First time user, great great value and experience.
posted by ColmLeyne on Dec 17, 2014
This is a no brainer.
1st time to Houston, stayed south of Houston in League City for first part of trip with friends. Very close to NASA and Kemah, which was super convenient. Considering we went during December lines we're never bad, but the skipping the line function I could see being so worth it in 100 degree weather in the summer.
NASA - Great family fun. The trams are the key to this. Loved seeing the rockets and old mission control. Super neat. Make sure to take the kids to the bathroom before going, as it is a one way ticket, with brief stops. Tip - push through everything early in the day, and do a tram to rest the legs, then go for a cheep lunch across the street at 5 Guys or something, as the food court food is crazy expensive and not as good. Other than that, loved this place. Also, without city passes this along would of cost almost over half the cost of city passes for the whole family.
Kemah - Off season, so not much happening, but beautiful and my 4 year old loved the kids rides. Unlimited rides was fun. Even a few good ones for the adults. Lots of places to play and eat.
Aquarium - Paid the parking, but I'm sure there's free parking nearby if you're up for a walk. With two kids, we just paid the 6 bucks. Was lots of fun as a post dinner night time adventure. Also, all the rides and stuff were lit up which was fun for the kid. Some fun easy rides as well. Paid for the shark train/tunnel thing and rides... maybe wouldn't do that again since we did Kemah, but it was good enough. The aquarium is nice, not massive. The random inclusion of White Tigers was fun to see. I think you're experience depends on if they're awake and playing or sleeping. The highlight for sure is petting the sting rays. This was fun, but the shortest trip of all the passes.
Houston Museum District - Go early, read and follow the tips about times and approx how much time you need in each. Yes some days these options can be free, but we did the natural museum and children's museum on the weekend simply because of our schedule. Worked out well on Sunday as there is nearby free parking all day in park by Sam Houston Monument. Beautiful park to enjoy before and after as well.
We did the natural museum with no upgrades. I'm sure the butterfly and other exhibits were neat, but pricy when you're paying for 3 people. There's enough permanent exhibits to enjoy without being overwhelmed. Did this in under 3 hours with a quick lunch at McD's in house.
Then the Children's Museum. If you have a family, this is the highlight besides NASA. WORLD CLASS. We easily if able to could of gone on a day with full hours and spent it there easily. So much fun. Especially the innovation space in the basement. Not just for toddlers or young kids. As parents, I think I enjoyed it more than my kid. This is a must do.
City Pass is great value and a no brainer, even without upgrading. Get it. No regrets.
posted by Oscar Galindo on Dec 15, 2014
Muy pequeño para el precio tan caro. No lo recomiendo!!!!
Money and time saver!!!
posted by ViajerosV on Dec 11, 2014
With so much to do and see in Houston, the CityPass sums up some of the most attractive points of interest the city has to offer. Our favorite ones were definitely the NASA Space Center and the Museum of Natural Science. It will not only save you money, but also lots of time. Highly recommended!
posted by Camille on Dec 08, 2014
We went to Houston to celebrate my birthday with my family. It was not a planned trip and thanks to the city pass we were able to figure out our itinerary and know which places to visit. Most of the museum are close to each other so it was easy to get to places. It was totally worth the money and we get to skip the ticket line which is super awesome! All in all getting the city pass and visiting NASA made my birthday celebration AWESOME and memorable!
Flexible Fun in Houston
posted by K Hahn on Dec 02, 2014
Enjoyed CityPASS in Houston as a way to enjoy fun, educational attractions around town. Liked the flexibility and choices in activity since we had some rain during our visit! Instead of visiting Boardwalks & beaches, we ended up at the Space Center and the Art Museum and had a blast!
Since we did a road trip + cruise, just wish we had a slightly longer period of time (3 weeks desired) to use passes, as we found 2 weeks to be a little too short during our trip to use any of the passes after we got off the cruise
posted by Roger Alba on Dec 02, 2014
Great fun and very interesting learning experience for all the family.
posted by jessgogg on Dec 01, 2014
The attractions were wonderful.
posted by chris on Dec 01, 2014
I really enjoyed the attractions, but many things are not included with the pass. I understand that it is mentioned however, it would be nice to get to see everything and not have to worry about paying for all the little extras including parking especially when you have a large family.
Houston CityPASS Review!
posted by Victoria on Nov 30, 2014
Houston CityPASS is an extremely convenient and cost-saving ticket booklet. My boyfriend and I (both age 22) went to the Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Space Center Houston, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Highlights included touching sting rays at the Downtown Aquarium, viewing giraffes at the Houston Zoo, and the NASA tram tour at Space Center Houston.
The CityPASS is valid for 9 days starting the first day you use a ticket. This gives you plenty of time to spread out the attractions during your stay in Houston. If you're here on a short stay, it's not a problem either as most of the attractions are geographically close to each other. Even if you don't plan on using all of the tickets, it may still be a good deal because some places charge admission that would already cover half of the CityPASS. As other reviewers have mentioned, some of the attractions have "free days" but the days don't always line up with those who are visiting the area.
I would recommend CityPASS to those visiting Houston as well as those living in Houston (be a tourist in your own city)! With the CityPASS, you do not have to wait in ticketing lines, you get discounts at gift shops, and you save on admission to multiple attractions. Be sure to check CityPASS website for good tips and a overview of opening days/hours. Guests of all ages would enjoy the attractions offered with CityPASS. Many of the attractions have free parking areas nearby or parking for a low fee.
Houston CityPASS Review
posted by Davis on Nov 30, 2014
This was a really neat deal that my SO and I found. We're both from California and not very familiar with the area. She moved near Houston about six months ago and hadn't really done any exploring.
Great deal! It's very cost effective if you want to go to most of the attractions in the booklet. I like to explore everything so this was really nice! We went to the Houston Aquarium, Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston Zoo, Houston Space Center, and Museum of Fine Arts. They give you nine days to use all the coupons once you buy the pass; so, if you buy it on a Saturday, you can get 2 weekends to use it all. It's got neat little tips on the back of each ticket. (i.e. it takes "x" hours to explore "y" location) You also get 10% discount at the gift shops if you want to buy anything. (one time use per citypass per shop) It also lists good restaurants to visit as well!
Site Specific Review:
Houston Aquarium: It was a nice and small aquarium. It doesn't take that long to explore it. Typical Aquarium, decent selection of marine life. It had a white tiger for some reason, though. The best part would be the sting rays. At the end of the aquarium and near the Aquarium Diner(did not eat there) there's a place where you can pet dozens of sting rays. You can also buy some food for them and feed them. I would recommend this; it's very fun to feed them and pet them! We just paid the 6-7 dollar all day parking next to the aquarium.
Museum of Natural Science: This was a nice museum to visit! We watched one of the 3D movies (it was about Pandas; pretty good). Nice exhibits. Nothing really cool though. There were tons of exhibits that would cost extra money, so be aware of that. There's free 3 hour parking near the museum.
Space Center Houston: This place was nice! The actual center part was pretty small and some of the shows were definitely directed at kids, so this would be a nice place for a family. One important this to note is that for the Tram Rides, there are 3 different lines and they all visit a distinct location(i.e. mission control, ISS training center) and then dump you off at a common destination. You are basically forced to pay the all day parking there unless you want to walk a lot.
Houston Zoo: This was a pretty big zoo! Lots of animals, the zoo map isn't fully descriptive so look out for things you might miss. Feeding the giraffes was the best part for me! You have to pay extra ($5 for 3 pieces of lettuce) Good place for families. Free parking near the zoo.
Museum of Fine Arts: Not a good place for families. I'm not very interested in art, but we had the ticket so we went anyways. It was okay, there is some pretty cool stuff there. We went when there was a Korean theme to it. There's a small stature garden across the street from it. There's also free parking next to the statue garden.