Best Things to Do Along the Houston Rail with Kids
In 2004, Houston opened its very first light rail line. For a long time, the railroad only ran along a stretch of Main Street, which was very good but restrictive. Now the rail line makes a lot more stops, and it’s a practical alternative for people who live beyond the areas of Main Street. It attaches people from the Rice University Area towards the East End to the Northside of town, and also to U of H. If you are new to getting the rail, it’s amazingly easy to travel using it. You can pay for individual tickets or a re-loadable Q card at any rail station. The best part is that you do not have to cope with traffic or parking when taking the rail, which is two of Houstonians most recurrent issues. When you want to spend a day exploring the town, think about hopping on the rail!
Live Music at Last Concert
1403 Nance Street
Houston, TX 77002
Last Concert has been entertaining Houstonians since the 1940s. (That’s right, ask your grandparents about this place and see if they admit to coming here). When you’re ready to experience Houston’s oldest and most unique live music venue, come on out and see us and the eclectic mix of local, regional, and internationally acclaimed artists that we welcome to our backyard in Dawn’s Margarita Garden and Soundstage. – lastconcert.com
Play around Market Square Park
Houston, TX 77002
The bustling center of Downtown’s Historic District. Market Square Park is one square block, bounded by Milam, Preston, Travis, and Congress. Blankets, lawn chairs, food, and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome anytime, including park events. Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the park; beer and wine is sold at Niko Niko’s – marketsquarepark.com
Meet Your Animal Friends at Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife and is committed to being a leader in the global effort to save animals in the wild. We are home to over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide the highest standard in animal care. Each year, we welcome over two million guests who come to experience our incredible animals and ecosystems, and through their admission ticket or membership, help us fund the protection efforts of the counterparts of every species at the Zoo, in the wild. Through guests visiting the Zoo, we support 49 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries around the world. We are proud to be the second most visited Zoo in the US, and the most-attended cultural attraction in the region. – houstonzoo.org
Enjoy Outdoor Shows at Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is unique in the United States, offering an eight-month season of professional entertainment that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse, and always FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue, and it’s all FREE! Classical music, jazz, world music, and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much, much more are included in this year’s outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly! – milleroutdoortheatre.com
Watch Live Sports Events at BBVA Stadium
2200 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77003
We encourage guests to consider walking, biking, taking public transit, or carpooling to avoid traffic, save on gas and parking, and reduce your carbon footprint. Use the map above to find the best route based on your mode of transportation and location, and see below for information on specific options. – bbvastadium.com
Play at Discovery Green
Houston, TX 77010
Discovery Green is a 12-acre non-profit park and flexible entertainment space located in the heart of downtown Houston across Avenida de las Americas from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel. It is wheelchair accessible. Nearby destinations include the Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, GreenStreet and Houston Center. – discoverygreen.com