We are all aware of how beautiful and exciting Houston can be. There is so much to do and countless places to go, things to see and people to meet. With so much to offer, you will definitely have the chance to capture memories at some of the most historic and gorgeous locations from around Houston. So pack up the family and get ready to enjoy some of the sights and sounds that Houston has to offer. To help inspire you, here are some of the top spots to take outdoor family pictures in and around the city.
Sam Houston Park
1100 Bagby St.
Houston, TX. 77002
(713) 655-1912

There’s no better park in which to take family pictures in Houston than the beautiful Sam Houston Park. Once at the park, visitors can take a stroll through the Heritage Museum, the Alexander Hodge Memorial and the Armillary Sphere for some quality photo opportunities. History buffs and those who appreciate history will be sure to fall in love with the Kellum-Noble House, St. John Church and the 4th Ward Cottage. This is a great place to make new memories while exposing the children to memories of the past.

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

Moody Gardens is gorgeous and although one may first think of the outside gardens for amazing family photo opportunities, this venue is host to several indoor attractions as well. Each attraction is designed to capture the essence of nature, even in inclement weather. So while gorgeous family memories may be made by posing against the backdrop of these pyramid-shaped attractions from the outside, don’t forget to turn your attention to the inside for unique, interesting and seasonal sites as well.

Battleship Texas
3523 Independence Pkwy. S.
La Porte, TX. 77571
(281) 479-2431

There’s no better place to take the family for a day out while preserving memories of a lifetime than the Battleship Texas, located only miles from downtown Houston. Not only for those who enjoy life at sea, but this 1,200-acre battlefield is filled with Texas history that can incorporate a fun family day and an educational experience. Make a day of it while taking a tour of the ship and the surrounding battlefield, stopping along the way to capture those all-important family photos.

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

Spend the day learning about nature and countless animals at the Houston Zoo. This is the ideal place to go for some superb photo opportunities with the kids while feeding the zoo animals, especially at the petting zoo. Little ones will be able to remember this experience forever after capturing all of those family memories together at various shows, tours and exhibits.

Bayou Wildlife Zoo
5050 FM 517 Rd.
Alvin, TX. 77511
(281) 337-6376

Take the family on a safari-like adventure at Bayou Wildlife Zoo. At this open range animal sanctuary, visitors will see and feed animals from all over the world as they roam freely across the 80 acres of natural habitat. Take advantage of this terrific photo opportunity as the kids get up close and personal with animals from 19 different countries including Africa, Asia, Australia and North and South America, with new animals being added all the time. Most Houston residents don’t have the opportunity to go on a real life safari, but at Bayou Wildlife Zoo, this experience is the next best thing.

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Melissa Moreno is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.