pets, and glass containers are banned here. All visitors must be over 18 years old to be allowed entry to the beach.

75. West End Pocket Parks

West End Pocket Parks

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

West End Pocket Parks are situated at Galveston island’s west end and hence the name. There are two beaches – Beach Pocket Park 1 and Beach Pocket 2. Pocket 1 is lower in facilities and crowds. It is a fair choice for those who enjoy simple entertainment or is looking for some quiet time whereas Pocket 2 has more facilities such as restroom, showers, and changing rooms. You can also enjoy the ocean view from the sun deck.

76. McClain Gallery

McClain Gallery

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

Established around 1980, the McClain Gallery focuses mainly on American as well as European contemporary and modern art, and its exhibitions feature work of many 20th century artists along with many current day ones. It also promotes the work of many Texas-based artists.

77. Czech Centre Museum Houston

Czech Centre Museum Houston

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

Spread out over an area of 20,000 square feet, the Czech Center Museum Houston or the Czech Cultural & Community Center is a multifunctional cultural organization which is dedicated towards the preservation, celebration and education of Czech and Slovakian art, history and culture.

78. Houston Center for Photography

Houston Center for Photography

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

Opened in the year 1981, the Houston Center for Photography is a major fine art organization that specialises in photography. Though it started out small, the Center has become quite popular owing to its numerous permanent and rotating exhibitions and displays which feature diverse work by different artists.

79. Houston Museum of African American Culture

Houston Museum of African American Culture

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

The Houston Museum of African American Culture seeks to promote the African American culture, especially through art. The museum, which was earlier known as the Houston African American Museum, has on a display a multitude of art works created by members of the community that depict various aspects of the culture and life.

80. Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

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

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston’s Third Ward area is an organization which aims to showcase works of fine art or contemporary art, especially those that depict Houston’s rich culture. The various exhibitions from India, Russia, Congo, Colombia, Peru and other nations portray work by local, national and international artists and put into question numerous social constructs.

81. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft or the HCCC was founded in the year 2001 and has since worked towards educating people about craft; about its history, process and product. It focuses specifically on art work made from glass, metal, wood, clay, fiber, and other recycled materials.

82. Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum

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

Situated within the University of Houston’s Arts District, the Blaffer Art Museum was established in 1973 and is a contemporary art museum. It is known for its various exhibitions that feature artwork by international and national artists and well as artists from the university.

83. Calypso Cove

Calypso Cove

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

Calypso Cove is one of Baytown’s Caribbean themed water parks. It offers a zero-entry pool, slide towers, spray guns, lap pool, water crossing activities, covered picnic areas, and much more. The Calypso Cove is usually uncrowded throughout the year, suitable for those looking for a quiet getaway, and it is a more economical option for those on a budget.

84. Falcoln Splash Pad and Pool

Falcoln Splash Pad and Pool

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

The Falcon Ranch in Katy houses a splash pad and a pool where you and your family can enjoy an afternoon filled with fun water activities. The splash pad is open to the public free of cost. However, access to the pool is facilitated through issued pool cards charged at USD 30. One card grants access to four members of a group/family and children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult of over 18 years. Other amenities include a playground and a tennis court.

85. Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park

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

Kathrine McGovern Play Waterpark, located within the Houston Zoo spans up to 13,500 square feet in size. The park is notable for its eco-friendly design; it is equipped with touch sensors that activate the water feature when stepped on, conserving both water and electricity. The park boast of a tall fill and spill water tree, a friendly and colorful sea serpent, a variety of water weavers fountains, jets, and misters along with an advanced filtration system that enables and ensures excellent water quality. Access to the water park comes along with admission to the Houston Zoo.

86. Pirates Bay Waterpark

Pirates Bay Waterpark

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

The Pirates Bay Waterpark covers more than 3 acres and is the larger Caribbean themed water park in Baytown. It is a seasonal, family-friendly resort-style park furnished with a lazy river, a large dumping bucket, an array of spray nozzles, slides, water guns, and towers. The Flowrider surfing machine is the main attraction of the place. Other than these, the park is equipped with a climbing wall, crossing challenges, and a pool. Swimming and water volley are also taught here. The wide array of activities and facilities provided at Pirates Bay ensures that visitors will never be bored.

87. Waterpark at Riverstone

Waterpark at Riverstone

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

The Waterpark at Riverstone with lushly landscaped swimming complex and waterfalls is a resort-style community pool. It is located within the Club at Riverstone, a recreation center for Riverstone residents. The Waterpark is equipped with twisting water slides, spray elements, a zero-entry lagoon, a splash pad, and a pool with shaded lounge seats. It’s a popular spot to cool down and relax in the summer.

88. Adventure Island Waterpark

Adventure Island Waterpark

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

Adventure Island waterpark is a resident only waterpark located within the Cross Creek Ranch. It is small in size yet fun-filled with lap lanes for swimming, a 140-foot tall water slide, a splash pad, wading pool, tanning shelves with water jets, and a shaded deck area for relaxing.

89. Wake Station Cable Park

Wake Station Cable Park

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

Wake Station Cable park is perfect for water sports enthusiasts. Water sports such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakeskate, kneeboard, or bodyboard for beginners are taught here, at the same time, experienced riders can also practice and enjoy here. For participants under 18 years of age, the parent or legal guardian is required to sign a waiver. Booking has to be done one hour prior to arrival, walk-ins do not guarantee a spot. Overall, Wake Station Cable Park is a great place for adrenaline junkies and for young kids to learn and enjoy time with the family.

90. Rob Fleming Aquatic Center

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center

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

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center is an award-winning pool located in the Village of Creekside Park. It houses a lazy river with a strong current, a splash pad, water slides, a plunge pool, shallow play areas for toddlers, and swimming lanes. The center is a popular spot within the neighborhood to cool down, relax, and enjoy time with family

91. Stawberry Park

Stawberry Park

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

The Strawberry Waterpark is located within the Strawberry city park of Pasadena. It is equipped with water cannons, a lazy river, slides, cabanas with privacy drapes, and a dumping Bucket. The park is small in size and also the crowd here tends to be less. After 4 pm the entry fee is priced at half its original price hence, it is a good place to visit with family and friends especially if you’re on a Budget.

92. Cinco Ranch Water Park

Cinco Ranch Water Park

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

Cinco Ranch Water park is located within the Cinco Ranch, a planned community residence. There are a total of 11 pools in Cinco I and Cinco II, and access to these pools are granted through a member pool key. Visitors are welcomed here in the presence of a resident at all times and a maximum limit of 4 guests are allowed per household

93. Club Westside

Club Westside

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

Club Westside spanning up to 16.5 acres, initially started out as a tennis club and later expanded into a family-oriented community club. It provides various amenities such as tennis courts, fitness centers, a sports zone, poolside, a water park, and so on. The Club Westside Waterpark is equipped with slow to highspeed rides, a lazy river of more than a thousand feet in height, slides, and a Swim-up adult bar. The park is open only to its members.

94. Palm Beach Moody Garden

Palm Beach Moody Garden

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

The Palm Beach Moody Garden waterpark is a seasonal park, opens only during the summers. It is equipped with a lazy river, a wave pool, slides, a water playground, a splash pad, a sandy beach, and a volleyball court. Free amenities such as Comfy beach chair and shady umbrellas are provided(in limited numbers) otherwise they can be rented too. The highlight event of the place would be the annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festivals, where you can enjoy different tastes from all around Texas with more than 400 different craft beers, live music, and unique dining experience

95. Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

95 out of 210
places to visit in Houston

Schlitterbahn Waterpark is one of the most popular waterparks in Texas, with over 30 rides and attractions, a wave pool, uphill water coasters thrilling slides, water playgrounds, and whitewater rapids. It’s open throughout the year and the main attraction rides are the Dragon Blaster, Faust and Furious, Bahnzai, Pipeline, Cliffhanger Speed Slides, and The Tempest. The array of rides and fun-filled to do activities ensures that even after repeated visits to the waterpark, you would never be bored.

96. WhoaZone Houston

WhoaZone Houston

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

The WhoaZone at Rosharon is an inflatable on-water obstacle course where kids can run, bounce, and slide through. A range of activities in different levels of difficulty is offered here. These include low-intensity floats or challenging, tough obstacles, hurdles, and balance beams. Participants of the course must be 7 years or above and at least 45 inches tall with good swimming skills. Other than the obstacle course, guests can also enjoy a game of volleyball, swimming, and Paddling here.

97. Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range

Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range

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

Established in 1936, Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range is one of the oldest and the best municipal courses in the U.S. It is spread over 600-acres and it originally began as a 9-hole golf course which now has 18-holes. This golf course has a driving range, and also a clubhouse facility.

98. Wildcat Golf Club

Wildcat Golf Club

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

Wildcat Golf Club is located in Southeast Houston and comprises of 'The Lakes' and 'The Highlands', two of its uphill 18-hole golf courses. It is popular with professional teams and offers spectacular downtown Houston views. Wildcat Golf Club is designed by the established golf architect, Roy Case and both the courses have elevation changes of up to 100 feet.

99. Hermann Park Golf Course

Hermann Park Golf Course

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

Hermann Park Golf Course is a premium golf course that is open for visitors seven days a week. It is situated at the centre of Bayou City and offers easy accessibility to downtown Houston. Hermann Park Golf Course is an 18-hole oasis with old oak trees lining it.

100. Tour 18 Golf Course

Tour 18 Golf Course

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

Tour 18 Golf Course is a unique course located in Flower Mound, Dallas, Texas. What makes it stand out is that the holes have been crafted to replicate some of the most famous holes from around the country that have been pivotal in challenges like the US Open, The Masters, The Tour Championship, and the PGA Championship. Not only this, the surrounding beauty only adds to its appeal.

101. Sharpstown Park Golf Course

Sharpstown Park Golf Course

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

Located in the heart of southwest Houston, Sharpstown Park Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course that was formerly a host of Houston Open. It has earned tremendous respect due to its customer services like the year-round golf season with daily tee times available for the public. Not only this, but it also has golf professionals who are available for lessons.

102. Gus Wortham Golf Course

Gus Wortham Golf Course

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

Gus Wortham Golf Course was built at the site of Houston Country Club and hence is a rare, scenic property with amazing elevation changes. It is a non-profit model that is managed by the Houston Golf Association. The course opened in 2018 for the public and has a rating of 69.5 while the slope rates at 113.

103. Melrose Golf Course

Melrose Golf Course

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

Melrose Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course that is located on the Canino Road in Houston, Texas. It is a well-lighted par 3 course that is ideal for a late evening with friends. It is open for the public and is relatively cheap, where the tees can be booked on daily basis.

104. Pasadena Municipal Golf Course

Pasadena Municipal Golf Course

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

Pasadena Municipal Golf Course is a Southeast Texas course that is spread across 160-acres with 18-holes and a driving range. The golf course was designed by Jay Riviere and opened to the public in 1978. Pasadena Municipal Golf Course has water in abundance, so much so that there are hazards on both sides of some fairways.

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