The fourth biggest city in the U.S. is a great cosmopolitan destination, full of vitality and featuring countless attractions, restaurants, shops, cultural events and sports. During your stay in Houston getting bored is not an option: the museum district, the Galleria, Uptown Park and the NASA space centre are just a tiny slice of what you should be expecting. With so many options, even a rainy day can turn into an adventure. Therefore, if you must stay inside and do not want to go all outdoorsy for a few days then we’re here to help you chose. Here are a few things to do indoors in Houston. Enjoy!
It’s raining but you don’t want to miss out on Houston’s top attractions? We have a solution! With this tour, you will explore the city and its highlights while comfortably sitting on a double-decker bus. You will also get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see enthralling exhibitions of full-sized rockets and rock samples; and marvel at the real Apollo 17 space shuttle, which returned from the moon in 1972.
Houston City and NASA's Space Center Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 6 hours
Wouldn’t you love to be able to fly and forget about your height fright? Now even kids can experience this unique sensation, thanks to the iFLY Indoor Skydiving facility in Memorial. You don’t need any particular skills, just lie down on an air cushion and let a professional instructor guide you and assist you. See how it feels to float so far away from the ground and, guaranteed, you’ll never forget this experience!
Houston Memorial Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
If you think you could marvel for hours at a variety of colours or you’re simply looking for a family-friendly activity, why not give this butterfly centre a try? Providing entertainment and education for young and old, this centre offers walks through a living butterfly habitat, where you’ll be able to marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods. Interactive games and quizzes will keep your mind active and challenge your knowledge.
The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
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One of the most-visited museums in the U.S. and most-attended venue in Houston, in the Houston Museum of Natural Science you will have access to all the permanent exhibitions including astronomy, space science, Native American culture, palaeontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells and Texas wildlife among the highlights. Its fascinating thematic variety will keep feeding your curiosity for a whole day, if you let it, although short visits are also possible.
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
Duration: 3 hours
With four different games to try out, at Houston’s Playground Escape Room you will feel like on an adventure. Chose between Prison Break, old Rush, The Heist and the Playground and enjoy your time playing with your friends or family! The intriguing stories behind each roleplay game will make you feel like you’re in a movie. Each game has a different difficulty level and a minimum number of players: pick your favourite and good luck!
Playground Escape Room
Duration: 1 hour
Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence and top-rated charity on Charity Navigator, this museum is a must if you’re travelling with children! Specifically designed to merge interactive, customized learning with an incredible amount of fun and entertainment, your children will never want to leave. From colourful cyberspace simulations to outdoor ecological exhibitions, every family will find something suiting their interests and children will have the chance to explore what their future will bring.
Children's Museum of Houston Admission
Duration: 1 to 10 hours
If you find yourself wandering in the stunning theatre district, you may not want to miss out on this all-time classic restaurant. Just a short distance from Downtown Aquarium-Houston, Bayou Music Center, Wortham Theater Center, and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, this legendary café will keep you entertained with live music events and delicious food. Let the 35-foot replica of the Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Gibson Firebird guitar light the way to the dining area, and don’t forget to exit through the shop!
Hard Rock Cafe Houston
Duration: 2 hours
If you enjoy looking at things with an alternative perspective, this tour will blow your mind. History, architecture and art are all merged into an underground tour of the city after which you will never see Houston with the same eyes anymore. Are you curious to know how this 7-mile (11.3 km) pedestrian underground tunnel came to be? Then hurry up, book a place and learn more about it while enjoying the view. At the end of the tour, you’ll get the chance to eat delicious Houston cookies at a unique boutique bakery. This sweet treat will be (quite literally) the icing on the cake!
Houston Underground Tunnel Guided History and Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours
We all know how to drink a beer, but would you be able to craft yourself one? With a VIP tour of each brewery and distillery, you’ll be offered tastings at each location and learn the craft of rum and beer making. No need to hold back or worry about drinking too much: free transportation is provided, so you won’t have to drive. And to top it up: free snacks are available for all visitors. This is one of the top-rated tours, but more of them are available to check out, to fit all tastes.
Clear Lake Pearland Rum Distillery and Brewery Tour
Duration: 6 hours 15 minutes
Here’s another perfect tour for the beer-lovers. Five hours of pure bliss spent tasting cutting-edge beers and discovering its crafting process. Beer tours provide free transportation for all the participants, a professional guide leading the way and illustrating the salient aspects of beer crafting and free snacks so that all the beer tasting will be a pleasant experience for your stomach too.
Houston Woodlands Brewery Tour
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Why outdoors when there is so much indoors
As you can see, bad weather is not a valid excuse to cancel your trip. On the contrary, you might get the chance to discover Houston in a perspective many visitors had not the chance to see. If you’re still curious and want to discover everything about the city’s history or looking forward to learning something new with your children and have loads of fun, check out our suggestions! And even if you decide to plan these activities ahead and the weather turns out to be better than expected, don’t worry: all of them are perfectly enjoyable in the rain as well as in the sun.
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