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Top Activities for Older Adults in Houston

The world’s largest medical center. No state income tax. Houston certainly knows the way to a retiree’s heart. But outstanding healthcare and financial incentives are only the tip of the Texas Longhorn horns. Houston’s unique blend of city sophistication and small-town charm is attracting seniors like a beacon of light. Whether you’re discovering its extensive culinary scene, experiencing cultural enrichment, or just perched on a bench enjoying some of the 50,000 acres of parkland, Houston puts the active in an active lifestyle.

Check out these things to do in Houston for seniors.



Space Center Houston

Ground control to seniors. Space Center Houston is designed to thrill and engage both you and the grandkids. From the amazing array of traveling exhibits and events, to the world’s largest collection of moon rocks to a peek behind the scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is at the top of Houston’s to-do list.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most widely visited museums in the country and is high on the list of favorite senior citizen activities in Houston. A general admission ticket grants full access to all the permanent exhibitions, including Ancient Egypt, Texas Wildlife, and the largest dinosaur hall in North America. While you’re on the premises, treat yourself to the wonderful world of butterflies and insects in the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology. After a day of dinos and butterflies, the grandkids will be begging for a return visit.

Houston Botanical Gardens

The official mission of the Houston Botanical Gardens is to “enrich life through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment,” but as an experience to enjoy on your own or with others, it is so much more. With its whimsical soundtrack, this Houston gem becomes a living museum that showcases the region's biodiversity while providing an opportunity for a serene time out on your own, or with family and friends.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Considered a signature event, on par with Mardi Gras or New Year’s Eve at Times Square, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. The 20-day-long event features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, a dedicated area for kids, world-class shopping, and of course, pig racing. Grab your cowboy hat and get in on the action.

Day Trip to Galveston

Looking for the perfect day trip? Hop in the car and reach Galveston in just under one hour. Stroll along The Strand, Galveston’s most popular destination for shopping, dining, and people-watching. If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll also appreciate the impressive and well-preserved concentration of Victorian buildings. Don’t forget your beach towel. Galveston is also famous for its 30-plus miles of sand and surf. Bring the grandkids – or just the kid in you – to Moody Gardens and explore the rainforest and aquarium. Before heading back to Houston, take a sunset cruise or just pull up a piece of beach and enjoy a sunset cocktail. Ahhhh.

Houston CityPASS

Save time and money with the Houston Houston CityPASS®, which provides not only admission but priority access to Houston’s top attractions, including the Space Center and The Museum of Natural Sciences. The pass is good for up to 9 days.

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