Things to Do in Houston: Amusement Parks That Will Amaze Kids of All Ages – Houston Chronicle | Dauktion

Making plans for you and the little ones (or your grown-up friends, who are we kidding?) can be exhausting. We’ve taken the guesswork out of a fun-filled day in Houston with 17 attractions for every budget and interest. Whether you’re looking for a day in the park or a wild indoor skydiving adventure, here are some of our favorites from near and far in the boroughs.

Can’t decide? Visit one of the area’s amusement parks for a day of Texas-sized fun.

Continue. Load up the kids. Call your friends for a day off. We won’t tell anyone. (But tag us on Instagram if your day is really great)

7 acres of forest

Old fashioned amusement park with petting zoo, miniature golf course, lego room, western playtown, playground, giant sandpit, zip line, horseshoes and more. Activities such as pony trekking and paintball are offered in addition to the daily admission fee. 4401 N. Frazier, Conroe, 936-890-2326; Opening hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Cost: $6.

Big Rivers Waterpark & ​​Adventures and Gator Bayou Adventure Park

Opening this month, this New Caney duo features an extra-long lazy river, powerful wave pool, water obstacle course, zip line, fishing and live alligators. 22846 Texas 242, New Caney, 281-302-4020;


Attractions include miniature golf, go-karts, rock faces, bumper boats, batting cages, and a game room. 17190 Texas 249, 281-894-9791; All-day passes start at $46.99; Certain attractions, including batting cages, are available for an additional fee. Opening times vary.

Downtown Aquarium

Visitors can ride the Ferris wheel, explore exhibits featuring alligators, fish, sharks, snakes, stingrays, and white tigers, and dine at the on-site restaurant, which is surrounded by a 150,000-gallon aquarium. A new battery-powered train takes you through the shark tank for an up-close look at 8-foot sand tiger sharks, 16-foot sawfish and brown sharks. 410 Bagby, 713-223-3474; Aquarium tickets start at $9.99; Tickets start at $3.99. 10am-8:30pm Sun-Thurs, 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat

Funplex amusement park

The indoor entertainment center features bowling, skating, karting, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a tower ride, indoor bungee experience, arcade games, and the Playport – a two-story play center where kids can jump, climb, and slide. 13700 beechnuts, 281-530-7777; Admission is free; Rides and attractions are accessible via the FunPlex FunCard. Opening times vary.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Landry’s own waterfront attraction with rides that float visitors across the Gulf, midway games, retail outlets and food vendors. Expect roller coasters, a scuba ride and other heart-pounding adventures, plus tamer fun for little kids, including bumper cars. 2501 Seawall, Galveston, 409-766-4950; Entry to the pier costs $7-10. Tickets are sold individually (starting at $4). Day passes start at $19.99, or family passes are available. The opening times depend on the season.

iFly Houston indoor skydiving

iFly facilities at Memorial and The Woodlands create the sensation of a free fall – a vertical wind tunnel creates 60 seconds of wall-to-wall air, allowing participants to soar. It’s skydiving without risk. Virtual reality experiences are also available. The “flight” is short, but beginners are trained. Check the website for age restrictions; not recommended for those with back, shoulder or neck injuries. 9540 Interstate 10 West, 281-942-4359 and 26860 N. Interstate 45, 281-942-4359; Prices start at $69.95 for two flights for one person; Reservations recommended.

Houston Zoo

From chimpanzees and gorillas to elephants, lions and flamingos, the zoo offers visitors the opportunity to discover countless animals from all over the world. Attractions include the African Forest, Children’s Zoo, Beetle House, Aquarium, Nature Playground, Paddling Pool and Sea Lion Habitat. For an additional fee, visitors can ride the wildlife carousel and feed select animals. 6200 Herman Park, 713-533-6535; Opening times: daily 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., last admission 6 p.m. Children up to 1 year free; $15 children 2-11; $19 adults; $12.50 seniors.

Jumping World Houston

Indoor trampoline park with foam pit, dodgeball and basketball courts, video arcade and special jumping areas for toddlers. 14147 US 290, 713-996-7811; 6904 U.S. 59 p., 713-239-2690; 100 Interstate 45N, League City, 281-724-0760; 2222 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, 832-767-4980; The first hour of jump time ranges from $6-12, additional hours are discounted. Opening times vary.

K1 speed

The indoor racing center offers electric go-karting for all ages and skill levels, as well as catering. First-time visitors receive a mandatory briefing; must be 48 inches to ride. 14900 US 290, 281-674-8012; Races start at $22. Opening times vary.

Kemah Promenade

The expansive waterfront promenade along the bay features restaurants overlooking the water, roller coasters and rides, seaside amusements and shows, a hotel and several shops. 215 Kipp, Kemah, 877-285-3624; All-day ride passes start at $18.99. Opening times vary.

Atmospheric gardens

Housed in pyramids, the complex has three main attractions – the Rainforest Pyramid, home to tropical plants, birds and animals including otters and monkeys; the Aquarium Pyramid, a 1.5 million gallon aquarium featuring fish, sharks, seals and penguins; and the Pyramid of Discovery, with science-focused events, exhibits, and activities. Ropes course, zipline, 3D cinema and virtual reality experiences are all part of the fun. 1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, 800-582-4673; Adult tickets to the pyramid attraction start at $21.95; Day tickets available.

Old MacDonald’s Farm

A 15-acre outdoor park with petting barns, train rides, playgrounds, pony rides, ball games and a seasonal swimming pool. 3203 FM 1960 E., Humble, 281-446-4001; Open daily at 10am; Closing times vary. Call in questionable weather to confirm it’s open. Cost: $12/person.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park

Expansive water park with children’s water playground, looping toboggan, slides, boogie board zone and tidal wave river among other attractions. 2109 Lockheed, Galveston, 409-770-9283; Opening hours vary in summer. Day passes start at $50.99 for adults; Summer passes available. Private cabanas available by prior reservation.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

The water park has been newly branded and renovated and features an array of rides – including the 6-story Wahoo Wave slide (opening later this summer), kid-friendly areas, a lazy river, daily entertainment and special events throughout the summer. 21300 Interstate 45 N., Spring, 281-355-3300; Opening times vary. Day passes start at $45.99 for adults.

Houston Space Center

Visitors can gain insight into space exploration through extensive educational programs, a museum of space artifacts and exhibits, and tours of the Johnson Space Center. The special summer program 2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 1601 NASA Parkway, 281-244-2100; Ticket prices start at $24.95. Summer opening times vary.

Speedy’s fast lane

Indoor and outdoor family recreation center with Formula 1 style karts, arcade games, laser tag and miniature golf. 11440 Hempstead, 713-957-8803; Opening times: 12pm-11pm Sun-Thurs, 12pm-1am Fri-Sat Price per attraction.

Texas Tree Ventures

Located in Rob Fleming Park, this new aerial adventure course borders the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. It is a series of more than 70 physical challenges and exciting elements designed for youth and adults (age and weight restrictions apply). 6464 Creekside Forest, The Woodlands, 281-210-2048; Tickets are $40 for children 13 and older and $35 for children 12 and younger.

Typhoon Texas Water Park

The park features several attractions including a large wave pool, lazy river, Texan group tube ride, racing slides, water roller coasters, and a children’s water play area. Food concessions and plenty of seating; Cabanas are available for rent. 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy, 832-426-7071; Summer Hours: Open 10:30am; Closing times vary. Day passes start at $38.99; Season passes available.

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