There’s no avoiding the fact that Houston is notoriously hot. It feels like every year Houston reaches new highs and has another record-breaking day. Thankfully, Houston also has many ways to beat the heat. Check out some fun ways to stay cool this summer in the Bayou City.
How to Beat the Heat in Houston
With exceptionally hot temperatures and long summer days, you need several ways to chill. Especially with kids on summer vacation, it’s hard to stay home every day. So, what can you do to entertain them and still beat the heat? We’ve listed how you can keep your kids happy and out of the sun by going out to pools, water parks, or movies.
1. Visit a Museum
Staying indoors is a great way to beat the heat and learn something new. In fact, Houston is home to over 19 museums! These museums are everything from historic, such as the Holocaust Museum, to playful, like the Children’s Museum. Plus, many Houston museums participate in free museum Thursdays, free admission during certain hours every Thursday. (Check out individual museums for hours.)
2. Watch a Play or See a Concert
Support local talent and stay cool indoors by visiting a show at one of the many concert venues in Houston and listen to live music. Venues include White Oak Music Hall in the Heights, House of Blues Downtown, or Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land.
3. Get Lost Watching a Movie
There are so many summer blockbusters, it’s hard to avoid going to the movie theatres. Try catching a flick at one of Cinemark’s recently renovated locations with full recliners. The River Oaks district has also gained an upscale movie theatre, iPic, that has couches, blankets, and food service.
4. Jump Into a Pool
Visiting a local pool and having fun in the sun is a classic way to beat the heat. This is a great way to meet new people, make playdates for kids, or get a tan. Thankfully, Houston has 37 outdoor pools and 29 water spray grounds, which means it’s likely there’s a pool near you.
If you’re concerned for pool safety, the City of Houston also puts on Swimwise courses. If you or your children haven’t learned to swim, this is a great time to learn. These free classes are located around Houston and take anyone from beginner to advanced skill level. You can register online for one of the four two-week courses.
5. Visit a Water Park
Dive into summer fun by visiting a local Houston water park. Typhoon Texas in Katy, Texas opened up just a couple years ago. This water park has everything from a lazy river and tidal pool to fast water slides. For young kids, there’s a special section catered for children ages 3-10.