(photo credit: houstonmuseumdistrict.org)

(photo credit: houstonmuseumdistrict.org)

Day trips are an excellent way to experience a destination area. It could be a trip to a tourist attraction, sporting event or place of entertainment, and because the trip is brief, it usually means the price is affordable. The knowledge gained on a day trip can help individuals determine if enough positive qualities exist to justify a longer trip in the future. Here are some great places to consider for a Houston day trip on a shoestring budget of under $100 per day.

Space Center Houston
1601 Nasa Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 244-2100

Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is one of the city’s top attractions for family entertainment. Visitors can walk through the main section of the Space Center and take part in the interactive exhibits that provide education on the vastness of outer space while the kids enjoy the special areas and exhibits created just for them. A walk to mission control allows tourists a chance to see the actual area where engineers and scientists helped guide the astronauts on the first ever voyage to the moon. A visit to the gift shop for a souvenir along with the ticket price is easily within budget at the Johnson Space Center.

Houston Museum District
1401 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 715-1939

Houston has a large number of museums and most of them can be found just south of downtown in an area known as the Houston Museum District. This area contains of about 20 different museums ranging from historical museums to natural science and more. Most of the museums in the district charge a low price for admission and several are offered completely free of charge. The low cost of admission makes a day in the Houston Museum District an affordable excursion, even for a family of four.

Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
(800) 582-4673

The premier attraction in the Galveston area, Moody Gardens is a great place for a family day trip. Located just south of Houston, Moody Gardens offers multiple attractions such as the Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum and Ridefilm theater. There is even a paddlewheel boat to ride and a large gift shop loaded with related games, books, clothing and other items. A visit to Moody Gardens is like spending a day in the tropics, all for a low price.

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Memorial Park Conservancy
6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-8403

A great way to get away from it all without traveling very far, Memorial Park is a large municipal park located very close to downtown and the Galleria area. Covering almost 1,500 acres, the park offers visitors a taste of nature right in their backyard, just minutes from home. Guests can hike trails, jog, visit an exercise station or take the kids to one of the playgrounds. A stop at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, located within the park, is a great way to wrap up the visit with some useful education on the plants and animals that inhabit this urban nature oasis while still keeping personal costs under control.

Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 285-3624

Located just south of Houston’s city limits, Kemah Boardwalk is a top family attraction. Many visit Kemah for its amusement park rides and this aspect of the Kemah Boardwalk is what makes it such a hit with families. But this is only the beginning, as the Kemah Boardwalk also includes dozens of restaurants, stores and other attractions overlooking the waters of Galveston Bay. A sightseeing cruise aboard a yacht is a great way to conclude this day trip and still keep the total cost below $100 per person.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.