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What to do in Houston for a day...???

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What to do in Houston for a day...???

Hello, we are staying in Houston for one day on our way to Costa Rica. We will be there Dec 13-14 with our boys that are ages 6 & 8. Any suggestions on where to take them while we wait for our flight. We have 24 hours in Houston. Thanks!

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1. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

Nicole--

Usually mid-December isn't brutally cold here, so outdoor activities such as Houston's zoo http://www.houstonzoo.org/ and nearby Hermann Park could be fun for a few hours.

Nearby is the Houston Museum of Natural of Natural Science and the Cockrell Butterfly Center (a part thereof), both of which most kids of that age seem to really enjoy. http://www.hmns.org/

Another idea is the Children's Museum: http://www.cmhouston.org/

If the weather is rainy and cold, you could take them to The Galleria, where they could ice skate indoors, find all sorts of food and shops (many for you, too).

Others may suggest some other good ideas, as well. Welcome to Houston--have a great time!

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Are you renting a vehicle? Where is your hotel at? That will give an idea of some things to do.

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Thank you so much for the great suggestions!

Do you think the Space Center would be fun for their ages as well?

~NIcole

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4. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

We are probably going to pick a hotel close to the airport and from what I understand it will be the easiest if we rent a vehicle. I am open to suggestions. Thank you!

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5. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

Nicole--Here's the web site for the Space Center: http://spacecenter.org/attractions/ Some kids like it, others get bored quickly.

If you take the kids out there, you can count on at least half a day gone, between travel to/from the center plus the time it takes to see whatever portion you decide to see. It's hard to say whether you should opt for that as opposed to several choices within the city--I suggest you review the options (along with the other links provided earlier) with the kids to see how much time they want to spend there. If you're staying near IAH, it's approximately a one-hour drive from there to the center (possibly a little less on a Saturday).

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I think the 6 yr old might get bored pretty fast. There are some interactive games, but beyond that he might not be interested to see mission control and the training facilities etc. If you decide to go to NASA and if they do get bored, you can always go to Kemah Boardwalk and the kids can go on the rides and look at the fish in the aquarium.

Taking the cost of tickets to NASA and how far it is, the Children's Museum might be the better option. Renting a car is almost a must do. Enjoy Houston and have fun in CR. Driving in Houston is a lot better than driving in CR.

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7. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

Thank you for the advice and great suggestions! It will make our layover much more enjoyable.

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My 9 year old grandson really enjoyed the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the mineral and gems exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

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9. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

I totally agree with Wally, the Museum of Natural Sciences is awesome and it's in Hermann Park where the big Houston Zoo is also located.

http://www.hmns.org

http://www.houstonzoo.org

http://www.hermannpark.org/inside_park.php (Map of Hermann Park)

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10. Re: What to do in Houston for a day...???

I forgot about the Houston Children's Museum. It is about 3-4 blocks from Science Museum:

http://www.cmhouston.org

Also, inside the Science Museum is a McDonald's for your dining pleasure/convenience.