Houston Day Trips Get Everyone Outdoors

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020

Summer is here so make the most of it and spend a day or two enjoying the great outdoors. Sierra Vista’s prime location approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Houston means you can explore the city’s greenbelt and still be home in time for dinner.

Keep in mind that currently, even outdoor locations may require advance reservations. Call or check online then get out there and play.

The Houston Zoo

Home to more than 6,000 animals, the Houston Zoo is the second most visited zoo in the U.S. and the most-attended cultural attraction in the region. Animal lovers can explore 16 exhibits ranging from the Bug House to the Kipp Aquarium.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Bring a camera and prepare to explore one of the oldest nature education facilities in Texas. Admission to the 155-acre enclave is free and offers more than five miles of nature trails including forest, pond, wetland and meadow habitats.

Buffalo Bayou

Whether your family enjoys bikes or boats, Buffalo Bayou has something for you. There are many places to walk, jog and bike along the paths winding through Buffalo Bayou Park. There also are opportunities to rent kayaks and canoes.

Discovery Green Park

An idyllic park in downtown Houston, this 12-acre gem features a model boat pond, gardens and special events.

Hermann Park

This award-winning 445-acre urban park welcomes an estimated six million visitors a year. In addition to a train and pedal boats, the park offers numerous public gardens, an art walk and a Japanese contemplation garden. Kayaking is also available.

Haunted Houston Walking Tour

While not strictly a day trip, this spooky stroll through Houston’s downtown should be experienced at least once. The family-friendly tour covers 1.5 miles worth of haunted Houston sites.