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Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of natural science with an entrance ticket to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the United States most-visited museums. See spectacular mineral specimens, dinosaur skeletons, space-station models, and much more. Gaze at dozens of prehistoric beasts in the Morian Hall of Paleontology brought to life in lively displays that animate their struggle to survive. See a blue topaz crystal of more than 2,000 carats in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. Celebrate the diversity of America’s indigenous peoples in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas. Come face to face with wildlife ecology at the Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife, or learn about shell science and the study of mollusks at the Strake Hall of Malacology.

Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

2. Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

This flexible CityPASS is the perfect way to explore some of Houston’s top attractions.  Simply present your mobile ticket at each attraction for entry.     Houston CityPASS includes admission to: Space Center Houston – Explore the wonders of space and let your imagination soar. Go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center and experience the past, present and future of human space exploration. Experience the newly restored Apollo Mission Control Center and see the room as it was when humans first landed on the Moon. Visit Independence Plaza, a breathtaking exhibit where you can explore the authentic shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905, with the full-sized replica, Independence, mounted atop. Plus get admission to 4 more attractions of your choice: Downtown Aquarium - Experience the wonder of the underwater world as you tour the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. Discover over 300 species of marine life from around the globe, touch and feed live stingrays, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bengal tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. Houston Museum of Natural Science - Delight in the natural world at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, with four floors of dynamic permanent exhibits that will entertain and educate every age group. Explore the vast timeline of fossils, gems and minerals, African wildlife, Texan wildlife, and more. See prehistoric beasts "in action" at one of the largest dinosaur halls in the U.S. Learn about the Americas’ indigenous peoples, explore energy development, and discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt. Houston Zoo - Discover playful bears, explore the world underwater, and watch as elephants make a splash. When you visit the Houston Zoo, you’re doing more than seeing these and the thousands of other animals. You’re lending a hand to help save animals in the wild. Kemah Boardwalk - Enjoy amusement rides, nine waterfront restaurants, shopping, midway games, live entertainment and weekend festivals. Brave the Bullet rollercoaster, ride the train and Ferris wheel, and plunge 140 feet on the Drop Zone. Children's Museum of Houston - At this playground for the mind, your children will harness the power of water as FlowWorks unleashes a tsunami of wet, wild fun; run an entire city at Kidtropolis; leap, jump, crawl and climb up PowerPlay; and create, concoct and invent their own gadgets in the Invention Convention. Rated #1 Children’s Museum by Parents magazine. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Explore one of the largest museums in the U.S. The MFAH is home to nearly 70,000 works of art from around the world, from antiquity to the present. Take advantage of an ever-changing schedule brimming with activities and programs for all ages!

Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

3. Houston: Holocaust Museum Houston Entry Ticket

Discover the history of Holocaust Museum Houston with this entry ticket. See the museum's permanent exhibitions and pay your respects to the innocent victims of the Holocaust. Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people on the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, and honoring survivors' legacies. Using lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides, the museum strives to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy. See the museum's five permanent exhibitions, including the Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery. Explore the historical evolution of human rights and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document that set the foundation for the modern-day human rights movement. Admission is free on the following holidays: Human Rights Day – December 10, 2022 International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2023 Yom HaShoah – April 18, 2023 Walter Kase Free Admission Day – May 5, 2023 Stefi Altman Free Admission Day – May 14, 2023 The Museum is free to all on Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Houston: Space Explorer Pass

4. Houston: Space Explorer Pass

Spend your day learning about space and space exploration at two different attractions in Houston. Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about the NASA Mission and astronaut training. Explore space at the Burke Baker Planetarium, which offers an unprecedented immersive experience with a best-in-class projection system.  Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts including the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples. As the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and areas used for astronaut training. At the Burke Baker Planetarium, the newly updated Digitar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. With this pass you'll also gain entry to the Museum's permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy and space science plus a whole host of other topics focused a little closer to Earth!

Houston: Children's Museum of Houston Entry Ticket

5. Houston: Children's Museum of Houston Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Children’s Museum Houston and let your children run, play, explore, learn, touch, smell, feel, and so much more in a variety of different exhibits. Exhibits regularly change so visiting multiple times is still fun for both locals and visitors alike. Current exhibits may include: • Tot*Spot (ages 0-35 months): Perfect place for the youngest guests to play and grow their brains (reopening September 20, 2022) • EcoStation (ages 2+): Explore the native plant garden, solar-powered research pavilion, woodland area, and the pond habitat • Cyberchase (ages 3+): A math adventure where forces join with the CyberSquad in their quest to save Cyberspace • FlowWorks (ages 5+): Learn about the forces and properties of water with waves, rapids, vortices, and hydropower • Heart and Seoul (ages 3+): Immerse your child in South Korean culture through the lives of children in Seoul • Inventor's Workshop (ages 3+): Use imagination to create extraordinary objects, mechanisms, and inventions • Genius Station (ages 4+): Discover your inner genius with the museum's very own science experts who are ready to answer all your questions • Challenge Course (ages 5+): Using agility, stamina, and balance, kids test out a 7-obstacle, low-rope course • How Does It Work (ages 5+): Conduct hands-on investigations around physical science concepts and how they appear in our everyday lives • Invention Convention (ages 5+): Unleash imagination inside this workshop filled with gadgets and gizmos that kids design and build • Kidtropolis, USA (ages 5+): A city for kids run by kids where kids choose what they want to be and work with other kids to make it function • Matter Factory (ages 5+): Explore the building blocks of matter while immersing yourself in the • Periodic Table of Elements • PowerPlay (ages 5+): Explore the science of nutrition, health, and exercise • Maker Annex (ages 8+): Be creative with 3-D printers, laser cutters, and more • Power Science Lab (ages 8+): Check out the science behind the body and the mind and overall health in a hands-on chemical wet lab • Kids' Hall (all ages): Traveling art and cultural exhibits from across the world with new activities introduced weekly • Parent Resource Library (all ages): A branch of the Houston Public Library right at the museum

Houston: GetOutPass

6. Houston: GetOutPass

The GetOutPass is the ultimate fun-pass. It works as an app on your smartphone. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to the best entertainment attractions in your area! Roller coasters, arcades, good times--we've got you covered. When you sign on to the GetOutPass, you'll get access to venues in Houston through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an “offer” specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, or special perks, just to name a few. Attractions Included with the GetOutPass Houston: Kemah Boardwalk - Kemah Pleasure Pier - Galveston Typhoon Texas - Katy Downtown Aquarium - Houston Houston Aquarium & Animal Adventure - Humble Houston Museum of Natural Science - Houston Jumping World Pasadena - Pasadena Houston SaberCats - Houston Bricks and Minifigs - Pearland Pinspiration Kingwood - Kingwood AGR Sports Indoor Paintball - Houston Copperfield Bowl - Houston MaxBowl - Humble DBAT - West Houston Humble SportsPlex - Humble Pinspiration Houston Heights - Houston Humble Family Skate Center - Humble Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade - Houston Exitus VR - Houston The Glazery art & fun - Missouri City Color Me Mine - Katy My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Atascocita Code Ninjas - Richmond Gulf Coast Archery - Webster Houston Karting Complex - Conroe Houston Axe Throwing- Bellaire Time to Spare Entertainment - Cut and Shoot MaxBowl - Baytown Houston Axe Throwing- Katy Painting with a Twist - Humble Paint Until You Faint - Richmond Tank's Gelly Ball - Richmond My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Spring Primary Paint Party - Prime Art Gallery - Houston Premier Martial Arts - Richmond Code Ninjas: Riverstone - Sugar Land Tanks Paintball - Richmond Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio - Sugar Land Texas Archery - Spring Paint with a Twist - Pearland Premier Martial Arts - Rosenberg Code Ninjas - Sugarland Pedego: West Houston - Fulshear MaxBowl - Port Arthur ShowBiz Cinemas - Liberty Lakes - Kingwood Houston Badminton Center - Stafford Pedego - Houston Heights ShowBiz Cinemas - Kingwood Premier Martial Arts - Shadow Creek - Pearland Crazy Dash - Houston Operation City Quest - Houston Puzzling Adventures - Houston 3Quest Challenge - Houston Wacky Walks - Houston Zombie Scavengers - Houston Ice at the Galleria - Houston Texas Entertainment Xperience - Texas City

Houston: Sightseeing Tour

7. Houston: Sightseeing Tour

Houston landmarks are more than worthy of the time and effort it would take to see and appreciate their beauty. With our tour, an expert guide will take you on a trip through the best sights, from the entertainment, historic and art districts to the Toyota Center and McGovern Centennial Gardens. Highlights on the tour include: - Green Park - George R. Brown Convention Center - Graffiti Park - Court district - Annunciation Catholic Church - Minute Maid Park - Harris county courthouse - Congress Plaza - The Rice Hotel And many more. With personal stories and an expert knowledge of the history of the city, your guide will show you all the highlights of Houston so you can really say you’ve seen the city. As one the most beautiful cities in the United States, Houston is indeed a metropolis of international renown, which boasts some marvelous landmarks. In just 3 hours you can see many of them for yourself, in a small and intimate group.

Best of Houston City Driving Tour with Local Guide

8. Best of Houston City Driving Tour with Local Guide

Enjoy a ride with the most-trusted Houston sightseeing tour company in a comfortable air-conditioned Sprinter 2500 van on our Best of Houston Small-Group Driving Tour. This is the ideal tour for any newcomer of Houston offering firsthand views of Houston's most noteworthy architecture, city districts, historical landmarks, green spaces, and 3 professional sporting venues. During this cool & cozy 2.5 hour ride, you will enjoy views and learn about Downtown Houston's skyline, the Museum District as well the wealthy River Oaks and West U neighborhoods where many Houston celebrities reside. In addition, tour guests will get an up-close perspective of the world's largest Medical District, original Astrodome, Houston’s graffiti art district, and historical city monuments. Along the ride, we will have planned stops including a photo-op in front of the tallest building in Texas and an elevated sky garden with Houston skyline views. Make sure to bring your smile, camera, and closest family & friends!

Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

9. Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

Explore 8 of Houston's most exciting museums including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, Houston Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, and The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. Houston is known for many incredible museums. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 3-day option for more time to visit them all. This pass is activated upon first use and valid for the days you've selected.

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

10. Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

Take in Houston's main sites and attractions during a day trip. Explore the city's parks and districts and visit the Space Center to learn all about space exploration. Meet your guide outside the Toyota Center and climb aboard the van for your 3-hour guided tour of Houston. First, visit Green Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Next, get some great photos of art in Graffiti Park. Take in the entertainment district, followed by the court district. See the Annunciation Catholic Church and nearby Minute Maid Park. Next, visit the historic districts. Take in Harris county courthouse and Congress plaza and learn the history of the Rice Hotel before heading to the art district. See the Downtown Aquarium, Buffalo Bayou, and City Hall. Marvel at the Chevron Building Auditorium. Admire Houston Museum District with the stunning McGovern Centennial Gardens and much more. Then, visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States. Explore the red planet at the new Mission Mars exhibit. Enter a shuttle replica and enjoy a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era. Then, go on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration with the NASA Tram Tour. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

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What people are saying about Houston Museum District

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4.6 / 5

based on 82 reviews

It was great!! We went to the Aquarium yesterday and today we went to the zoo. My girls loved it!! Tomorrow we will go to the science museum and we are very excited

Israel was a great tour guide! His love and knowledge for his city Houston made the experience even better! I recommend him!

Israel was such a great tour guide. I enjoyed seeing Houston through his eyes. He also took great pictures of me :)

Unfortunately, NASA was just far out of town. But there were still good travel opportunities.

Great experience for both kids and adults I would definitely buy again!!