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There are some family experiences you can have anywhere, but we’re not here to entice you with those. Around Houston your family can pet a penguin, go on a treasure hunt and meet a real-life Willie Wonka without having to drive more than an hour or two. If you’re looking for activities that are anything but average, you’ve come to the right place!
Play explorers for a day by participating in Baytown’s GeoTour. Baytown is home to one of only four GeoTours in the state of Texas. Through the “Family, History, Nature Together GeoTour” visitors get the chance to hunt for hidden containers at 31 of Baytown’s landmarks, piece together a puzzle through codes on the containers, and earn swag at the end of the journey. While on this expedition through Baytown, families will visit the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center to see live baby gators, Pirate’s Bay Waterpark, Royal Purple Raceway, the Baytown Nature Center and more.
Don’t forget to stop by the tourism kiosk in the Baytown Buc-ee’s to pick up a passport or print a passport online here. The passport is your guide book for the journey and, when completed, your ticket to prizes like our minted Texas geocoin. The best part is that the GeoTour is free and fun for the entire family.
If you’d rather be an astronaut than an explorer, make plans now to visit Space Center Houston. Families can check out the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States or meander through more than 400 space artifacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display and at least three major exhibits a year.
Gator Country is an alligator theme park perfect for families who love daring adventure and learning. Guests get the chance to see small baby alligators, as well as Big Tex and Big Al, who both weigh in at 1,000 pounds and almost 14 feet. Gator Country has over 500 alligators and four species of crocodiles along with caimans, alligator snapping turtles, snakes and other reptiles, which means there is always something new to see.
To purchase your ticket to Gator Country or to learn more about the experience, click here.
For most of us, watching the “March of the Penguins” movie is the closest we’ve ever been to a penguin, but you don’t have to travel to Antarctica to go into the chilly world of these tough and resourceful birds. Moody Gardens’ 45-minute Penguin Encounters allows you to get up close to penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid. The good news is you only need to travel to nearby Galveston!
A combination aquarium and fish hatchery awaits visitors at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson. Besides the fact that you’ll be hard pressed to find a better exhibit of Texas marine life, the free admission can’t be beat. Stroll lazily in the vast aquariums that include the Gulf of Mexico, Salt Marsh, Coastal Bay, Jetty and Artificial Reefs or visit the 20-foot touch pool and handle marine animals such as blue crabs, hermit crabs, urchins and anemones.
Baseball games are long, which is why kids can sometimes get bored somewhere around the seventh inning stretch. Sugar Land’s Constellation Field had this in mind when it built the Children’s Memorial Hermann Play Land. Kids can cool off during the game with a variety of jungle equipment and slides, a carousel and splash pad. Parents have the added benefit of getting to watch Sugar Land's minor-league baseball team, the Skeeters, fight their way to the next Atlantic League Championship game while their kids play.
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