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Some attractions require reservations or have limited operating hours and days; see the CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

While Children's Museum of Houston remains closed, CityPASS guests may visit two of the three open option attractions: Houston Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Kemah Boardwalk.

Location & Hours

Location & Hours

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Location & Hours

Space Center Houston

SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058

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

(281) 244-2100
spacecenter.org

Downtown Aquarium

DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM
410 Bagby Street at Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77002

Sun-Thu, 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm
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

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston,Texas 77030

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Hours subject to change for holidays, special exhibitions and other events; see details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Closed the first Saturday in March for annual gala.

(713) 639-4629
hmns.org

Houston Zoo

HOUSTON ZOO
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Hours may vary; check website for most up-to-date information.
Last entry one hour prior to close.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(713) 533-6500
houstonzoo.org

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
1001 Bissonnet Street, Museum District
Houston, TX 77005

Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm
Sun, 12:30-6pm
Mon-Tues, closed
Wed, 11am-5pm
Thu, 11am-9pm
Closed Mondays (except federal holidays), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(713) 639-7771
mfah.org

Kemah Boardwalk

KEMAH BOARDWALK
215 Kipp Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565

Open 365 days a year. Amusement rides and restaurant hours vary depending on the season; see details.

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

Children's Museum of Houston

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON
1500 Binz Street, Museum District
Houston, TX 77004

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-6pm; Thu 10am-8pm
Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(713) 522-1138
cmhouston.org

CityPASS Admission

Space Center Houston

General admission, including Independence Plaza and the NASA tram tour

The Giant Screen Theater is currently unavailable.

Downtown Aquarium

General admission to the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit (rides and games not included)

Rides may be temporarily unavailable.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

General admission

Houston Zoo

General admission (not valid for Zoo Lights)

The water play park and all keeper chats and animal presentations are temporarily unavailable.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

General admission to permanent collections and non-ticketed special exhibitions

Kemah Boardwalk

All-Day Ride Pass (Stingray, Boardwalk Beast, and Iron Eagle not included)

Children's Museum of Houston

General admission (To enter the museum, your group must be accompanied by a child.)

Some amenities, experiences and exhibits may be temporarily unavailable.

Highlights

Space Center Houston

  • Go inside the multiple exhibit complex Independence Plaza, featuring the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 with the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence mounted on top.
  • Discover our new, twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the only Falcon 9 on display outside the SpaceX Headquarters.
  • Stand close to multiple flown spacecraft, including Gemini V, Faith 7, Apollo 17 and and a SpaceX Falcon 9.
  • Take a tram tour onto a working NASA facility and visit Rocket Park, where you will get an up close look at a massive Saturn V rocket.
  • Walk inside the massive Skylab Trainer, where astronauts first trained for life in space.
  • Explore a comprehensive spacesuit collection, including astronaut Pete Conrad’s spacesuit, worn on the moon.

Downtown Aquarium

  • Tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast in the 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 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.
  • See energy as you’ve never seen it before in the 30,000-square-foot Wiess Energy Hall, the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world.

Houston Zoo

  • The newest exhibit, South America’s Pantanal allows guests to explore the tropical wetlands of Brazil right here at the Houston Zoo. Explore the immersive and engaging trail for the opportunity to see jaguars, capybaras, giant river otters, howler monkeys, anaconda, and macaws closer than ever before in Houston. Experience the tropical wetlands of Brazil at the Houston Zoo's newest exhibit, South America's Pantanal. Explore the immersive and engaging trail for the opportunity to see jaguars, capybaras, giant river otters, howler monkeys, anaconda, and macaws closer than ever before in Houston.
  • See the Hamill Foundation Black Bear Exhibit, home to black bears Belle and Willow. It includes features like a chilled pool, climbing structures, lots of shade and other enrichment opportunities.
  • Gorillas at the Houston Zoo. Their power is legendary. Their movements – majestic. Their presence – simply awesome. In the African Forest, visitors experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful, up close and incredible. Experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful in the African Forest, home to these legendary, majestic creatures.
  • See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the Reptile & Amphibian House.
  • Visit the long-time favorite John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo! A river otter plays underwater, the sounds of flapping wings echo in a realistic bat cave, and goats wait for guests’ attention in the Petting Zoo. Kids can experience all of this at the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo, where guests can also explore the Bug House, and visit the Naturally Wild Swap Shop.
  • Watch from the boardwalk as majestic elephants splash in their 160,000-gallon pool in the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat.
  • Cool off at the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park, with 37 different water play features, like a friendly and colorful sea serpent, a tall “fill and spill” water tree, fountains, jets, misters and more. The park is open daily April 1 – October 31.

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

  • Get ready for an adventure of epic proportions with tons of minds-on investigative experiences.
  • Check out live demonstrations, activities and experiences.
  • Keep everyone moving and having fun with socially-distanced contactless activities throughout the museum.

CityPASS Entry

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

Space Center Houston

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase in the SpaceTrader or Gift Station.

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 guests: $6 unlimited access.

$5 off Your Purchase: Get $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at Treasure Chest gift shop.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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

10% off Museum Store Purchase: Get 10% your purchase in the Museum Store.

Cockrell Butterfly Center: Includes access to the Brown Hall of Entomology. Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $8.

Burke Baker Planetarium Show: Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $6.

Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life: On view through May 31, 2021. Purchase tickets at box office. Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $19.

Pompeii: The Exhibition: On view through September 6, 2021. Purchase tickets at box office. Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $20.

Houston Zoo

Wildlife Carousel: Tickets available at front gate or carousel entrance. Cost for CityPASS guests: $4/ride.

TXU Energy Presents Prehistoric Beast: TXU Energy presents Prehistoric Beasts offers guests an exciting opportunity to get an up-close look at towering predators that once roamed the earth. Includes admission to Prehistoric Beasts, a souvenir conservation bracelet, and unlimited carousel rides. March 6-September 6, 2021. Cost: $8.95; purchase your ticket here.

Giraffe Feedings: Cost for CityPASS guests: $7

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off in the MFAH gift shop.

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

Kemah Boardwalk

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

$5 off Your Purchase: Get $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at any Kemah Boardwalk-owned retail store.

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

$5 off FantaSea Cruises: CityPASS guests get $5 off any FantaSea cruise.

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

Children's Museum of Houston

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at Fiddle Sticks Toys.

Become a S.E.C.R.E.T. Agent: Add on to your Epic Adventure with the SECRET Spy Game. Crack codes, explore the museum and complete your mission. Each mission features a special agent gadget. Designed for children 6+. Cost for CitypASS guests: $7 (includes gear and 1 mission).

Advice for Visitors

Space Center Houston

Tips:
  • Start your day with a visit to the Information Desk; speak to a guest services representative and pick-up a free map.
  • Arrive early and allow 4 to 5 hours to enjoy the many attractions.
  • Sign up for the Space Center Houston newsletter and connect on social media by visiting www.spacecenter.org/connect.
  • For tips, suggested itineraries and much more, visit Space Center Houston’s comprehensive Visitor Info page.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
  • Download the Space Center Houston app to get your NASA Tram Tour boarding pass, interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, and more!
Amenities:
  • Dining: Zero-G Diner; outdoor picnic area
  • Gift Shops: SpaceTrader, Gift Station

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

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

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:
  • Allow a few hours to explore the permanent Exhibit Hall; there are four floors with many amazing exhibits.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Periodic Table and Elements Grill
  • Gift Shops: Museum Gift Shop

Best time to visit: From September through April, the museum is less crowded in the afternoon; during summer and holiday periods, the museum is less crowded before noon. Thursday afternoons are free and can be busy.

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) 639-4768 in advance of arrival.

Houston Zoo

Tips:
  • Guests can enjoy free wifi, a great way to enhance your Zoo experience.
  • There is plenty to see and do at the Houston Zoo even in unfavorable weather – many indoor exhibits and ways to cool off.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Twiga Terrace, Cypress Circle Café, 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.

Groups: Groups of 20 or more: Call (713) 533-6500 or email group.reservations@houstonzoo.org in advance of arrival.

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.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
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.

Best Time to Visit: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are often less crowded than weekends and Thursdays, when the Museum offers free general admission.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (713) 639-7878 or email groupsales@mfah.org in advance of arrival.

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.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
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.
  • The museum is designed for children 0 to 13 years of age and their families. Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. To enter the museum, your group must include a child.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Fresh Café
  • Gift Shops: Fiddle Sticks Toys, Top Secret Gear Shop

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 in advance of arrival.

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