Houston CityPASS

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Visitors to Houston, Texas’s largest city, come for the great weather, tons of parks, professional sports, and thriving arts and theater districts. The Houston CityPASS is a great way to sample five of the city’s best attractions. CityPASSes are pre-paid, tear-out ticket booklets that offer more than 40% savings on admission, plus skip-the-line privileges at many attractions.

In Houston you can visit Space Center Houston (and be one of thousands of people to say the famous Apollo 13 line, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”), the Downtown Aquarium, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Then, depending on your interests, choose either the Houston Zoo or the Health Museum, and either the Museum of Fine Arts or the Children’s Museum of Houston as bonus attractions.

Top Included Houston Attractions

Space Center Houston (NASA), includes guided tram tour
Downtown Aquarium
Houston Zoo

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good?

You can skip the lines at most attractions with a CityPASS.

This is a very family-friendly City Pass. All of the attractions are great for kids.

Admission to Space Center Houston includes a NASA tram tour through working areas of the Johnson Space Center.

Exhibits at the Houston Children’s Museum are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Admission to the Health Museum also includes a 4-D science film.

What Could get better?

If your schedule will accommodate it, many of the attractions have times when they’re free to the public, so your CityPASS may not be much of a value in the end. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is free to the public from 2 to 6 pm on Tuesdays. The Museum of Fine Arts is free every Thursday. The Children’s Museum is free on Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm.

All of the IMAX presentations and special exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Natural Science cost extra— from $9 to $25 extra for adults.

Parking can fill up quickly at the Houston Zoo if you don’t arrive early in the day.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Although you can only choose one from each pair of the bonus locations, your CityPASS does entitle you to discounted admission at the second location.

At Downtown Aquarium, City Pass holders can get unlimited rides on the train, Ferris wheel, and carousel for a $5 upgrade.

Insider Tips

CityPASS holders are entitled to a free appetizer (chef’s choice) and preferred seating at the restaurant at Downtown Aquarium, where seating surrounds a 150,000-gallon aquarium.

Allow four or five hours to see everything at the Space Center Houston.

Call the Houston Museum of Natural Science at (713) 639-4629 for information about “crowd intensity.”

Visit the Houston Zoo in the morning when the animals will be most active— and before the parking lot gets full.

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Where to Buy It

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Houston but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the CityPASS website. Buy with confidence from the official site.