Your Family Friendly Guide to the Houston Rodeo
Houston, TX during the livestock show and rodeo is a true Texas tradition and the perfect family getaway with tons to do for both parents and kids — bbq contest, horse show, trail rides, carnival, food, and so much more. Plus, the concert line-up this year is beyond amazing with Luke Bryan, Cardi B, Santana, Kasey Musgraves, Kings of Leon, Panic! at the Disco and More!
If you didn’t grow up in the area, you might be thinking, where the heck do I start with with all of this? Katy Moms to the rescue! We put together a little guide to the rodeo for y’all to make your lives a just little easier!
Hotel Zaza, Marriott Marquis Houston, Hotel Granduca (if you decide to go without the kids!) The new(-ish) Marriott Marquis is close to Discovery Green, a great park that always has its own activities going on along with art installations, splash pools and a pond with boats. Its also has its own Texas shaped lazy river which is sure to keep the kids occupied! The JW Marriot Downtown offers a luxury experience in the historic Samuel F. Carter skyscraper.
Favorite Restaurants: With the kids: El Tiempo Cantina (several locations) is a must for Tex-Mex, Brookstreet BBQ, Goode Company BB,; Hungry’s, Original Ninfas on Navigation. Date night: Pappas Bros, Mastro’s, and Tiny Boxwoods for delicious food in a lovely atmosphere. Happy Hour/Brunch: Max’s Wine Dive, Benjys, and the Tasting Room
Kid Friendly Activities in Houston: Children’s Museum, Health Museum, Natural Science Museum and the Houston Zoo are all practically within walking distance. And, make time for a day trip to Kemah Boardwalk (rides and amusements on the waterfront in Galveston Bay) and a visit to the Space Center.
Rodeo Highlights: The Junction (formerly Kids Country) is a kid-focused area that tests visitors’ sense of adventure with rides, games and fun exhibits. It also offers fun for the kiddos like camel rides, a petting zoo, pig racing, a double carousel and more. Check out the amazing concert line up with all the best country music stars (book a babysitter via Best Buds Babysitting or care.com and treat yourself to a night out!).
Carnival: This is our kiddos favorite part! The Rodeo’s luxurious Ferris wheel features 36 air-conditioned cabins complete with padded leather seats, and enough room for the whole fam. And just steps away, all the best foods, including turkey legs, corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, are within easy reach at the carnival. There are fun kiddo rides, pig races, and games galore! Wednesday nights are FREE for kids under 12 and for seniors over 65.
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Shopping: Uptown Houston, Rice Village, Children’s toy and gift stores: Fundamentally Toys, Imagination Toys & Shoes/CardSmart, Doodles Baby Gifts and More Unique to Houston: Al’s Handmade Boots, and My Flaming Heart
The Houston Rodeo takes place from 2/25 to 3/17 and more information is available at: https://www.rodeohouston.com.
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