There’s nothing quite like beautiful summer weather to get you itching for adventure. Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or soak up the sun, the Houston area near The Woodlands is full of potential. Feel like a tourist in your own neighborhood by exploring these local attractions!


1. George Bush Park 


Less than an hour’s drive from The Woodlands into Houston, George Bush Park is a perfect place for a relaxing day trip. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic areas in the park. Spend your afternoon getting in touch with the wildlife in the Nature Preserve near Barker Reservoir, or brush up your target shooting at the range. Be sure to check out the Model Airplane fields before heading home! This outdoor park named for former President George H.W. Bush has something for just about anyone.


2. Houston Museum District


Hot weather getting you down? Spend a day (or more) beating the heat in the 19 museums in Houston’s Museum District. Stop by the Contemporary Art Museum or the Asia Society Texas Center, which offer free admission year round. Absorb the diverse cultures of Texas in the Czech Center Museum, Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Holocaust Museum of Houston. Be sure to plan a trip for the last weekend in January, April, July or September to enjoy the cultural block, which showcases different museums every quarter, complete with family friendly programs and food trucks!


3. Downtown Aquarium 


The historic Central Waterworks Building and Fire Station number one have been re-purposed in downtown Houston to create a beautiful water wonderland in the Downtown Aquarium. Boasting a 500,000 gallon tank, the aquarium houses over 200 species of water creatures. Take a break between exhibits to enjoy lunch in the on-site restaurant! Or, plan an evening trip to the aquarium for Friday night Latin Beats night, where you can enjoy a live band and partake in salsa dancing from 7-10 pm all summer long!


Living in communities at Bonterra at Woodfest, Del Webb the Woodlands or Windsor Hills means you are always within driving distance of the bustling Houston attractions, but with the peace and quiet you deserve. Plan your day trip today!