By Sarah Jaudon


Houston, Texas, is home to space research, rodeos, and Ellington Field JRB. Houston has so much to offer with its array of attractions that will please adults and children alike. Treat yourself and your family to the city's fun-filled, action-packed adventures, and check out our list of the best things to do near Houston, TX, while stationed at Ellington Field JRB.

20 Best Things To Do Near Houston, TX, Around Ellington Field JRB

Parks and Recreation Near Ellington Field JRB

1. Magnolia Gardens Park

18041 Riverside St. Houston, TX 77044


: 1 (832) 275-4652 Magnolia Gardens Park is a waterfront park next to the San Jacinto River, offering a sandy beach to lounge and picnic while you swim, camp, and barbecue. Jetski and kayaking rentals are available for daily use.

2. Buffalo Bayou Park

105 Sabine St. Houston, TX 77007


: 1 (713) 752-0314 Buffalo Bayou Park is a serene park located in downtown Houston’s fourth ward that’s dedicated to preserving the surrounding natural resources. Enjoy a wellness walk, take a boat tour, or wake up to the sun with an early-morning yoga class.

2. Big Thicket National Preserve

FM 420 Kountze, TX 77625


: 1 (409) 951-6700 Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas is a cornucopia of ecosystems left over from the last ice age. Hike and bike through forty miles of forest, camp, and kayak along the water while taking in the unique animal life.

3. Big Bend National Park

600, Ross Maxwell Scenic Dr. Big Bend National Park, TX 79834


: 1 (432) 477-2251 Big Bend National Park has over one million acres of land open to the public to explore. Camp and hike the beautiful terrain, take a horseback ride through the valley, or enjoy a boat ride down the river. Big Bend activities are some of the best things to do near Houston, TX.

4. Guadalupe Mountains National Park

400 Pine Canyon Dr. Salt Flat, TX 79847


: 1 (915) 828-3251 Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home to the highest point in Texas, known as Guadalupe Peak. Take in the serene beauty of the forests and captivating local history with the most expansive fossil reef in North America.

5. Padre Island

20301 Park Rd. 22 Corpus Christi, TX 78418


: 1 (361) 949-8069 Padre Island has over 60 miles of untouched dunes, shorelines, grasslands, and beaches in Corpus Christi. This national park is a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for family-friendly activities. It may be a bit of a journey to get there, but it is one of the best things to do near Houston, TX.

Theaters Near Ellington Field JRB

6. AMC Gulf Pointe 30

11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy. E Houston, TX 77089


: 1 (281) 464-8801 AMC Gulf Pointe 30 is the biggest movie theater chain globally, featuring best-in-class amenities like power recliners and premium formats like IMAX and Dolby Cinema at all AMC locations.

7. IPIC Dinner Theater

4444 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77027


: 1 (832) 709-2146 IPIC Theater is a luxury theater and restaurant experience. Watch the latest movies with luxury seating while eating chef-approved restaurant-quality food. IPIC promises to provide elevated entertainment that engages multiple senses, transcending the traditional moving-going experience.

Golf Course Near Ellington Field JRB

8. Pasadena Municipal Golf Course

1000 Duffer Lane Houston, TX 77034


: 1 (281) 481-0834 Pasadena Municipal Golf Course is a comprehensive 18-hole course with over 160 acres outfitted with golf carts, a fully-equipped pro shop, golf accessories, and food and drinks.

Museums Near Ellington Field JRB

9. Lone Star Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Ave. Houston, TX 77034


: 1 (346) 708-2517 Lone Star Flight Museum sets out to preserve and honor Texas aviation history, educate today's youth in the STEM disciplines related to flight, and inspire them towards futures of promise and purpose. Inspire young minds with one of the best things to do near Houston, TX.

10. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

3816 Caroline St. Houston, TX 77004


: 1 (713) 942-8920 Buffalo Soldiers National Museum chronicles the African American military experience from 1770 to 2000 in a fun and educational way that engages the entire family. Learn the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and African American military personnel.

11. Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline St. Houston, TX 77004


: 1 (713) 527-1614 Holocaust Museum Houston educates people about the Holocaust and helps us all to remember the 6 million Jews and innocent victims of tyranny and bigotry. The museum teaches the dangers of hatred and prejudice while honoring the survivors' legacies.

12. Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Pkwy. Houston, TX, USA 77058


: 1 (281) 244-2100 Space Center Houston is a leading space and science exploration learning center. The Space Center features space artifacts like moon rocks, permanent and traveling exhibits, and a theater showing America's human space program’s future and remarkable past.

13. Children’s Museum Houston

1500 Binz St. Houston, TX 77004


: 1 (713) 522-1138 Children’s Museum Houston is one of the best things to do near Houston, TX, for the little ones. It’s an all-encompassing, hands-on, interactive museum filled with exhibits in science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.

Nearby Attractions Near Ellington Field JRB


14. The Escape Game Houston - The Galleria

5015 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77056


: 1 (713) 999-1496 The Escape Game Houston is a 60-minute adventure bringing you and your team together to find clues, solve puzzles, beat challenges, and complete the mission of your epic escape room.

15. Houston Zoo

5015 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77056


: 1 (713) 533-6500 Houston Zoo has over 6,000 varieties of incredible animals from various ecosystems. Ride the carousel, have a one-on-one encounter with an animal, and take a guided zoo tour. The zoo is a great place to visit and host a party or special event.

16. Pearwood Skate Center

1230 Broadway St. Pearland, TX 77581


: 1 (281) 482-4060 Pearwood Skate Center is a state-of-the-art roller rink offering recreational skating for individuals, birthday parties, and group events. Have a blast while taking a skating lesson or a fitness roller class at Pearwood Skate Center.

17. Altitude Trampoline Park - Sugar Land

4550 Hwy. 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478


: 1 (713) 234-7798 Altitude Trampoline Park - Sugar Land offers a rock climbing wall, trapeze bar, battle beams, extreme dodgeball, performance trampolines, reaction walls, and so much more! This is a great place for friends and families or for hosting birthday parties, group events, and fundraisers.

18. iT'Z Family, Food, & Fun Pasadena

5950 Fairmont Pkwy. Pasadena, TX 77505


: 1 (281) 998-2424 iT'Z Family, Food, & Fun Pasadena is an excellent bowling alley, indoor amusement park, and family dining experience. iT’Z Family, Food, & Fun Pasadena boasts over 150 games, laser tag, bumper cars, mini bowling, and a food buffet.

19. Pasadena Gun Center

206 Shaw Ave. Pasadena, TX 77506


: 1 (713) 472-0417 Pasadena Gun Center is one of Houston's oldest operating full-service gun centers offering a retail gun store and shooting range. Their services also include Texas Concealed Handgun instruction and a full-service gunsmith.

20. Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave. Kemah, TX 77565


: 1 (281) 535-8100 Kemah Boardwalk entices you with amusement park rides, midway games, shops, live entertainment, festivals, and well-known waterfront eateries. Stay at the Boardwalk Inn hotel or take a dinner cruise on a yacht.


For more great ideas on the best things to do near Houston, TX, check out the Visit Houston site. Here, you can find more info on events nearby and snag great deals for them, too.



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