A few years ago, my husband had to travel to Houston for business, and I joined him with our young daughter. Because Daniel was so busy with work, I kept myself and our toddler busy, and we really enjoyed ourselves!
We explored downtown Houston, visited Discovery Green Park, and shopped at the Galleria.
What’s funny is, I remember thinking Houston was super humid- in October. This was obviously before we moved to Georgia and I got to experience that summer heat!
When you’re traveling with a toddler, you need activities that are easy to get to, and don’t take too long- can’t skip over nap time or no one is going to be happy! While the whole family can enjoy many of these activities, this list is specifically geared towards toddlers, and what that age would consider fun things to do.
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If you’re visiting Houston with your family and you have a toddler, here is a list of the best places to take your little one.
Things To Do In Houston With Toddlers
Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park and has more than 4,500 animals! This zoo is great for the whole family, but what makes it especially great for toddlers is the Wildlife Carousel, the animal encounters, and the petting zoo.
Children’s Museum Houston
The highly rated Children’s Museum in Houston has a ton of hands-on activities for toddlers. The museum has a toddler area (Tot-Spot) for children birth to 3 years old, and its perfect for encouraging imaginative play.
Located in the heart of Houston, Downtown Aquarium is full of fun things for children of all ages. What is unique about this location is you won’t only get to see all sorts of cool creatures like alligators and pufferfish and even tigers, but the aquarium also has rides, including a carousel, ferris wheel and “Aqua Wheel.”
Downtown Aquarium is essentially a restaurant with activities, and somewhat pricey- however, kids will enjoy it and its inside if you need some air conditioning.
NASA Space Center
We visited NASA Space Center with our toddler, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. However, it actually went really well and she had a lot of fun running around the space center, and thought the tram tour was a good time. We did get a little hot being outside, but luckily there is a good mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Discovery Green Park
Discovery Green Park is a 12-acre park right in Downtown Houston. There is a large playground as well as a splash pad (Gateway Fountain) for warmer weather.
If you want to do some shopping at the Galleria, there’s a perfect little free indoor playground for toddlers called Little Galleria. If your little one gets tired of the stroller, or if you want to find something free and indoors, this is a great place to let your kiddo burn off energy.
Donovan Park in Houston Heights has really cool and unique playground equipment that your kids will love. There are rope bridges and a wooden fortress!
Buffalo Bayou Park
Buffalo Bayou Park is a really large, pretty green space near downtown. There are many great walkways and trails for pushing as stroller, and there’s a really cool nature play area for children, with a stream and waterfall, tree house, climbing logs, and a slide. Lots of fun activities for toddlers!
Levy Park is an urban park in the Upper Kirby District. It has an enormous park with a playground and there are often children’s events, so check out their calendar. They also have a splash pad to cool off!
There are plenty of things to do in Houston with toddlers, let us know if you try any of these!