Get Outside and Play in Houston

Unbeatable weather and a fun, lively spirit make Houston a top destination for outdoor lovers in the spring.

The largest city in Texas boasts plenty of warm, sunshine-filled days that ensure residents here enjoy an enviable outdoor lifestyle. Plus, there’s so much to see and do in the Bayou City that we can’t imagine you’d want to be indoors.

If you’re looking for a new destination to explore, consider heading to Houston to feel the sunshine and experience all that makes this thriving city so unique.

Outdoor Fun In And Around Houston


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Dance along to today’s hottest music under the stars at this outdoor amphitheater. Shows play throughout the spring and summer, and you’re an easy ten-minute walk from The Westin The Woodlands.



Lake Woodlands – Enjoy a day out on the water at nearby Lake Woodlands, which merges an urban setting with the great outdoors. Fishing is popular on this heavily forested lake. And at Riva Row Boat House you can rent a single or tandem kayak and stand-up paddleboards by the hour.


Waugh Bridge Bat Colony – Watch 250,000 bats emerge for the night from under the Waugh Bridge in downtown. Reserve a pontoon boat tour to see this magnificent phenomenon up close.


Kemah Boardwalk – If you’re up for a scenic drive down to the Gulf, there is plenty of family friendly activities down at the boardwalk. There’s seaside dining, charming waterfront shopping, and thrilling retro rides including a wooden roller coaster. Even play in the water with marina rentals.



Johnson Space Center – Not to be missed, and a good place to tuck in on a rare rainy day, is the home of NASA’s mission control. Spend an entire day learning and exploring, particularly on the Level 9 Tram Tour. Reservations are required for this unparalleled experience, granting unprecedented access behind-the-scenes at the space center.


ready, set, runWESTIN – Take in the urban sights in downtown or enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the city by following 3- or 5-mile runWESTIN maps. On your own or with a group led by our run concierge, follow the route to the lake and along the waterway. And with Gear Lending with New Balance® you can borrow the latest New Balance® shoes and other gear for just $5 while staying at Westin.

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