Spring break is just around the corner and for millions of school children, college students and their families, it represents a time for vacation travel. It could be a trip to a popular destination spot or some time spent in your local area. Houston has multiple options for spring break adventure seekers. Here are five spring break ideas for Houston residents or travelers to the area.

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

For a waterfront adventure, consider Kemah Boardwalk. Houston is just minutes away from vast, open water and nearby Galveston Bay represents the perfect short-distance waterfront getaway. The top attraction on Galvestion Bay is the Kemah Boardwalk. Known for its amusement park rides, waterfront restaurants and family entertainment, Kemah Boardwalk has something for everyone. There is no entrance fee at Kemah, so guests pay only for the rides they wish to take and the food and drink they want to purchase.

2026 Lockheed St.
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 770-9283

For a direct experience with water, plan a visit to Schlitterbahn. A water-themed attraction, Schlitterbahn is an actual waterpark ready to cool and refresh families and friends. It features pools, slides, chutes and other assorted fun. There is even a zipline for added adventure during the warmer months of the year. With its indoor structure, Schlitterbahn Galveston is perfect for protection from the weather and it makes a great place for a day of fun during the spring break season.

Museum District

Houston Museum District Association
1401 Richmond Ave., Suite 290
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 715-1939

For an educational experience, a visit to Houston’s famed Museum District is a must. The district includes 19 museums located within a 1.5-mile radius of Mecom Fountain and most are within walking distance of each other. Enjoy the vast art collections at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and then walk over to the Houston Holocaust Museum for a quick history refresher. Not only is it easy to walk from place to place, but many of the museums charge no admission fee for an economical spring break excursion.

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Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500

For lovers of biology, a short trip to the Houston Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon spring break day. The zoo is 55 acres in size and is home to more than 6,000 animals. Its size makes is easily navigable and its location is convenient. It is very close to the Museum District and many who visit the museums also include a short trip to the zoo to get in touch with nature.

Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 483-0123

For those who love discussing outer space and the extraterrestrial, the Johnson Space Center is the place to be. Guests can become educated on planets, stars, supernovas, constellations and the like while also learning about NASA space missions and the role the Johnson Space Center has played in each. You can even visit the famous Mission Control room where scientists help navigate the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Rockets, space capsules and other items are on open display, for an out-of-this-world spring break experience.

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