Space Center Houston, the area’s top attraction and the closest thing to space on Earth, 2001 NASA Parkway, Clear Lake. The NASA Visitors Center – now the home of a space shuttle replica – is open daily all year except Christmas Day. Tickets $22.95, includes tram ride to Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control.
Kemah Boardwalk’s array of restaurants including The Aquarium, where you can dive into a dining adventure beside the 50,000-gallon aquarium full of fish, sharks and stingrays; and the famous Landry’s Seafood Restaurant overlooking Clear Creek Channel; rides, roller coaster, train, shopping, bands and fireworks. 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah.
Schlitterbahn, 2109 Lockheed, Galveston Island. Over 33 attractions at this water park built for family fun. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $56.97 and $66.97.
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Drive. Open daily. Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.
Main Event, 1125 Magnolia Ave., Webster. 9 a.m. to midnight. A whole day of fun for both kids and adults — bowling, billiards, laser tag, café and bar, arcade, rock climbing, glow golf, etc. Prices vary.
Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston, where families can experience exotic and endangered plants in the Rainforest Pyramid and meet a real penguin in the Aquarium Pyramid and then lie in the sun at Palm Beach. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Value pass $49.95 or $17.95 per pyramid.
Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd., on the Gulf in Galveston. 16 rides, midway games. Tickets $21.99-$26.99.
Butler Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City – a look at Texas and the American West. Open daily. Variety of classes and events.
Bay Area Museum, 5001 NASA Parkway in Clear Lake Park offers historical area memorabilia. Chapel for weddings. Open Wednesday-Friday 12-5; Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-5.
Nolan Ryan Museum, 2925 South 35 Bypass, Alvin. Videos, photos and mementos of an astonishing baseball career with the Astros, Rangers, Mets and Angels. Monday-Friday 9-4. Tickets $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and children.
Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonet, Houston. Massive array of exhibits and art. Open Tuesday-Saturday. $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children. Titanic exhibit, artifacts, tombs and temples, Butterfly Center; new paleontology hall. Open daily.
Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. Interactive science learning center. Ticket $8 for adults, $6 for children. Open daily except Monday.
Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay. Sept. 7-23: Kiss Me Kate with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students.
Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway 3, Dickinson. Love, Sex and the I.R.S. Sept. 28-Oct. 21 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under.
Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen Genoa Road. Aug. 24-Sept. 16: Gypsy with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City. Sept. 6-30, Dally With the Devil at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $11 to $23.
Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, Edward Scissorhands, Oct. 19-21; The Nutcracker – Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and Dec.7-9, 7:30 p.m., UH-Clear Lake Bayou Theatre.
Houston Ballet, Wortham Theatre, 501 Texas Ave., Houston. Madame Butterfly, Sept. 6-16.
Baybrook Mall, 19000 Gulf Freeway, Houston.
Baybrook Gateway, 19001 Gulf Freeway, Webster.
Marina Bay Village Shopping Center, FM 2094, League City.
Victory lakes Town Center, I-45 and FM 646, League City.
League City Towne Center, I-45 and FM 646, League City.
Bay Colony Town Center, I-45 and FM 646, League City.
El Dorado Marketplace, I-45 and El Dorado, Clear Lake.
Pasadena Town Square, 171 Pasadena Town Square, Pasadena.
Bal Harbour Marina, 123 Lakeside Lane, Nassau Bay.
South Shore Harbour Marina, 800 Marina Drive, League City.
Seabrook Marina, 1900 Shipyard Drive, Seabrook.
Kemah Marina, 555 Bradford Ave., Kemah.
Lakewood Yacht Club, 2425 NASA Parkway, Seabrook.
Marina Bay Harbor Yacht Club, 323 W. 6th St., Clear Lake Shores.
Waterford Harbor Marina & Yacht Club, 800 Mariner Drive, Kemah.
Watergate Yachting Center, 1500 Marina Bay Drive, Clear Lake Shores.