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Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

1. Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

This flexible CityPASS is the perfect way to explore some of Houston’s top attractions.  Simply present your mobile ticket at each attraction for entry.     Houston CityPASS includes admission to: 1- Space Center Houston - Explore the wonders of space and let your imagination soar. Go behind the scenes and experience the past, present and future of human space exploration. Arrive early to join in on a free tram tour to NASA Mission Control room; space is limited. 2- Downtown Aquarium - Experience the wonder of the underwater world at the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. Discover over 300 species of marine life from around the globe, touch and feed live stingrays, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bengal tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. 3- Houston Museum of Natural Science - Delight in the natural world and experience four floors of dynamic permanent exhibits that will entertain and educate every age group. See real-life dinosaur skeletons in the Morian Hall of Paleontology exhibit. 4- Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston Zoo - Majestic elephants, red pandas, chimpanzees and rhinos are just a few animals you can find at the Houston Zoo. This accredited zoo is home to over 6000 animals and 900 species with a mission to save animals in the wild. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Explore one of the largest museums in the U.S., home to nearly 70,000 works of art from around the world, from antiquity to the present. Take advantage of an ever-changing schedule brimming with activities and programs for all ages! 5- Kemah Boardwalk OR Children’s Museum of Houston Kemah Boardwalk - Enjoy this unique Boardwalk which is full of amusement rides, nine waterfront restaurants, shopping, midway games, live entertainment and weekend festivals. Brave the Bullet rollercoaster, ride the train and Ferris wheel, and plunge 140 feet on the Drop Zone. Kemah Boardwalk appeals to all kids – young and old!   Children’s Museum of Houston - At this playground for the mind, your children will harness the power of water as FlowWorks unleashes a tsunami of wet, wild fun; run an entire city at Kidtropolis; leap, jump, crawl and climb up PowerPlay; and create, concoct and invent their own gadgets in the Invention Convention.

Houston: Museum of Natural Sciences Ticket

2. Houston: Museum of Natural Sciences Ticket

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of natural science with an entrance ticket to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the USA’s most-visited museums. See spectacular mineral specimens, dinosaur skeletons, space-station models, and much more. Gaze at dozens of prehistoric beasts in the Morian Hall of Paleontology, brought to life in lively displays that animate their struggle to survive. See a blue topaz crystal of more than 2,000 carats in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. Celebrate the diversity of America’s indigenous peoples in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas. Come face to face with wildlife ecology at the Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife, or learn about shell science and the study of molluscs at the Strake Hall of Malacology.

Houston: Space Explorer Pass

3. Houston: Space Explorer Pass

Spend your day learning about space and space exploration at two different attractions in Houston. Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about the NASA Mission and astronaut training. Explore space at the Burke Baker Planetarium, which offers an unprecedented immersive experience with a best-in-class projection system.  Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts including the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples. As the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and areas used for astronaut training. At the Burke Baker Planetarium, the newly updated Digitar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. With this pass you'll also gain entry to the Museum's permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy and space science plus a whole host of other topics focused a little closer to Earth!

Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

4. Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

Explore 8 of Houston's most exciting museums including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, Houston Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, and The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. Houston is known for many incredible museums. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 3-day option for more time to visit them all. This pass is activated upon first use and valid for the days you've selected.

Houston: Sightseeing Tour

5. Houston: Sightseeing Tour

Houston landmarks are more than worthy of the time and effort it would take to see and appreciate their beauty. With our tour, an expert guide will take you on a trip through the best sights, from the entertainment, historic and art districts to the Toyota Center and McGovern Centennial Gardens. Highlights on the tour include: - Green Park - George R. Brown Convention Center - Graffiti Park - Court district - Annunciation Catholic Church - Minute Maid Park - Harris county courthouse - Congress Plaza - The Rice Hotel And many more. With personal stories and an expert knowledge of the history of the city, your guide will show you all the highlights of Houston so you can really say you’ve seen the city. As one the most beautiful cities in the United States, Houston is indeed a metropolis of international renown, which boasts some marvelous landmarks. In just 3 hours you can see many of them for yourself, in a small and intimate group.

Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

6. Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Experience the sights and history of Houston, Texas, on this self-guided driving tour via an app for maximum flexibility, comfort, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. Start your tour by the bayou and learn about the deadly battles that took place along the river. Most stops along the tour have animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Then, visit Sam Houston Park, where past and present collide in the architecture, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse life of the area. Next, head to the Historic District and get to know some of Houston’s complex past. At Christ Church Cathedral, hear a quintessential story of the southern community back in the 1800s. Continue to Emancipation Park and get familiar with the significance of Juneteenth within Houston. As you drive through the Museum District, uncover the secrets behind some of Houston’s more notorious urban legends. Then, visit the grandest green space in the city: Hermann Park. The park even features a zoo. After that, swing through the famous Rice University and hear the tale of a wild senior prank pulled back in the ’80s, engineered by a student still known as “the mastermind.” Continue on to MacGregor Park and learn how the intense Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston. Then, hear about the importance of oil and gas to this city. Finally, get some stellar space facts and visit the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center.

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

7. Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

Take in Houston's main sites and attractions during a day trip. Explore the city's parks and districts and visit the Space Center to learn all about space exploration. Meet your guide outside the Toyota Center and climb aboard the van for your 3-hour guided tour of Houston. First, visit Green Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Next, get some great photos of art in Graffiti Park. Take in the entertainment district, followed by the court district. See the Annunciation Catholic Church and nearby Minute Maid Park. Next, visit the historic districts. Take in Harris county courthouse and Congress plaza and learn the history of the Rice Hotel before heading to the art district. See the Downtown Aquarium, Buffalo Bayou, and City Hall. Marvel at the Chevron Building Auditorium. Admire Houston Museum District with the stunning McGovern Centennial Gardens and much more. Then, visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States. Explore the red planet at the new Mission Mars exhibit. Enter a shuttle replica and enjoy a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era. Then, go on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration with the NASA Tram Tour. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

Houston: Museum Pass with Unlimited BCycle Bike Rental

8. Houston: Museum Pass with Unlimited BCycle Bike Rental

Discover 6 unique Houston Museum District institutions with Bcycle. Receive a BCycle Visitor Pass with unlimited hour-long rides. Enjoy the convenience of picking up and dropping off your bike at the different BCycle stations located outside of these venues.  Admission to these locations are included in the pass: • Asia Society Texas Center • Czech Center Houston • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum • The Health Museum • Holocaust Museum Houston • Houston Museum of Natural Science This combo package includes a BCycle Visitor Pass so you can visit the museums by bike.

Houston: Guided Tour of Downtown and Galveston Island

9. Houston: Guided Tour of Downtown and Galveston Island

Enjoy an inclusive experience when coming to Houston, with airport transfer and guided tours combined. Get custom pickup from the airport and driven to your hotel to settle in. Go through Downtown Houston and explore Galveston Island, all in one day, or over the course of your stay. Arrive at the airport and experience custom pickup at the time of your arrival. Check-in at your hotel and get comfortable after your flight. Then, opt to take both tours in the same day, or schedule them over your stay. On the Houston Tour, see all districts of the city, including Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center, BBVA Soccer Stadium, Discovery Green, Herman Park, the world's largest Medical district, Buffalo Bayou, and more. As you explore Galveston Island, walk along the Seawall, The Strand, the Wharf, Ship Channel, and see many historic homes that survived the storm of 1900. Dip your toes in the sand at Galveston's beaches and take in views of the Gulf of Mexico. At the end or your stay, feel at ease with a ride back to the airport.

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What people are saying about Houston Museum District

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Excellent experience. The Israel Guide is passionate about the city, which makes the Tour even more interesting, as it tells the history of the city and the state of Texas.

It was great!! We went to the Aquarium yesterday and today we went to the zoo. My girls loved it!! Tomorrow we will go to the science museum and we are very excited

Israel was a great tour guide! His love and knowledge for his city Houston made the experience even better! I recommend him!

Israel was such a great tour guide. I enjoyed seeing Houston through his eyes. He also took great pictures of me :)

Our guide, Israel was very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my tour immensely!