Houston Summer: Worth the Drive

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Summer is the perfect time for my two favorite words—road trip! There are a host of Insta-worthy destinations just a day’s drive from Houston with more to do than you may think. So, grab some snacks, the sunscreen, your favorite playlist, and let’s hit the road for one or more day trips!

Houston Summer: Worth the DrivePlease Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect for any of these day trips, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.

Austin, TX – 165 miles

Day Trips from Houston: Austin Zoo

I prefer to take my time in the music capital so I might stay the weekend, but if you feel like hopping on back, definitely a day trip option!

Train in Austin

Brenham, TX – 76 miles

Day trips from Houston: Blue Bell

While they may be famous for housing a certain delicious sugary confection, day trips to Brenham have more to offer in the down-home fun department!

Kids eating ice cream at Blue Bell

Conroe, TX – 42 miles

Day trips from Houston: Lake Conroe

Our neighbor right up the road has a lot to offer, from black light mini golf to splash-a-rrific aquatic center!

Conroe Aquatic Center

Galveston Island, TX – 56 miles

Texas Oil Derick Aquarium inside Moody Gardens in Galveston Texas

The island offers its fair share of water activities and museums, not to mention the best taffy pull in Texas!

Day Trips to Galveston

Kemah, TX – 34 miles

Our own version of Coney Island, Kemah is a great spot for a quick day trip getaway and has something for everyone.

New Braunfels, TX – 175 miles

Day trips and New Braunfels Tubing

They may be known for the hottest, coolest time in Texas, but there’s more fun to be had during day trips to this German town! {After all of that water and sun I prefer to spend the night, but that’s just me.}

New Braunfels Water Park

San Antonio, TX – 197 miles

Day trips to Morgan's Wonderland

With a host of theme parks and the bustling Riverwalk, it’s easy to plan a fiesta in San Antonio

  • Become besties with Shamu and high-five a seal at SeaWorld San Antonio.
  • Goliath, Batman, Boomerang—they’re all waiting for you at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Morgan’s Wonderland is a theme park for children of all ages and abilities. {Built with his special needs daughter in mind.} 
  • There’s plenty to see, taste, and do at the River Walk, but wear comfy shoes! 
  • Have breakfast with giraffes or go behind the scenes with hippos at the San Antonio Zoo

Day Trips to Fiesta Texas

Wimberley, TX – 182 miles

Brandy Dykes Photography

A quiet spot tucked away in the Texas hill country, Wimberley is an ideal destination for nature-loving families who love day trips.

Wimberley Zip Line


Day Trips to Texas State Parks

While you’re packing the picnic basket for your day trips, don’t forget your scenic state parks and other nature adventures!


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Kirsten C. was born and raised in Texas Hill Country. After becoming a hopelessly devoted Bobcat and earning a degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations at Texas State University, she was wooed by the never-ending culinary options and vibrant street art of Houston and became a transplant. By day she is a marketing enthusiast for a downtown engineering firm, and by night, an over-the-top {and unashamed} dog mom. She and her husband William are licensed foster parents—advocating for children and families—who hope to one day grow their family through adoption. You can follow their unruly journey on their blog, Cornell Chaos. When she’s not trying a new restaurant, playing behind the lens of a Cannon, piddling in the yard, or scouring markets for hidden gems, Kirsten is often found teaching student ministry through Kingsland Baptist Church or escaping at a local coffee spot.


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