GUIDE: 17 attractions to visit on day trips from the Houston area this summer

The Houston Zoo is a popular summer attraction among young families. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
The Houston Zoo is a popular summer attraction among young families. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

The Houston Zoo is a popular summer attraction among young families. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Attractions within about 100 miles offer something for everyone’s interests—from antique shopping and water parks to museums and wineries.


1. Round Top shopping

Visit dozens of local shops and vendors selling antiques, artwork, seasonal decor, furniture and clothing.

Hours: vary by storefront

2. The Stone Cellar & Round Top Dance Hall

Enjoy live music every weekend, freshly baked pizza, and an extensive wine and craft beer menu.

550 N. Washington St., Round Top | 979-249-3390 |

Hours: Thu. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m., closed Mon.-Wed.

3. Texas Quilt Museum

Two historic buildings house antique and contemporary quilt art with a flower garden located outside.

140 W. Colorado St., La Grange | 979-968-3104 |

Hours: Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Wed.


4. Ghost Tours of Galveston

Several ghost tour options for all ages are available at sites throughout the island.

Various locations, Galveston | 409-356-9266 |

Hours: vary by tour

5. Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens features an aquarium, 3-D and 4-D theaters, the Discovery Museum, golf and a spa.

1 Hope Blvd., Galveston | 409-744-4673 |

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

6. Moody Mansion

One of many historic homes in Galveston, the Moody Mansion is open for public tours.

2618 Broadway Ave. J, Galveston | 409-762-7668 |

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

7. Pleasure Pier

This waterfront destination features dining options, rollercoasters, a carousel and other rides.

2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston | 409-766-4950 |

Hours: Fri. 4-9 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m., closed Mon-Thu. (summer hours TBD)

8. Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Bring the whole family to slide, swim, float and lounge at the 26-acre water park.

2109 Gene Lucas Blvd., Galveston | 409-770-9283 |

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (open daily May 31-Aug. 15, open select weekends in May, August and September)


9. Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures

Entertainment includes a water park, ax throwing, rock mining, gator handling, aerial activities and more.

23101 Hwy. 242, New Caney | 832-509-1556 |

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (open daily May 31-Aug. 15, open select weekends year round)

10. Houston Zoo

Visit more than 6,000 animals, feed giraffes and take part in socially distanced animal encounters.

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston | 713-533-6500 |

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

11. Museum District

Spend the day touring museums in the heart of Houston, highlighting art, science, history and culture.

1300 McGowan St., Ste. 129, Houston | 713-715-1939 |

Hours: vary by museum

12. Old Town Spring

Old Town Spring is home to several businesses, museums, art galleries, retailers and dining options.

26302 Preston Ave., Spring | 281-353-9310 |

Hours: vary by business

13. Space Center Houston

See spacecraft, a collection of spacesuits, live presentations and exhibits highlighting NASA missions.

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston | 281-244-2100 |

Hours: vary by date


14. Blue Bell Creameries

Grab a scoop of ice cream, shop in the country store and learn more about Blue Bell in the visitor center.

1101 S. Blue Bell Road, Brenham | 800-327-8135 |

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.

15. Brenham Art Walk

Appreciate murals on a stroll throughout the downtown streets of Brenham and Washington County.

115 W. Main St., Brenham | 979-337-7580 |

16. Pleasant Hill Winery

Sample award-winning wines and light bites along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

1441 Salem Road, Brenham | 979-830-8463 |

Hours: Sat.-Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Fri.

17. Star of the Republic Museum and Washington-on-the-Brazos State

Historic Site

Learn about early Texas history at the site of the 1836 signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

23200-23400 Park Road 12, Washington | 936-878-2214 |

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (state historic site), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (museum)
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.