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Although we’re used to sweating and repeating deodorant applications, the endless summer days and high humidity make staying fresh a priority. This makes summer the perfect time to explore Houston’s many indoor activities that will appeal to the whole family, from preschoolers to teens and even adults.

Houston hotels with indoor pools

Many Houstonians seek the relief of water and pools on hot summer days, but sometimes it’s too hot to swim outside. Don’t worry, ditch the sunscreen at these Houston hotels with indoor pools.

Hilton Americas Houston

Located in the heart of downtown, the Hilton Americas Houston is minutes from popular attractions including Discovery Green, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. In addition to an on-site spa and R24 rooftop lounge, the popular hotel has a temperature-controlled indoor pool making it easy for guests to beat the heat with a relaxing game time or session. comfortable workout.

Find it: 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX, 77010; 713-739-8000

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Galleria

Shop till you drop at the Galleria, then head to the cool comfort of a Houston hotel with indoor pool. Located minutes from Houston’s largest mall, the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Galleria offers all the amenities of an upscale hotel, including a 24-hour fitness center, on-site restaurant and suites with mini-refrigerators and microwave ovens.

Find it: 2900 Sage Road, Houston, TX, 77056; 713-622-3611

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District

This hotel keeps guests connected not only to the largest medical center in the world, but also to popular destinations such as the Houston Zoo, the Museum District, and the Rice Village neighborhood. Guests of the Houston Marriott Medical Center can also take advantage of the hotel’s indoor pool and hot tub. Floor-to-ceiling windows on one side of the pool allow for plenty of natural sunlight without having to deal with scorching temperatures or the accompanying humidity.

Find it: 6580 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77030; 713-796-0080

Children have fun in an indoor playground and play with multicolored plastic balls.

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Indoor playgrounds

There’s nothing quite like being cooped up at home when Houston has so many indoor playgrounds to explore. Kids can run, jump and climb indoors in almost any part of town in these bespoke venues.

Laughter and fun

Kids 12 and under will love the age-appropriate climbing structures, slides, ball pits and crawling toys at this indoor play center. With two locations (Houston and Katy) and plenty of time set aside for free play, kids will have fun with opportunities for both active and imaginative play.

Find it: 20117 Park Row, Katy, TX 77449; 281-492-2000

Find it: 1801 S. Dairy Ashford Road, Suite #129, Houston, TX 77077; 832-243-1920


Adventure awaits at one of Houston’s most popular indoor playgrounds. Located in the Heights neighborhood, kids will have fun on a huge ropes course, pirate ship play structure, three-story playscape, pedal cars and room to ride for tons of fun. imaginative fun.

Find it: 767 N. Shepherd Drive, Suite #400, Houston, TX 77007; 713-864-4242

Hooray Indoor Playground

Perfect for kids seven and under, the Hooray Indoor Playground is a great place for little ones to burn off energy and let their imaginations run wild. Kids won’t be able to resist the ball blasting area, interactive throw zone, jungle gyms or toddler play area.

Find it: 3750 Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450; 832-437-9897

Children playing with soft cubes in an indoor trampoline park.

Children playing with soft cubes in an indoor trampoline park.

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Indoor trampoline parks

Have you ever seen someone jump up and down on a trampoline without a big smile? We neither. Most Houston trampoline parks have upped their game and offer more than a bouncing good time. Get ready for bumper cars, arcades, mini golf and more at these inflatable playgrounds for adults and kids.

Flip N’ Fun Trampoline Park

Plan to spend a fun day at this epic northwest Houston hotspot. While it’s known for its indoor trampoline arena, guests can also experience bumper cars, laser tag, a dizzying ropes course, and rock climbing. There are more than enough activities to keep everyone in the group busy and happy for hours.

Find it: 5379 W. Richey Road, Houston, TX 77066; 832-602-5400

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

Urban Air is not your typical trampoline park. Its four Houston locations offer so many activities that they’re more like mini indoor theme parks featuring indoor skydiving, trapeze, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, dodgeball courts and more. Moreover. The best thing about a summer visit? No queuing under the hot sun.

Find it: multiple locations here.

Altitude trampoline park

The adage “everything is bigger in Texas” is true for Altitude Trampoline Park’s Spring-Klein location. At over 45,000 square feet, it is one of the largest trampoline parks in the state. Jump and play in 13 different areas and pass the time with games such as Extreme Dodgeball, Battle Beam or Wipe Out.

Find it: 4740 Spring Cypress Road, Suite #200, Spring, TX 77379; 832-698-2374

A father and son having fun in a playroom, playing a game and pointing toy laser guns at a screen.

A father and son having fun in a playroom, playing a game and pointing toy laser guns at a screen.

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Arcades, virtual reality and more

Everyone from kids to adults will enjoy these Houston spots, including virtual reality, arcade games, bowling, and indoor go-karting. After all, summer recreation takes on a different meaning in an exciting and fun environment.

Indoor karting and Andretti games

As one of Houston’s most expansive indoor karting venues, this funplex in Katy sees its fair share of adventurers. Although guests can opt for go-karting, they will stay for the arcade, mini golf, virtual reality games and laser tag.

Find it: 1230 Grand W. Blvd., Katy, TX 77449; 832-974-2201

iFly Instructor Ivan Buznego, right, helps Lead Instructor Marlon Mahoney, left, float in the wind tunnel while wearing a virtual reality headset for a virtual free fall from 13,000 feet on Monday, June 25, 2018.

iFly Instructor Ivan Buznego, right, helps Lead Instructor Marlon Mahoney, left, float in the wind tunnel while wearing a virtual reality headset for a virtual free fall from 13,000 feet on Monday, June 25, 2018.

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iFly Houston

Thrill seekers will love the feeling of free falling without having to put food outside or on a plane. Using a towering wind tunnel, indoor skydiving at iFly’s two Houston locations defies gravity and uses the same technology used by skydiving professionals and the military.

Find it: several locations here.

Cidercade Houston

Boasting over 275 games, this EaDo arcade and bar offers one of the cheapest day passes. Before 8 p.m., take the kids to this family-friendly arcade where $10 buys a day pass in a comfortable, air-conditioned environment. After 8 p.m., leave the little ones at home and try one of 48 ciders on tap while enjoying vintage arcade games and late-night shenanigans.

Find it: 2320 Canal St., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77003; 281-787-2726

social palace

Beloved Palace Social Bowling Lanes in Bellaire has undergone a massive makeover transforming it from a beloved relic into a modern indoor entertainment venue in Houston. Guests can roll a ball or two on one of their eight bowling lanes or enjoy their virtual reality arena, arcade games, multi-sport simulation bays or a 3D Dark Ride. Palace Bowling Lanes also offers a delicious menu of nostalgic comfort food and Southern classics.

Find it: 4191 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 150, Houston, TX 77025; 713-913-4955

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