Houston Local Love List: Our Summer Bucket List

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We’re jumping into summer and not looking back! 

We’re sooo ready and prepared for all the fun that summer brings. Below is our Houston Local Love List, Summer Bucket List. You’ll be able to find amazing local spots to have some of the best Summertime activities without traveling too far. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, a cocktail, or need something to do with the kids while they’re out of school, you’ll find it here!

We hope that our summer favorites make it onto your “experience it” list! Supporting local is just ONE of our fave things about living in Houston

Our Houston Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Ride the Wave to Seabrook to Experience Texas' Only Floating Bar

We’re kicking off our Summer  Local Love List with Texas’ Only Floating Bar! BARge 295 is one of our favorite places to have some fun in the sun while enjoying a cold one, or whatever your drink of choice is – they got it all. There is a wide selection of drinks and their gastropub-influenced food menu won’t disappoint. 

You can also plan to host your holiday or private event there. BARge 295 offers different food and drink packages and offers reservations for your entire party. If they are not on your summer bucket list yet, add them!   

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Indulge in Fresh Oysters and a Frozen Flight While Enjoying the Waterside Views at Pier 6

Looking for beautiful dinner views paired with some legendary oysters? Then you’ll want to add Pier 6 to your list. This dining experience offers a menu full of mouthwatering seafood dishes that are to die for.  Be sure to order from a variety of frozen cocktails while you sit back and enjoy the summer views. 

Can’t pick just 1? No worries. Order a frozen flight and try ’em all! 

Mon | Closed
Tues–Thurs | 11:00am-9:00pm
Fri & Sat | 11am-10pm
Sun | 11:00am-9:00pm

📍113 6th St, San Leon, TX 77539

Summer Bucket List

Party at Houston's New Mega-Club Sekai Night and Day

If you’re looking for more club vibes, you’ll definitely want to check out one of Houston’s hottest nightclubs. Sekai Night and Day is a new indoor/outdoor venue full of dramatic lights and epic entertainment that will have you movin’ to the beat all night! 

Inside you can expect a Miami club feel equipped with private seating,  several booths, a dance floor, and multiple bars. Bring your swimsuits! Outside is set up for the ultimate pool party where you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. 

Mon-Wed | Closed
Thurs–Fri | 10:30pm–2:00am

📍 1505 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

Houston Summer Bucket List
📷 Aqua S

Get a Sweet Treat at Aqua S

Summer just got sweeter and it’s because of the tasty treats at Aqua S! If you haven’t had their signature aqua-colored ice cream you’re missing out! With over 100+ flavors of soft serve, there is sure to be something for everyone. Perfect for busy kids who need a quick outing this summer.

Haven’t been yet? We suggest you start off with their signature Sea Salt flavor. Feeling fancy or can’t choose? Try a good old-fashioned swirl and get the best of both worlds! 

Sun–Thurs | 12:00pm–10:00pm (Closed Mon)
Fri & Sat | 12:00pm–11:00pm

📍9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036

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Spend the Day Exploring the NASA Space Center

From exciting tours to incredible exhibits, and even fun educational programs, the NASA Space Center is on every kid’s summer bucket list. Honestly, probably on the adults too! Lucky for us, it’s right here in our backyard. Plan a day to bring the family out and experience space right here on earth. 

BOUNS: Moon2Mars Festival is an annual 4-day festival and conference featuring emerging ideas and technologies that will transport humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! 

Mon–Fri | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat & Sun | 10:00am–6:00pm

📍 1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

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📷 Lago Mar

Soak Up Some Sun at Lago Mar

Looking for some crystal clear waters but don’t want to spend the money on a luxury Caribbean vacation? Have no fear, Lago Mar is here! 

This 12-acre crystal clear lagoon is the largest in Texas and a unique staycation destination for the family, or even just for a romantic getaway. Lounge on white-sand beaches, swim in the beautiful waters, or dine on the beach boardwalk.

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📷 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

Have a Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

Summertime usually means kids kids kids and more kids. Looking for a fun way to get their energy out but also have fun yourself? Schlitterbahn is the way to go! The best part is there is something for all ages. From mild lazy rivers and kid-friendly attractions to adrenalin-filled rides that are sure to pack a punch! 

Daily park hours change throughout the summer, so we encourage you to check the website for tickets and operation hours.

*check website for daily park hours

📍2109 Gene Lucas Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Houston Summer Bucket List
📷 Sweet Cup

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Sweet Cup

If you find yourself in Montrose this summer, treat yourself and grab a frozen snack at Sweet Cup. This local gelato and sorbet shop was built on the owner’s own family values and experiences through their travels. Mixed with their Texas roots and local ingredients, Sweet Cup has masted the art of frozen treats! 

Sun–Thurs | 12:00pm–9:00pm (Closed Mon)
Fri & Sat | 12:00pm–9:30pm

📍 3939 Montrose Boulevard, Suite L Houston, TX, 77006

Houston Summer Bucket List
📷 Moody Gardens

Have a Weekend Getaway at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach

The ultimate weekend staycation! Moody Gardens is a beautiful hotel that offers much more than a hot breakfast. Once you’re settled in your room, take the kids over to the on-site water park where they can have some fun in the lazy river, wave pool, tower slides, splash pad, and enjoy the white sandy beach! 

Don’t worry, mom and dad you get to have fun too! Check out the spa for a nice relaxing evening or book a tee time and get your golf game on. Other attractions include 3D theaters, a discovery museum, paddle wheel boats, and so much more!

Mon-Sun | 10:00am–4:00pm

📍 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

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Hayley Dobbs

Hayley Dobbs

Hayley is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our text and email, and follow us on social!