Consistently rated one of the city’s top attractions is the lush, welcoming, and occasionally stinky Houston Zoo (6100 Golf Course Dr., (713/533-6500, www.houstonzoo.org , 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, $10 12–64, $5.75 seniors, $5 children 2–11). Five thousand animals keep adults and children entertained in 55 acres of various worldwide ecosystems. Be sure to drop by the World of Primates, the Asian Elephant habitat, the lion and tiger exhibit, and the grizzly bear habitat.
Kids will also love the Children’s Zoo, featuring a petting area with various farm animals, and the “Meet the Keeper” program offering behind-the-cage insight. Families with children will want to set aside time for a little excursion on the train, which takes a short journey through the park along the zoo’s border.
Also, if you have children in tow, consider bringing some extra clothes since most kids love the water play area and will undoubtedly get soaked.