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Highlights

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Offers/Upgrades

Advice for Visitors

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Location & Hours

Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Extended seasonal hours; visit website for current information.
Closed Christmas Day.

(281) 244-2100
spacecenter.org

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby Street at Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77002

Sun-Thu, 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat, 10am-11pm
Hours adjusted seasonally.
Occasional early closures or late openings may occur due to private events.
Please contact Downtown Aquarium to check current hours when planning your visit.

(713) 223-FISH (3474)
aquariumrestaurants.com

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston,Texas 77030

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Extended summer hours, 9am-6pm.
Hours subject to change for holidays, special exhibitions and other events; see details
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(713) 639-4629
hmns.org

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Open daily, 9am-6pm
Extended seasonal hours; check website for details.
Last entry one hour prior to close.
Closed Christmas Day.

(713) 533-6500
houstonzoo.org

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet Street, Museum District
Houston, TX 77005

Tue-Wed, 10am-5pm
Thu, 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat, 10am-7pm
Sun, 12:15pm-7pm
Closed Mondays (except federal holidays), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(713) 639-7771
mfah.org

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565

Open 363 days a year. Amusement rides and restaurant hours vary depending on the season; see details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(877) 285-3624
(877) AT-KEMAH
kemahboardwalk.com

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz Street, Museum District
Houston, TX 77004

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm; Thu, 10am-8pm
Non-Summer: Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Non-Summer: Open select Mondays (check website).
Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(713) 522-1138
cmhouston.org

CityPASS Admission

Space Center Houston

CityPASS includes general admission to the Official Visitors Center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, including entry to the Space Shuttle Pavilion and a NASA Tram Tour.

Downtown Aquarium

CityPASS includes general admission to Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, featuring 200 species of marine life.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

CityPASS includes exhibit halls general admission to one of the nation’s favorite natural science museums.

Houston Zoo

CityPASS includes general admission to all exhibits including the African Forest, a 6-acre exhibit featuring chimps, rhinos, giraffes, and more.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

CityPASS includes general admission to permanent collections that comprise over 65,000 works of art, including non-ticketed special exhibitions.

Kemah Boardwalk

CityPASS is valid for all amusement rides excluding Stingray, Boardwalk Beast, and Iron Eagle.

Children's Museum of Houston

CityPASS includes general admission to all 14 hands-on exhibits designed especially for kids.

Highlights

Space Center Houston

  • Begin your journey into space with the film On Human Destiny at the Destiny Theater.
  • Enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It's the world’s only shuttle mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft and the only one allowing the public to enter both.
  • Get a first-hand look at real working areas of Johnson Space Center on the NASA Tram Tour, a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut in the Blast-Off theater.
  • Take your little astronauts to Kids Space Place, perfect for children of all ages who've dreamed of going into space.

Downtown Aquarium

  • Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast in our Louisiana Swamp. Enjoy wild encounters with gators, alligator snapping turtles and spotted gar, and see the crayfish, catfish and bullfrogs that make this a true Cajun Country experience.
  • Step back in time when you enter the Shipwreck. From inside the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish galleon, see the amazing diversity of species the ocean holds, including living coral reefs, a giant pacific octopus and a moray eel, plus a colorful array of fish.
  • Visit the lush Rainforest and keep an eye out for red-bellied piranhas and venomous freshwater stingrays. Enjoy the colorful displays of an emerald tree boa, rainforest frogs and beautiful birds.
  • Get a true hands-on experience at Stingray Reef, where you where you can touch and feed live stingrays.
  • See the incredible white tigers lounge and play in the ruins of the ancient Maharaja's Temple, and learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts to help their cousins in the wild.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • Embark on a "prehistoric safari" that also includes the grand saga of human evolution — from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters.
  • View some of the rarest and most stunning crystallized mineral specimens in the world, such as The Alma Queen, a brilliant red rhodochrosite that is one of the most famous specimens in mineralogy.
  • Catch of glimpse of life in ancient Egypt and see hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, including three mummies and no less than a dozen coffins.
  • Explore all of Africa without leaving Houston, with over 120 specimens of African wildlife on display, plus engaging interactives and films exploring African wildlife ecology and conservation.

Houston Zoo

  • Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! Meet the king of the jungle, tigers, jaguars, bears, fossa, and so many other carnivores as you trek through the wilds of the Carnivore Exhibit.
  • Watch young elephants Duncan and Tupelo splash around in their 80,000-gallon pool, and see keeper talks from the elephant care team in the shaded, 200-seat demonstration area.
  • Walk down a winding boardwalk to see a wide variety of rare and endangered primates, including lemurs, mandrills, siamangs, howler monkeys, tamarins, and more. Near the end, don’t miss the orangutans enjoying their play structure.
  • Take an expedition from the coral reefs of the Pacific to the Amazon Basin and the Rift Valley lakes of Africa with a visit to the Kipp Aquarium, home to over 2000 marine creatures.
  • See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the Reptile & Amphibian House, including one of only 14 white alligators in existence.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

  • Find tranquility in the Cullen Sculpture Garden, an oasis of art and nature showcasing masterworks of 20th- and 21st-century sculpture by artists including Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin.
  • View exquisite objects created in the Near East, Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.
  • Get a lively overview of the story of art in the United States from the 19th and early 20th centuries in the American art galleries.
  • Explore the museum’s Contemporary art collection that ranges across five continents and reflects today’s global culture.
  • Introduce art to the whole family with free family activities in the galleries every Sunday afternoon.

Kemah Boardwalk

  • Enjoy the fresh air while riding the 65-foot Century Ferris Wheel.
  • Kick back and relax in the Boardwalk Tower as you soak in all of Kemah Boardwalk and the surrounding Bay — you can see miles away.
  • Dare to drop in the Drop Zone, a 140-foot free fall!
  • Take a ride on a dragon, sea monster or unicorn on the kid-friendly Double-Decker Carousel.
  • Brave the Bullet, a one-of-a-kind wooden coaster, measuring 96' tall with a 92' exhilarating first drop and reaching speeds of over 51 mph!

Children's Museum of Houston

  • Step inside the building zone and learn about physics and engineering with hands-on activities.
  • Ask and discover the answers to your own science questions with tons of hands-on, investigative experiences.
  • Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, and explore the fascinating concept of hydropower.
  • Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors,
  • Push your limits and discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges: climb the 40-foot Power Tower; test your strength at Grip It; complete a special power missions; and more.

CityPASS Entry

Space Center Houston

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at main entrance to receive general admission to the Official Visitors Center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, including entry to the Space Shuttle Pavilion and a NASA Tram Tour.

You can reserve timed tickets for your NASA Tram Tour and your visit to the shuttle replica Independence ahead of time on the Space Center's website.

Downtown Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet at the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit ticket window and enter the CityPASS line to skip main ticket line, or exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the main admissions desk. You’ll receive general admission to the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, featuring 400 species of marine life.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher in the box office at the window for "Members/Corporate" for general admission to exhibit halls at one of the nation’s favorite natural science museums.

Houston Zoo

Present CityPASS booklet to the greeters for entry, or present CityPASS voucher at the main ticket window. You’ll receive general admission to all exhibits including the African Forest, a 6-acre exhibit featuring chimps, rhinos, giraffes, and more. (Please note Houston Zoo requires a valid, unexpired ID to redeem voucher.)

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at any admission desk to receive general admission to permanent collections that comprise over 65,000 works of art, as well as non-ticketed special exhibitions.

Kemah Boardwalk

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main ticket booth located next to the Century Wheel for admission to all amusement rides (excluding Stingray, Boardwalk Beast, and Iron Eagle).

Children's Museum of Houston

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the Museum Members and CityPASS Guests check-in desk for general admission to all 14 hands-on exhibits designed especially for kids.

Offers/Upgrades

Space Center Houston

Astronaut Audio Tour: Cost for CityPASS holders: $6.05.

Discount: Get 10% off your purchase in the SpaceTrader or Gift Station. See booklet for details.

Downtown Aquarium

All-Day Adventure Pass: Rides and games require a separate fee. For unlimited rides and all-day access to exhibits, upgrade to an All-Day Adventure Pass. Cost for CityPASS holders: $6 unlimited access.

CityPASS Perk: CityPASS visitors enjoy a free chef's appetizer of the day and preferred seating with purchase of an entree at any Houston area Landry's Restaurant location; see coupon in booklet for locations.

Discount: Get 10% off retail at Treasure Chest gift shop. See booklet for details.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

3D Wortham Giant Screen Theater: Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $8. (Theater is busiest from 9-11am.)

Cockrell Butterfly Center: Includes access to the Brown Hall of Entomology. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $6.

Burke Baker Planetarium Show: Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $6.

Faberge: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: A historical overview of the works of the House of Faberge, the McFerrin collection showcases over 150 new pieces. Included are several Faberge eggs and a number of objects owned by the Romanov family. On view beginning September 19, 2014. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: $15.

Houston Zoo

Wildlife Carousel: Cost for CityPASS holders: $2.50/ride. Tickets available at front gate or carousel entrance.

Rides and Games: Rides and games require a separate fee.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Specially ticketed exhibitions: Some specially ticketed exhibitions, events and films may require an additional fee.

Discount: Get 10% off in the MFAH gift shop. See booklet for details.

Kemah Boardwalk

Boardwalk Beast: An incredible 25-minute thrill ride on Galveston Bay while cruising at speeds up to 40 mph. Discounted cost for CityPASS holders (per ride): adult, $20; children 12 and under, $15.

Stingray Reef: Experience the excitement of Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays. Admission for CityPASS holders: $5.25.

Iron Eagle: Fly 30 mph and soar to heights of 100' over the Boardwalk. Discounted cost for CityPASS holders: $7.

FantaSea: CityPASS holders get $5 off any FantaSea cruise.

Discount: Get 10% off retail at any Kemah Boardwalk-owned retail store; see coupon in booklet for details.

Children's Museum of Houston

Discount: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at Fiddle Sticks Toys. See booklet for details.

Become a S.E.C.R.E.T. Agent: Become a special field agent and help save the Children’s Museum of Houston exhibits! Join team S.E.C.R.E.T. and take on the difficult task of defeating the villainous group R.I.V.A.L., who is trying to steal the Museum’s energy-emitting crystals for their own nefarious purposes. Children ages 8 and up are needed for this task. Agent enlistment fee: $20 (includes gear and 1 mission).

Advice for Visitors

Space Center Houston

Tips:
  • After purchasing your CityPASS, visit the Space Center's website to reserve your free timed tickets to tour NASA Johnson Space Center and the shuttle replica Independence in Houston’s newest international landmark, Independence Plaza. Timed tickets are available both online and at the center the day of your visit.
  • Arrive early and allow 4 to 5 hours to enjoy all the attractions.
  • Take the NASA Guided Tram Tour to see Rocket Park, the Historic Apollo Mission Control Center and astronaut training.
  • Buildings visited on Tram Tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and subject to close without notice.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Zero-G Diner
  • Gift Shops: Space Trader, Gift Station

Best time to visit: Avoid wait times by arriving early. All attractions, including the NASA Tram Tour, are available when the doors open. NASA tours fill up fast and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking/Transportation: Paid parking available. Get directions here.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (281) 283-4755.

Downtown Aquarium

Amenities:
  • Dining: Aquarium Restaurant & Dive Lounge
  • Gift Shops: Treasure Chest Gift Shop

Best time to visit: Weekdays are least-crowded.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Group tours are available. Call (713) 315-5140 or e-mail: mdesimone@ldry.com

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Tips:
  • The permanent exhibit halls are free on Thursdays 3-6pm (Sep-May: Thursdays 2-5pm) and may be more crowded.
Amenities:
  • Dining: McDonald's
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store

Best time to visit: Weekday and weekend mornings may be crowded due to student groups. Crowd intensity information is available by calling (713) 639-4629.

Accessibility: Handicapped access to all venues is available.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (713) 639-4601.

Houston Zoo

Tips:
  • Check the Meet the Keeper Talks schedule on the morning of your visit to find out what animals have special feedings, showings, or enrichment activities that day.
  • The GPS-enabled free iPhone or Android App is a great way to enhance your Zoo experience; details and download.
  • There is plenty to see and do at the Houston Zoo even in unfavorable weather – many indoor exhibits and ways to cool off.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Twiga Terrace, Macaw Café, Cypress Circle, Herzstein Trading Post, and carts and kiosks throughout the zoo for drinks and snacks
  • Gift Shops: Located near the main exit gate and in the African Forest.
  • Strollers: Available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions. Parking/Transportation

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tips:
  • Free family activities in the galleries are available every Sunday afternoon.
  • Thursdays are free to the public and may be more crowded.
  • When visiting MFAH, you can re-enter any part of the museum buildings the entire day of purchase. Just show your admission sticker.
Amenities:
  • Dining: MFA Café
  • Gift Shops: MFAH Shop

Accessibility: All public galleries are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who cannot use stairs. Wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis for all museum locations. Call for details, (713) 639-7300.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions. Museum is accessible via METRORail. http://www.gometrorail.org/go/doc/2491/1508071/.

Kemah Boardwalk

Tips:
  • There's a playground and dancing water fountains (bathing suits allowed) to keep the kids entertained.
  • Some rides have height requirements; see details.
Amenities:

Best time to visit: Weekdays are the least-crowded times to visit during the spring and summer.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions. Find directions here.

Children's Museum of Houston

Tips:
  • The Children’s Museum is for the young and young-at-heart; however, exhibits are specifically designed for children from birth to age 12.
  • Check the calendar to see what’s going on during the day of your visit; see details
  • All exhibits are in Spanish/English.
  • Thursdays 5pm-8pm are Free Family Nights and may be more crowded.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Fresh Café
  • Gift Shops: Fiddle Sticks Toys

Best time to visit: Visit weekdays after 1pm when it's less crowded. Thursdays 5-8pm are Free Family Nights and may be more crowded.

Accessibility: All hallways, exhibits and restrooms are handicap accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (713) 535-7238.

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