It’s always tough getting through this tough Texas weather without breaking a sweat.
There’s no such thing as a dull day in Houston. A humid, windy city already laced with attractions will always keep people entertained during their stay—whether it be for vacation or just a weekend getaway. If your family is hungry for outdoor fun, there are plenty of opportunities awaiting all ages to enjoy themselves!
If you love spending time with the family but the Texas heat wears you out, you might want to check out our top picks for things to do in Houston with kids to beat the summer heat!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark has many other locations around Texas, and if you’re in the Houston area a visit to this awesome waterpark is a perfect choice if you are looking for amazing slides and water coasters! 

This is Texas’ favorite water park, so we are sure it won’t let you down!

2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, TX 77554, USA

Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is a top choice for waterparks and things to do during summer with kids!

With over 40 slides and attractions, is a great choice for families who want to cool off and have a great time! This outdoor water park features many slides, relaxing pools, and more!

21300 Interstate 45 North, Spring, Texas, USA

We know there also are families who just don’t like summer and warm days.

 If this is your case, you can do something that reminds you of winter and enjoy some ice-skating at the Galleria. Take a break from the heat outside and learn some new tricks. You can go window shopping at the Mall after!

5015 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, USA

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM | Tuesday & Thursday: 10:30 AM– 5:45 PM | Saturday: 11 AM – 7:30 PM | Sunday: 12 PM– 7 PM

Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green

If you don’t feel like spending much but still need to cool off your little ones, you can visit the Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green!

This is one of the most popular attractions at Discovery Green, and of the most popular splash parks in town.

While you’re here, you can also visit the playground, the motorized boats, and much more fun stuff!

1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX

Fountain hours: Open on Mondays from noon – 7 PM and Tuesday – Sunday from 9 AM – 7 PM

Another awesome option to beat the summer heat is visiting Splashway Waterpark in Sheridan.

Families will relax or take a dip in the pool, ride on the amazing water slides, and more! Both adults and kids will enjoy the atmosphere at Splashway!

5211 Main Street, Sheridan, Texas 77475, USA

Monday-Saturday 10 AM -6 PM | Sunday 12 PM -6 PM

Visit Hermann Park’s Splash Pad

The splash pad at Hermann Park has all the features a splash pad should have and more!

It is located in the Museum District area, and next to a real sandy beach so there’s plenty to do before or after the water fun!

6001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX

Daily, 6 AM- 10 PM

Downtown Aquarium Splash Pad

Outside Downtown Aquarium, you’ll find a great splash pad which is totally free!

After visiting the amazing aquarium with cool rides and awesome things to see, kids can have a splash right outside!

410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

Daily, 10 AM- 8 PM

At Typhoon Texas Houston, families will experience the thrills of waterslides, float on the lazy river, enjoy live entertainment, play at the Texas-sized wave pool, and so much more! If you are looking to spend a nice and fun family day, this is the right choice!

555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494, USA

If you’re looking for more places to beat the summer heat beyond Houston city limits, make sure to check out our list of Places to Beat the Summer Heat with Kids in Texas!