February 26th, 2014
Spring break is around the corner and many families will hit the road to go somewhere glamorous during their time off. Houston is one of the greatest cities in America, so why not spend your spring break exploring all the things you haven’t done in your own backyard?
A staycation is a great way to save money while still having an adventurous break. There are handfuls upon handfuls of family friendly activities and destinations around the greater Houston area and you won’t have to shell out money for expensive airline tickets or hotel rooms to visit them. We’re highlighting a few of our favorite “must do” activities for your perfect staycation.
Space Center Houston
A crucial aspect of the NASA Space Program, Space Center Houston is a fantastic attraction where visitors can explore what life is like in space, see the old and new mission control rooms and learn about the important role the Houston center plays in the advancement of space training and technology.
The Museum District
The Museum District is home to more than 20 museums housing a never-ending supply of knowledge and exploration. No matter what you are interested in exploring, the museum district offers something for everyone. Consider spending a day downtown walking from museum to museum. Many of them even offer free admission during the week.
The Zoo and Hermann Park
The backyard of the Museum District is home to hundreds of exotic animals at the Houston Zoo. Not only does the Houston Zoo have an incredible variety of animals, it also has an interactive children’s zoo and African safari park. Meet the newest zoo babies, feed the giraffes and enjoy the exotic wildlife when you bring the whole family to this Houston destination. Next to the zoo is Hermann Park or what many Houstonians refer to as the Central Park of Houston. Hermann Park houses lovely trails, gardens, a train, a reflecting pool and a pond where victors can take a paddleboat ride.
A Sporting Event
Houston is home to a professional football, basketball, baseball and soccer team, so no matter what time of year you’re staycationing there is sure to be some type of sporting event taking place in the Bayou City. Depending on when your spring break falls, you could catch a Rockets game or even an Astros game during your Houston spring break adventure.
The San Jacinto Monument and Museum
The San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History are entryways to the history and culture of Texas located just 20 minutes west of downtown. Established to honor those who fought at the San Jacinto Battle Field in 1836, the museum was created to tell the story of Texas history including the reign of Mexico, Spain, France, Latin America and eventually the Republic of Texas.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island is a great escape for the family. The weather should be perfect this time of year which will make a trip to Pleasure Pier that much more enjoyable. Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment, the newly constructed pier includes family-oriented attractions including rides, games, a wide selection of eateries and shopping. If you haven’t visited Galveston since the pier opened in May of 2012, it is a site to see!
The Blue Bell Factory in Brenham, TX
Who doesn’t love a cone of the “unofficial official” ice cream of Texas? Hop in the car and head northwest toward Austin until you reach the quaint Texas town of Brenham. Tours of the original Blue Bell Factory are only offered during the week, so spring break is the perfect time to head that way for a taste of this Texas treat.
A Brewery Tour
The adults need a break too! Consider heading to one of Houston’s famous breweries for an afternoon of adult libations. St. Arnold is Texas’ oldest craft brewery and they offer daily tours Monday – Saturday. Admission includes a tour, a souvenir glass and a couple of pints on the house. Karbach Brewery was founded in 2011, so it is somewhat new to the Houston beer scene. They offer tours Mondays and Thursday through Saturday, which also includes a glass and a round of beer tastings.
These are just a handful of the great adventures awaiting you in the greater Houston area. Did we leave something off this list that you think we should add to our Houston Staycation list? Share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter.