The official end of summer doesn’t come until September but with roughly one month left before kids head back to school, time is running out to take advantage of Houston’s many summer activities. Our last-minute Houston summer to-do list has activities you won’t want to miss, even if you don’t have children. 

Take Advantage of Summer Deals

You can enjoy many of Houston’s top attractions, including Typhoon Texas and most of its top museums at a discount through Sept. 3 with our Summer Fun Pass. Check out this and other Houston deals in the Houston Marketplace

Houston Zoo After Dark 

Want to experience the Houston Zoo without kids? You got it! The last Houston Zoo After Dark event of the summer takes place on Thursday, July 19. The theme for this adults-only event is Goin’ Country, so put on your boots and get ready to party country-style. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with two hours to explore the zoo followed by a party complete with live music and dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $35. Guests must be 21 and over.

Go to a Summer Concert

Listen to live music as you soak in the remaining days of summer. Some good bets include the Houston Symphony’s concert series at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, where you can enjoy The Music of David Bowie on July 19 for free on the lawn. Enjoy food from local food carts while you listen to a jazz concert by Da Camera on July 27 at the Museum of Fine Art’s new outdoor plaza. The Music on the Plaza series runs every Friday through Aug. 17. Dance the evening away with the energetic Latin sounds of Mariachi Imperial de America during the last concert of The Rothko Chapel’s Summer Sounds series on July 26.


Last-Chance Museum Exhibits 

Don’t miss out on these museum exhibits, which are winding down with the summer season. See centuries of royal treasures from India at the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, on view until Aug. 19. While you’re there, take advantage of days off school to check out Big Bambú, the interactive bamboo installation at MFAH before it closes on Sept. 3. There’s a chance you may want to visit this exhibit more than once. Over at The Health Museum, discover how the music and mind react to musical stimulation at Biorhythm: Music and Body until July 31. 

Splash Around in Houston’s Water Parks then Catch a Game

Make memories with friends and family this summer with the Summer Traditions Pass! Save more than 30% on single day entry to Typhoon Texas Waterpark and a grasslands ticket for a Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game. Pass valid through September 3, 2018. See more Houston water parks.

Dine Out For Charity

Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) kicks off on August 1 offering locals and visitors the chance to try some of the city’s top restaurants for $20 (lunch) and $35 or $45 (dinner). By ordering an HRW prix-fixe menu at a participating restaurant, you’re also helping out the Houston Food Bank, which receives part of the proceeds of all menus sold. The event runs through September 3.

A Day at the Beach

Spend at least one last day of fun in the sun and sand by heading to one of Houston’s nearby beaches. Crystal Beach, Galveston and Brazosport all provide good options for a day trip with friends and family. Read more about Houston’s nearby beaches here.