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Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Explore Space Center Houston with its 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. Discover attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program, all for one admission price. See the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. Go behind-the-scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center (based on availability). Learn about the world-renowned home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Experience the newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. See the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters which is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission. It marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

2. Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

Explore the wonders of space travel on an unforgettable tour that includes a mini-city tour around Houston and roundtrip transportation to the NASA/Johnson Space Center. Enjoy interactive exhibits and activities, touch a moon rock, take a tram ride to the NASA control center and see the shuttle replica at the Independence Plaza. Begin your day of space exploration on land as you are taken a short city sightseeing tour around Houston where you can see some of its most important landmarks.  Afterward, drive 25 miles from the center of Houston to the Space Center Houston and experience America’s adventures in space first-hand. Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It is a separate facility that features activities and exhibits designed jointly by NASA and Disney Imagineering. Get a chance to ride the half-hour tram tour that goes to the gigantic International Space Station Assembly Building and to the NASA control center. Both kids and adults will enjoy the interactive displays. Don’t miss the Starship Gallery Artifact Museum, where you can touch a moon rock or try out the simulator that lets you land the lunar orbiter.

Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

3. Houston CityPASS®: Save 50% at 5 Top Attractions

This flexible CityPASS is the perfect way to explore some of Houston’s top attractions.  Simply present your mobile ticket at each attraction for entry.     Houston CityPASS includes admission to: 1- Space Center Houston - Explore the wonders of space and let your imagination soar. Go behind the scenes and experience the past, present and future of human space exploration. Arrive early to join in on a free tram tour to NASA Mission Control room; space is limited. 2- Downtown Aquarium - Experience the wonder of the underwater world at the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. Discover over 300 species of marine life from around the globe, touch and feed live stingrays, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bengal tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. 3- Houston Museum of Natural Science - Delight in the natural world and experience four floors of dynamic permanent exhibits that will entertain and educate every age group. See real-life dinosaur skeletons in the Morian Hall of Paleontology exhibit. 4- Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston Zoo - Majestic elephants, red pandas, chimpanzees and rhinos are just a few animals you can find at the Houston Zoo. This accredited zoo is home to over 6000 animals and 900 species with a mission to save animals in the wild. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Explore one of the largest museums in the U.S., home to nearly 70,000 works of art from around the world, from antiquity to the present. Take advantage of an ever-changing schedule brimming with activities and programs for all ages! 5- Kemah Boardwalk OR Children’s Museum of Houston Kemah Boardwalk - Enjoy this unique Boardwalk which is full of amusement rides, nine waterfront restaurants, shopping, midway games, live entertainment and weekend festivals. Brave the Bullet rollercoaster, ride the train and Ferris wheel, and plunge 140 feet on the Drop Zone. Kemah Boardwalk appeals to all kids – young and old!   Children’s Museum of Houston - At this playground for the mind, your children will harness the power of water as FlowWorks unleashes a tsunami of wet, wild fun; run an entire city at Kidtropolis; leap, jump, crawl and climb up PowerPlay; and create, concoct and invent their own gadgets in the Invention Convention.

Houston: Museum of Natural Sciences Ticket

4. Houston: Museum of Natural Sciences Ticket

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of natural science with an entrance ticket to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the USA’s most-visited museums. See spectacular mineral specimens, dinosaur skeletons, space-station models, and much more. Gaze at dozens of prehistoric beasts in the Morian Hall of Paleontology, brought to life in lively displays that animate their struggle to survive. See a blue topaz crystal of more than 2,000 carats in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. Celebrate the diversity of America’s indigenous peoples in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas. Come face to face with wildlife ecology at the Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife, or learn about shell science and the study of molluscs at the Strake Hall of Malacology.

Houston: Space Center Self-Guided Tour with Transportation

5. Houston: Space Center Self-Guided Tour with Transportation

Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. Discover more than 400 space artifacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display. Explore the red planet in the new Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, the hardware required, and how we may live on the red planet in the next few decades. See the international landmark Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and the NASA breakthroughs and technological advances gained from the Space Shuttle Program. Journey on to the NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration (you will not be accompanied by a guide during your visit to the center). Explore Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed. Visit Historic Mission Control, from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the first lunar landing. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

Houston: Space Explorer Pass

6. Houston: Space Explorer Pass

Spend your day learning about space and space exploration at two different attractions in Houston. Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about the NASA Mission and astronaut training. Explore space at the Burke Baker Planetarium, which offers an unprecedented immersive experience with a best-in-class projection system.  Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts including the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples. As the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and areas used for astronaut training. At the Burke Baker Planetarium, the newly updated Digitar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. With this pass you'll also gain entry to the Museum's permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy and space science plus a whole host of other topics focused a little closer to Earth!

Houston Tour and Aquarium Ticket

7. Houston Tour and Aquarium Ticket

Hop on board these unique open top buses to discover the best of this amazing city, with breathtaking views of the modern energy capitol of the world. Houston is the largest city in the south and it offers its visitors a great variety of attractions, magnificent architecture, historic places, and landmarks. See many of these on this hop-on hop-off tour. Tours start every morning at 10:00am from the Texan Cowboy themed Visitors Center. In addition, at the Downtown Aquarium, you can discover an amazing collection of marine life, exhibits, rides, and attractions.

Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

8. Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

Explore 8 of Houston's most exciting museums including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, Houston Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, and The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. Houston is known for many incredible museums. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 3-day option for more time to visit them all. This pass is activated upon first use and valid for the days you've selected.

Houston: GetOutPass

9. Houston: GetOutPass

The GetOutPass is the ultimate fun-pass. It works as an app on your smartphone. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to the best entertainment attractions in your area! Roller coasters, arcades, good times--we've got you covered. When you sign on to the GetOutPass, you'll get access to venues in Houston through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an “offer” specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, or special perks, just to name a few. Attractions Included with the GetOutPass Houston: Kemah Boardwalk - Kemah Pleasure Pier - Galveston Typhoon Texas - Katy Downtown Aquarium - Houston Houston Aquarium & Animal Adventure - Humble Houston Museum of Natural Science - Houston Jumping World Pasadena - Pasadena Houston SaberCats - Houston Bricks and Minifigs - Pearland Pinspiration Kingwood - Kingwood AGR Sports Indoor Paintball - Houston Copperfield Bowl - Houston MaxBowl - Humble DBAT - West Houston Humble SportsPlex - Humble Pinspiration Houston Heights - Houston Humble Family Skate Center - Humble Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade - Houston Exitus VR - Houston The Glazery art & fun - Missouri City Color Me Mine - Katy My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Atascocita Code Ninjas - Richmond Gulf Coast Archery - Webster Houston Karting Complex - Conroe Houston Axe Throwing- Bellaire Time to Spare Entertainment - Cut and Shoot MaxBowl - Baytown Houston Axe Throwing- Katy Painting with a Twist - Humble Paint Until You Faint - Richmond Tank's Gelly Ball - Richmond My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Spring Primary Paint Party - Prime Art Gallery - Houston Premier Martial Arts - Richmond Code Ninjas: Riverstone - Sugar Land Tanks Paintball - Richmond Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio - Sugar Land Texas Archery - Spring Paint with a Twist - Pearland Premier Martial Arts - Rosenberg Code Ninjas - Sugarland Pedego: West Houston - Fulshear MaxBowl - Port Arthur ShowBiz Cinemas - Liberty Lakes - Kingwood Houston Badminton Center - Stafford Pedego - Houston Heights ShowBiz Cinemas - Kingwood Premier Martial Arts - Shadow Creek - Pearland Crazy Dash - Houston Operation City Quest - Houston Puzzling Adventures - Houston 3Quest Challenge - Houston Wacky Walks - Houston Zombie Scavengers - Houston Ice at the Galleria - Houston Texas Entertainment Xperience - Texas City

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

10. Houston: City Sightseeing Tour & Space Center Houston Entry

Take in Houston's main sites and attractions during a day trip. Explore the city's parks and districts and visit the Space Center to learn all about space exploration. Meet your guide outside the Toyota Center and climb aboard the van for your 3-hour guided tour of Houston. First, visit Green Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Next, get some great photos of art in Graffiti Park. Take in the entertainment district, followed by the court district. See the Annunciation Catholic Church and nearby Minute Maid Park. Next, visit the historic districts. Take in Harris county courthouse and Congress plaza and learn the history of the Rice Hotel before heading to the art district. See the Downtown Aquarium, Buffalo Bayou, and City Hall. Marvel at the Chevron Building Auditorium. Admire Houston Museum District with the stunning McGovern Centennial Gardens and much more. Then, visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States. Explore the red planet at the new Mission Mars exhibit. Enter a shuttle replica and enjoy a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era. Then, go on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration with the NASA Tram Tour. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

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What people are saying about Houston

Great tour . Our guide Alex, made it fun and worth it . He gave us good advice on what to do once we were inside the Space Center in order to take advantage of the 3 hours we were there. I absolutely recommend this tour !

Israel was a great tour guide! His love and knowledge for his city Houston made the experience even better! I recommend him!

Definitely a must see when in Houston. We are already making plans to come back when our kid is born.

The museum was great. The tram guide/interpreter was fantastic. Very good experience.

If you love anything to do with the space program you will enjoy this