Houston Summer Outdoor Fun

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Yes, we know Houston gets HOT but with a little advance planning and a full arsenal of bug spray, sunscreen, and snacks, there is still tons to enjoy outside this summer. We are here to help with Houston outdoor fun ideas!

Houston Outdoor Fun

  • Plan a trip to a new-to-you park. Houston is FULL of parks and playgrounds for all ages and abilities!
  • Why not grab a limited-time McDonald’s Minute Maid Slushie to enjoy on your way home from the park? Great way to cool down and keep spirits up!
  • Speaking of parks, did you know that there are FIVE fabulous Texas state parks within 90 minutes of Houston? Get exploring!

  • Summertime is for eating delicious fruit, and what better way to enjoy fresh strawberries, blueberries and more than picking your own fruit?
  • Make a trip to the Houston Zoo Before you go, be sure to check out our mom-tested tips for a successful {not stressful} day at the zoo PLUS reserve your tickets here.
  • The kids will love visiting the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area at Buffalo Bayou Park. They’ll play in the sand, climb rocks and logs, and fly down the 33 foot slide!
  • Visit one of Houston’s premier waterparks! Are you brave enough to try the Bullchute at Typhoon Texas, a 7 story free fall down an open air slide? Can you handle the Frio Falls at Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures?
  • Before the scorching heat sets in, grab the sunscreen, water bottles and the whole family for an outdoor hike, right here in the city!


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Meagan is a Dallas native who has lived in the Katy area for over a decade. She kicked a soccer ball all the way to Louisiana to attend college at her family’s alma mater of LSU, where she promptly fell in love with a Texas Aggie in Baton Rouge for an internship. After swimming back to Texas following Hurricane Katrina, Matt and Meagan fell in love with the Houston area and now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Following several years of infertility, their miracle twins Ryan and Quinn were born in June of 2010. She believes there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, a large Sonic Diet Coke, sushi take-out, Girls Nights Out, and a mindless book to curl up with. Besides playing chauffeur and catering to the whims of her children, Meagan also is the Co-Owner of Houston Moms Blog. You can keep up with Meagan at The Clanahan Fam and on Instagram @meaganclanahan!


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