The Katy area is home to numerous recreational, educational and outdoor facilities for all ages and animals. In addition, the area is about 27 miles from downtown Houston and about 76 miles from Galveston Island on the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Library
The Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Library is a part of the Fort Bend County Library system and is located at 8100 FM 359 S., Fulshear. The facility offers a variety of events throughout the year, including book clubs, story time for different age groups, craft days and yoga classes.
The Cinco Ranch Branch Library
The Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, is part of the Fort Bend County Library system. The library offers a variety of events each month, including chess days and seminars to help aspiring authors, English as a second language study groups and a bridge club.
The Katy Branch Library
The Katy Branch Library, 5414 Franz Road, Katy, is a part of the Harris County Public Library system. Library cards are free to residents and sign-up requires a utility bill or photo ID. Several free events are held each month including homework assistance, computer use instruction, genealogy research workshops and clubs, such as the Knotty and Nice Club for crafters.
The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library, located at 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, is part of the Harris County Public Library system. Programs at the library include instruction in office software, book clubs, and field trips throughout the year.
The Katy Heritage Park Historical Homes
The Katy Heritage Park Historical Homes are open for free tours the first full weekend of each month at 5990 George Bush Drive, Katy.
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Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, hosts a variety of permanent and traveling exhibitions throughout the year, as well as free admission on Thursday afternoons.
Children’s Museum of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, has interactive science exhibits meant for children age 12 and younger.
Museum of African American Culture
The Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St., Houston, is open to all visitors and hosts exhibits on African-American history in Texas.
Make a splash
Typhoon Texas at 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy, offers a variety of water attractions to help fight the Texas summer. Attractions include on-site food vendors, birthday party facilities, summer camps, an artificial bay and water slides. Day passes are $39.99 Monday through Friday, $44.99 on weekends and children age 2 and younger are free. Family passes are available for $119.99.
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Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park, located at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston, offers a variety of family activities and beach access. Beachside campsites and cabins are available for rent and fishing, while hiking and biking facilities are also available. Daily admission is $5 for vistors age 13 and older.
Parks & dog parks
The city of Katy Dog Park
The city of Katy Dog Park, 5418 Franz Road, Katy, permits friendly dogs while parking is available near the library. 281-391-4840.
Mary Jo Peckham Park
Mary Jo Peckham Park, 5597 Gardenia Lane, Katy, has a three-quarter mile hike and bike trail, and a lake for pole and line fishing. Boats are prohibited. 281-496-2177.
Rick Rice Park
Rick Rice Park is located behind CrossPoint Community Church, 700 Westgreen Blvd., Katy. It offers a pond, a mile-long walking path and signs identifying tree and bird species.
Katy City Park
Katy City Park, 5720 Franz Road, Katy, offers baseball, softball, soccer and flag football fields. It also features a pavilion, tennis courts and picnic tables, and a playground accessible for disabled children. 281-391-4840.
Mason Road Skate Center
Mason Road Skate Center, located at 535 Applewhite Drive, Katy, offers open skating sessions throughout the week. Private parties may be booked. Roller skates and in-line skates are available to rent for $2-$5, and admission costs $4-$9. 281-392-9555.
Kingdom and Wheels
Kingdom and Wheels, located at 25757 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 190, Katy, has a 6,000-square-foot facility with open skating sessions, a play area for toddlers, summer camps and a snack bar. The facility is open daily year-round. 832-437-7039.
The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch
The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch offers an 18-hole course and driving range. Tee times can be reserved online for $30-$45 depending on the time.
23030 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy.
The Meadowbrook Golf Club
The Meadowbrook Golf Club has an 18-hole golf course, a driving range and golf instruction. Tee times can be reserved online and a round of golf typically costs $50-$55. 23230 Meadowbrook Farms Club Drive, Katy.
Topgolf is a driving range with climate- controlled hitting bays, full-service bars and restaurants as well as lessons. Reservations are encouraged but not required. $25 (per hour to play). 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd., Houston.