Space Center Houston
Go inside the multiple exhibit complex Independence Plaza, featuring the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 with the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence mounted on top.
Touch one of the few moon rocks on earth available to the public inside the Lunar Vault.
Stand close to multiple flown spacecraft, including Gemini V, Faith 7 and Apollo 17.
See history in the making aboard the NASA tram tour. The tram tour takes visitors to see the state-of-the-art working facilities where astronauts prepare and train for missions.
Walk inside the massive Skylab Trainer, where astronauts first trained for life in space.
Explore a comprehensive spacesuit collection, including astronaut Pete Conrad’s spacesuit, worn on the moon.
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast in the Louisiana Swamp. Enjoy wild encounters with gators, alligator snapping turtles and spotted gar, and see the crayfish, catfish and bullfrogs that make this a true Cajun Country experience.
Step back in time when you enter the Shipwreck. From inside the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish galleon, see the amazing diversity of species the ocean holds, including living coral reefs, a giant pacific octopus and a moray eel, plus a colorful array of fish.
Visit the lush Rainforest and keep an eye out for red-bellied piranhas and venomous freshwater stingrays. Enjoy the colorful displays of an emerald tree boa, rainforest frogs and beautiful birds.
Get a true hands-on experience at Stingray Reef, where you where you can touch and feed live stingrays.
See the incredible white tigers lounge and play in the ruins of the ancient Maharaja’s Temple, and learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts to help their cousins in the wild.
410 Bagby Street at Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77002
Hours adjusted seasonally.
Occasional early closures or late openings may occur due to private events.
Please contact Downtown Aquarium to check current hours when planning your visit.
(713) 223-FISH (3474)
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Embark on a “prehistoric safari” that also includes the grand saga of human evolution — from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters.
View some of the rarest and most stunning crystallized mineral specimens in the world, such as The Alma Queen, a brilliant red rhodochrosite that is one of the most famous specimens in mineralogy.
Catch of glimpse of life in ancient Egypt and see hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, including three mummies and no less than a dozen coffins.
Explore all of Africa without leaving Houston, with over 120 specimens of African wildlife on display, plus engaging interactives and films exploring African wildlife ecology and conservation.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Admire the Houston Zoo’s newest addition: Gorillas. Their power is legendary. Their movements, majestic. Their presence, simply awesome. Experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful, up close and incredible.
Watch young elephants splash around in their 80,000-gallon pool, or walk down a winding boardwalk to see a variety of endangered primates, including lemurs, mandrills, howler monkeys and more. Near the end, don’t miss the orangutans enjoying their play structure.
See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the Reptile & Amphibian House, and take an expedition from the coral reefs of the Pacific to the Amazon Basin and the Rift Valley lakes of Africa at the Zoo’s Kipp Aquarium.
Jump, slide, and climb at the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo, built especially for kids, and visit the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, where you can bring in items found in nature to trade for natural items in the Zoo’s collection.
Cool off at the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park, with 37 different water play features, like a friendly and colorful sea serpent, a tall “fill and spill” water tree, fountains, jets, misters and more. The park is open daily April 1 – October 31.
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Open daily, Mar-Nov 9am-7pm, Nov-Mar 9am-6pm
Hours may vary; check website for most up-to-date information.
Last entry one hour prior to close.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.