The official end of summer is a little more than one month away but with kids going back to school, the days of lazy mornings and trips to the pool are winding down. Before you bid summer farewell, plan to take advantage of Houston’s many activities and attractions. Read on for some ideas.

Splash Around Houston’s Water Parks

What better relief for Houston’s summer heat than heading to a water park? Houston has several good options. Typhoon Texas Water Park in Katy has 16 rides, 1.3 miles of slides, a 25,000 square foot wave pool, a kids play area, and a lazy river. Over in Spring, Wet N’ Wild Splashtown also provides endless fun with its variety of thrill rides, slides, kids areas, and more. See more Houston water parks.

Lego Bricks at The Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is worth a visit any time of the year but there’s at least one reason to add it to your last-minute summer activity list. The Art With Lego Bricks exhibit, which features animals built entirely from thousands of Lego bricks, closes on September 4, so head on over to check it out. While you’re there, cool off at the zoo’s splash pad. Read more.

Take a Trip To The Park

Houston has nearly 53,000 acres of parks and green space. While the city’s parks aren’t going anywhere when summer ends, summer is a great time to enjoy them every day of the week. Try the recently renovated Levy Park, which aside from its unique playground, free classes, and games, has a splash pad that the kids will love. Discovery Green’s is another good choice with its art installations, splash pad, and playground. If the heat is too much, Memorial City Mall has the country’s largest  indoor playground, Frolic’s Castle, that is free and fun for kids of all ages. Read on for more Houston parks.

Two For Tuesdays at The Downtown Aquarium    

Take advantage of discounted admission at the Downtown Aquarium. For the remaining Tuesdays in August, two people can enter this Houston attraction for the price of one (coupon here). Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Ferris wheel, aquatic carousel, white tiger exhibit and more. The complex also has a restaurant with a spectacular wall-to-wall aquarium view where the whole family can enjoy the aquarium’s surf and turf menu.

Dine Out For A Good Cause

Houston Restaurant Weeks, the five-week event in which the city’s restaurants offer fixed price menus to benefit the Houston Food Bank, ends on September 4. Don’t miss out on getting a taste of the city’s top restaurants for $20 (lunch), $35 or $45 (dinner). Many of the 250 participating restaurants are family friendly so you can also take the kids before they head back to school. Read more.

Catch an Astros Game    

The Houston Astros have had a must-see season so far. Don’t miss a chance to go to a ball game at Minute Maid Park before the last home game of the regular season on September 24. While you’re there, book a pre-game tour and take in the excitement of the park as it comes to life for game time.

Take a Day Trip

Houston is surrounded by many communities that offer visitors a variety of activities and attractions. From Galveston’s beaches and museums to birding in Port Arthur to great eats in Tomball, you can enjoy different scenery just a short drive away. Read more about activities beyond Houston.