Ready to escape the Canadian winter? Houston, Texas is the place to go with many fun and exciting activities for individuals and families. With average daily highs of 15 degree Celsius in the winter months, Houston is a warm destination for those looking to escape the cold. Despite a typically warm winter, few tourists visit Texas over the Christmas Holidays, making it the ideal place with few crowd, with few tourists and great weather.
Here are 5 fun and accessible activities to do on your trip to Houston.
- NASA’s Johnson Space Center offers a variety of activities for all ages. From shows to tours, interactive science experiments and exciting space exploration activities, families will love to spend a day at the space center. The Space Center gets busy fast, so your first priority if it is of interest is to partake in the tram tours. There are 2 tram tours are available, one to Mission Control and the other to the Astronaut training facility. Both tours are accessed from the same location. Take the tram to Rocket Park and follow the signs for your tour of choice. Both tours offers a unique look at NASA. Both tours are accessible, elevators are available on location and the trans can accommodate manual and power wheelchairs without having to transfer. Once you’ve visited the tram tours, take note of the different show times. Each show offers a unique look at the past, present, and future of space exploration. Throughout the day, small interactive science experiments are available to see and partake in. A great way for kids to learn about science and make science fun. The entire space center is accessible for all with elevators, closed captioning available where needed and other accommodations. The Houston Space Center is also a Certified Autism Center. For Autism friendly accomodations such as a sensory pack, visit the guest services desk.
- The Houston Zoo, though small in size has a large variety of animals to see. You can visit family favorites like elephants and giraffes to hippos and otters. Walkways throughout the zoo are fairly even and easy to navigate. The zoo does have some pathways that can be confusing to follow and get turned around with. An easy to follow guide map is available at the front entrance from a staff member. Animals are well marked to ensure you see everything. Due to potential cooler weather in the winter months, the zoo animals with inside habitats are kept inside later into the morning. Once the weather begins warming up, animals are released to their outdoor habitats for guest viewing. The zoo is fully accessible with even paths and automatic doors to the indoor animal exhibits. Manual wheelchair and stroller rentals are available at the entrance to the zoo.
- The Houston Aquarium, conveniently located downtown offers a walkthrough of aquariums, an up-close look at a Bengal tiger as well as several rides located outside the main aquarium building. The Houston Aquarium is located within one building and is home to many different types of sea life. Pet stingrays in the stingray lagoon, see jellyfish and barracudas and many more. Just before exiting the aquarium stop and see the magnificent Bengal tiger on display, a unique animal for an aquarium. For an interesting look at the aquariums, take the train through the sea tunnel, showcasing a variety of sea life. In addition, a number of rides are available on site. For an extra charge, get an all-day ride wristband and enjoy all-day fun. The aquarium is accessible and meets the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA). To enjoy the attractions you must be able to transfer to the ride vehicles and have enough strength to hold your body up during the ride.
- The Houston Museum of Nature Science gives visitors a glimpse into the past as guests travel through time from the age of the dinosaurs to now. The museum offers 16 permanent exhibits, demonstrations and small interactive activities centers meant to teach visitors about our world. Specialty exhibits are included and change every few months to offer something new to visitors. The planetarium offers different showings about space and time as well as a theatre offering 3 different shows about our environment and how we are impacting it. The museum meets the American’s with Disabilities Act requirements and additional special needs services can be made available. Please visit the guest services desk for details.
- Kemah Boardwalk, located in Galveston, offers rides and attractions as well as restaurants, shopping and great views of the Gulf Coast. Kemah is conveniently located a short drive from Houston in Galveston. This exciting boardwalk hosts something for everyone in the family. A variety of restaurant experiences are available as well as shopping. If thrills are what you seek, purchase an all-day ride wristband and be enthused by rides like the Boardwalk Bullet, a thrilling roller coaster to a train journey around the boardwalk area. The Boardwalk is open daily, however times may vary. Special events are hosted throughout the year for Christmas and New Years as well as others. The Boardwalk is accessible via ramps and even walkways. For rides you must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle and some rides require you to climb stairs into the attraction. The train ride is wheelchair accessible and can hold manual and powerchairs without requiring a transfer.
All of these locations are part of the Houston City Pass. The City Pass is your one stop ticket to the best Houston City attractions. Pay one discounted price and gain admission to these amazing attractions. Want some help planning your adventure to Houston. Contact Impact Vacations and let our advisors make your fun Texas sized.