Things to Do on Labor Day in Houston

Get out and about Houston this Labor Day

There's no need for a getaway this Labor Day when the Bayou City has so much to offer right here in town. Most Houston attractions don't offer holiday-specific events, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the long weekend with family and friends both indoors and outdoors. 

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    Discovery Green
    ••• Shaded promenade liend with 100-year-old oak trees. Larami Serrano

    Centrally located Downtown Houston, Discovery Green park is quickly becoming a favorite Houston locale. This Labor Day, cool off in the interactive splash pad, or take a stroll along Kinder Lake. Check out the park's events calendar to find out about upcoming classes, concerts or special events. 

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    ••• Galleria

    Missed a few items on your back-to-school shopping trips? Visit the Houston Galleria this Labor Day, and you’re sure to score big on Labor Day sales throughout the mall. And don’t forget to cool off on the Galleria’s phenomenal ice-skating rink. 


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    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    ••• Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Houston is home to one of the highest-rated museum districts in the country.  And this Labor Day, most of the top museums will be open — and even some with extended hours. Houston's Museum District includes the Museum of Natural Science, the Children’s Museum, the Holocaust Museum and more. Bonus: they’re all fully air-conditioned.


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    Bike Trail

    Whether you choose to hike it by foot or brave your way through on wheels, Houston has quite a few first-rate hike and bike trails to challenge you this Labor Day. The trails on this list range from beginner to expert, and some include hills and ditches. Grab the family, and make a day of traversing one of these beautiful courses.

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    YMCA Pool
    ••• YMCA Pool

    The record high temperature for September in Houston is an unfathomable 108 degrees Fahrenheit​. While temperatures that high are rare, typical Septembers in Houston see average highs at about 88 degrees Fahrenheit​. What better way to cool off than at one of the many public swimming pools in Houston?


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    Kemah Boardwalk
    ••• Kemah Boardwalk

    Since the closing of Six Flags Astroworld, Kemah Boardwalk is now Houston’s nearest and largest amusement/entertainment park. Dine on the Gulf Coast's finest seafood, seek thrills on a sky-high ferris wheel, or take in some live music this Labor Day. And since you've got the extra day, spend the weekend in the Kemah Boardwalk Inn.

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    Visit the Johnson Space Center

    Johnson Space Center
    ••• Space Center

    The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, home of the NASA astronaut corps, is located in Southeast Houston, about a 30- to 45-minute drive from Downtown. The center spans 1,620 acres and consists of 100 facilities. Experience a simulation of a zero-gravity environment in the Living in Space exhibit, or encounter a virtual rocket launch complete with exhaust at the Blast Off Theater. Not a bad way to spend this Labor Day weekend.