Houston Summer: Day Trips That Are Worth the Drive

Summer is the perfect time for my two favorite words—road trip! There are a host of Insta-worthy destinations just a day’s drive from Houston with more to do than you may think. So, grab some snacks, the sunscreen, your favorite playlist, and let’s hit the road for one or more day trips!

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect for any of these day trips, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.

Austin, TX – 165 miles

Austin Zoo sign.

I prefer to take my time in the music capital so I might stay the weekend, but if you feel like hopping on back, definitely a day trip option!

Austin sightseeing train.

Brenham, TX – 76 miles

Blue Bell Creamery front counter.

While they may be famous for housing a certain delicious sugary confection, day trips to Brenham have more to offer in the down-home fun department!

Two Kids eating ice cream at Blue Bell Creamery.

Conroe, TX – 42 miles

Three people fishing at Lake Conroe.

Our neighbor right up the road has a lot to offer, from black light mini golf to splash-a-rrific aquatic center!

A splash fixture at Conroe Aquatic Center.

Galveston Island, TX – 56 miles

A child placing her hand against a diver's hand who is inside an aquarium.
Texas Oil Derick Aquarium inside Moody Gardens in Galveston Texas

The island offers its fair share of water activities and museums, not to mention the best taffy pull in Texas!

For even more ideas of what to do in Galveston, check out Know Before You Go: Galveston Edition. 

A group of 8 people on a dock posing for the camera.

Kemah, TX – 34 miles

Our own version of Coney Island, Kemah is a great spot for a quick day trip getaway and has something for everyone.

New Braunfels, TX – 175 miles

A child sitting in a tube on a river at New Braunfels Tubing.

They may be known for the hottest, coolest time in Texas, but there’s more fun to be had during day trips to this German town! {After all of that water and sun I prefer to spend the night, but that’s just me.}

San Antonio, TX – 197 miles

A mother holding her son in front of a splash structure at Morgan's Wonderland.

With a host of theme parks and the bustling Riverwalk, it’s easy to plan a fiesta in San Antonio!

  • Become besties with Shamu and high-five a seal at SeaWorld San Antonio.
  • Goliath, Batman, Boomerang—they’re all waiting for you at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
  • Morgan’s Wonderland is a theme park for children of all ages and abilities. {Built with his special needs daughter in mind.}
  • There’s plenty to see, taste, and do at the River Walk, but wear comfy shoes!
  • Have breakfast with giraffes or go behind the scenes with hippos at the San Antonio Zoo.

A rollercoaster in Fiesta, Texas.

Wimberley, TX – 182 miles

A child standing in a lake in Wimberley.
Brandy Dykes Photography

A quiet spot tucked away in the Texas hill country, Wimberley is an ideal destination for nature-loving families who love day trips.

Two men wearing helmets and harnesses at Wimberley Zip Line.


Day Trips to Texas State Parks

While you are packing the picnic basket for your day trips, don’t forget your scenic state parks and other nature adventures!

Houston has a ton of cool parks to check out. And the Bay Area offers some fun parks to check out when your children are in desperate need to blowing off some steam!

Are there any other Houston day trips worth the drive from the city?

Summer weather is upon us, as are a plethora of extracurricular activities, vacations, and other exciting seasonal plans. As the temperature climbs, illnesses and injuries tend to do the same. With convenient locations in downtown Houston, Katy, League City, Beaumont, Spring and many others, Next Level Urgent Care has you covered this summer. All clinics are open 9am-9pm 7-days a week, which makes us especially convenient for pediatric medical issues that occur during evenings and weekends!

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Kirsten C
Kirsten C. was born and raised in Texas Hill Country. After becoming a hopelessly devoted Bobcat and earning a degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations at Texas State University, she was wooed by the never-ending culinary options and vibrant street art of Houston and became a transplant. By day she is a marketing enthusiast for a downtown engineering firm, and by night, an over-the-top {and unashamed} dog mom. She and her husband William are licensed foster parents—advocating for children and families—who hope to one day grow their family through adoption. You can follow their unruly journey on their blog, Cornell Chaos. When she’s not trying a new restaurant, playing behind the lens of a Cannon, piddling in the yard, or scouring markets for hidden gems, Kirsten is often found teaching student ministry through Kingsland Baptist Church or escaping at a local coffee spot.


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