Family-Friendly 3-Day Vacation in Houston
Looking for the perfect family getaway in Texas? Houston offers a diverse landscape for educational and family-friendly fun the whole group can enjoy.
While 3 days barely gives you enough time to completely immerse yourself in H-Town, you’ll definitely give your kiddos the perfect chance to have some fun. Even better, with a personal bus rental to take care of all your transportation needs, you won’t have worry about navigation, parking, or finding new places.
We’ve created the ultimate guide to the planning the perfect family-friendly vacation in Houston.
Where to Stay
You’ll want to find a hotel that accommodates your whole family and is close enough to all your destinations for quick, easy access. Luckily, Houston is full of kid-friendly hotels that offer a variety of activities for endless fun, and some even offer milk and cookies:
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Address: 111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 680-2626
Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
Address: 13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079
Phone: (281) 558-8338
Address: 1080 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 418-1000
The St. Regis Houston
Address: 1919 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 840-7600
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Address: 1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
Phone: (713) 650-1300
How to Get Around
Getting around Houston can be a challenge at times, especially if your group includes children. Attractions aren’t always accessible via the METRORail, and catching a cab or Uber can be costly and chaotic with a group. If you’re new to the city, driving can be stressful as you navigate unfamiliar streets.
Whether you’re traveling with just a few family members or planning a family reunion, Longhorn Charter Bus makes group transportation easy. With options ranging from 18-passenger minibuses to full-sized motorcoaches that can transport up to 56 people, we’ll match you with a vehicle tailored to your trip. Enjoy chauffeured services to each destination on your itinerary on your time-- you won’t even have to think about planning routes and finding parking.
Longhorn Charter Bus doesn't just serve Houston. We work with groups accross the entire state, transporting them to other major cities like Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and more.
Exploring Space City
For groups with children, we recommend taking advantage of Houston’s museum district. Here’s an example of an itinerary we’ve helped plan for groups with children:
Start at the Downtown Aquarium.
Address: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-3474
Start your day diving into a magical underwater world at the aquarium in Downtown Houston. This underwater adventure features a variety of activities, from a shipwreck and rainforest to a sunken temple and stingray reef. After a morning of exploring oceanic life, it’s time for lunch!
Lunch at Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch
Address: 3622 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 524-7203
This Americana-themed restaurant features a fun atmosphere with a kid-friendly menu that will satisfy even the pickiest eater. Their kitschy environment is the perfect place to recuperate after walking around all morning, and there’s no better place to get classic Southern fare than in Houston.
Buffalo Bayou Boat Tours
Address: 1019 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 752-0314
After you’ve rested and had a delicious meal, explore Houston from another perspective in a pontoon boat tour. There are a variety of tours fit for any kind of group, from historic adventures to marvelous waugh bat colony tours. Boat tours usually last around 1.5-2 hours and give you the opportunity to wind down after your active day. After your tour is done, take a stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park to catch stunning Houston views.
Dinner at Little Matt’s
Address: 6203 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 592-6200
Featuring a candy shop and game room, Little Matt’s is a family-friendly restaurant close to all of Houston’s major attractions. Enjoy a good meal and spend some quality time with your family after a long day of sightseeing.
End the day back at your hotel.
Start at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Children’s Museum of Houston
Address: 500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 522-1138
You can easily spend your whole day at the Children’s Museum of Houston. With endless activities that focus on child-centered learning, this is the perfect way to start the day with kids. Features include a challenge course, the EcoStation, the Invention Convention, and more. Be sure to explore the basement to for fun, interactive secret missions.
Lunch at Mia’s Table
Address: 3131 Argonne St, Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 522-6427
If you’re opting out of having lunch at the Children’s Museum, have your driver take you down the street to Mia’s Table. With a homey feeling, enjoy burgers and handmade malts and shakes. Sit outside and soak up the sun on their pet-friendly patio area. You might be able to pet a pooch or two!
The Health Museum
Address: 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 942-7054
While you’re in the museum district, don’t miss The Health Museum. As a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, your kids can learn all about human biology. Since the establishment is on the smaller side, it’s easy to see every exhibit in one afternoon. Even better-- with your own charter bus rental, you won’t have to pay the museum’s parking fee.
Dinner at Gelazzi
Address: 3601 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Phone: (713) 597-6257
Pizza and gelato-- who could complain? Complete your day with Chicago-style pizzas everyone will love finished with creamy gelato. After everyone’s had their fill, have your driver pick you up and take you back to the hotel to prepare for the next day.
End day at your hotel.
Start day at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Address: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 681-8433
As your trip comes to an end, it’s time to spend some time in the great outdoors. Just 4 miles from Downtown, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a 155 acre sanctuary that offers education about Houston’s natural environment. Explore the Discovery Room, full of several interactive exhibits, and view hummingbirds and butterflies in the Wildlife Garden.
Bernie’s Burger Bus
Address: 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Phone: (713) 349-9400
After a morning of outdoor adventure, it’s time for some delicious grub right out of a big yellow school bus. Bernie’s Burger Bus is a playful restaurant themed like a school, but without all the homework. Their gourmet burgers and fries have been voted some of the best in Houston.
Address: 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
Phone: (713) 400-7336
After lunch, head to Discovery Green to appreciate beautiful views of Houston’s skyline. With two available restaurants and an endless array of activities, this park is the perfect way to live like a true Houstonian. Make sure to check what events are going on during your stay.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 639-4629
On your last evening in H-Town, don’t forget to visit the city’s favorite museum. The Houston Museum of Natural Science features a variety of exhibits, from dinosaur fossils and a planetarium to a butterfly exhibit. While you’re there, catch a movie at the IMAX theatre, or grab dinner at one of the many nearby local restaurants that are within walking distance.
Sweets at Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
Address: 3600 Kirby Dr D, Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 522-9999
Indulge in handmade sweets at the Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe, a local favorite since 1995. Children and adults will both love the selection for a sweet ending to your Houston trip.
End day and head back to your hotel.
Easy Transportation with Longhorn Charter Bus
Longhorn Charter Bus is the expert in efficient, reliable group transportation throughout Texas. While the above itinerary highlights some of our clients’ favorite destinations, we love helping you plan a custom schedule for your dream trip, whether it's longer or shorter than our prime examples. We helps groups all over the state with their transportation needs, whether it’s for a wedding, corporate conference, sports team, school event, amusement park trip, senior group, private vacation, and more. Learn more how we can help you by calling our 24/7 team at 1-844-447-2779.