Finish Your Summer Bucket List

We all know summer in Houston can be sticky and hot, but that shouldn’t stop you from being spontaneous, finding new adventures and checking out new places. For those of you with kids or grandkids, there is still a couple weeks before school starts and plenty of time for fun.

If you created a summer bucket list, it’s time to finish it up! And if you never created a list but are looking for a way to stay busy or see sights of the city, here are 15 great ideas.

  1. Houston has more than 56,400 acres of parks. Some of the newer parks include Levy Park in Upper Kirby and the interactive Alice in Wonderland sculpture at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire.
  2. Houston also has 37 free swimming pools open through August. Other pools like the Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center and Noah’s Ark Pool at Quillian Center charge a daily admission rate. Plus, the Houston Parks Department also operates 29 awesome, free splash pads.
  3. Burp the bayou! There is a mysterious red button located on the Preston Street Bridge (515 Preston St.) over Buffalo Bayou that’s just begging to be pressed. Hit it and then run to the center of the bridge to see a big bubble erupt just a few seconds later.
  4. After your done burping the bayou, visit the nearby Houston Aquarium or take a kayak on the Buffalo Bayou, exploring the 3-mile stretch from Lost Lake to Allen’s Landing.
  5. Summer is all about fun in the sun, but air conditioning is really nice too. If you’re going to stay instead, get cultured! Try the Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Children’s Museum of Houston.
  6. Watch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater or attend a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.
  7. Bring a blanket to watch Field of Dreams on Aug. 24 on the lawn at Market Square Park.
  8. Visit Hermann Park and enjoy the manufactured breeze on the 18-minute train ride.
  9. Now through September, you can visit to the Space Center to see the interactive Above and Beyond exhibit and try out flight simulators.
  10. If you’ve already visited the Houston Zoo — a must for your list — check out the open range Bayou Wildlife Zoo, which features a safari-like ride to see and feed all the animals.
  11. Visit the Kemah Boardwalk and get your live music fix Rock the Dock series every Thursday night until August 16.
  12. The Port of Houston Authority offers free 90-minute boat tours of the port.
  13. Austin isn’t the only city with a large colony of Mexican free-tailed bats! Arrive about 15 minutes before sunset to see the bats leaving the Waugh Bridge every night to eat.
  14. Visit a working farm! All We Need Farm, Blessington Farms, Froberg’s Farm, Fruit ’N Such Orchard and Old MacDonald’s Farm, are all short drives from Houston.
  15. Finally, it’s not summer without watching the World Series Champion Houston Astros play a game of baseball.

Jocelyn Sexton is a marketing and corporate communications professional with more than 15 years of writing experience. She is a passionate storyteller and has worked in a variety of industries, including a stint in state government where she worked to promote Texas food with the Department of Agriculture. She earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has an undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from the University of North Texas.

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