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The Ultimate Houston Bucket List

If you live in Houston, you need to visit the Johnson Space Center—that’s a given. But be sure to check out the Waugh Bat Bridge too! Whether you’re a lifelong Houstonian or a newcomer to the city, make room on your bucket list for these 21 must-see attractions in Houston.

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  1. See a sunset show at the James Turrell skyspace.

    Enjoy the sunset light sequence at the "Twilight Epiphany" show.

  2. Check out the gators in Brazos Bend State Park.
    Don't miss the chance to see gators chilling by the trails.

  3. Explore the Lone Star Flight Museum.
    Join a scavenger hunt, enjoy a flight simulation, and more.

  4. Dine high above Houston.
    Go to Spindletop (34th floor) or the 43rd Restaurant & Lounge for a great meal and view.

  5. Enjoy the Wings Over Houston Air Show at Ellington Airport.
    It's the perfect place to enjoy vintage aircraft and exciting new planes.

  6. Have fun on the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier rides.
    Enjoy 16 rides along with live entertainment, games, and tons of delicious food.

  7. See the bats at the Waugh Bat Bridge.
    Go around sunset to see 250,000 bats flying.

  8. Enjoy a movie at Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown.
    Watch a family movie while lounging in the Wild Wave Pool.

  9. Connect with the outdoors by camping in Huntsville State Park.
    Experience miles of trails and a 210-acre lake.

  10. Watch a game up close at the Toyota Center.
    Join the Red Rowdies for an unforgettable night of even more excitement.

  11. Ride the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry and spot dolphins.
    It's the sole way for motorists to cross between these two places, and it's free.

  12. Get in touch with your inner cowboy at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
    With bull riding, country music, and tons of deep-fried food, what more do you need?

  13. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the River Oaks Theatre.
    Once a month, come out to the River Oaks Theatre to catch this cult classic.

  14. Take in the marvels of the Houston Zoo.
    It has more exotic animals than you can count and summer camp activities for kids.

  15. Go on the free Sam Houston boat tour.
    This tour will take you around the port while you learn all about Houston's maritime activity.

  16. Enjoy nature at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.
    Stroll down the paths and enjoy the fresh air and turtle pond.

  17. View Houston from the San Jacinto Monument and Museum.
    Enjoy a stunning view of the city from the top and learn state history at the museum itself.

  18. Walk through the Water Works Cistern.
    This massive cistern features rotating light and art installations you can view on official tours.

  19. Go horseback riding at the Cypress Trails Ranch.
    A perfect option whether you're an experienced rider or you've never been on a horse before.

  20. Go country dancing at Wild West.
    Grab your hat and boots and make your way down to Wild West for some two-stepping.

  21. Visit the Johnson Space Center.
    Can you really call yourself a Houstonian if you've never been to the JSC?

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