Planning a family vacation can be a daunting task, especially for parents whose kids range in ages. It's a challenge to keep their interests piqued, and tantrums can erupt at the drop of a hat for reasons scientists still don't understand. Then there's the just as important responsibility of ensuring the adults enjoy their time away, too. Luckily, the Texas city of Houston is filled with an abundance of activities suited for an ultimate family vacation. These diverse attractions promise to keep everyone happy.

10 Houston Zoo

It's as much fun for adults to watch their kids' faces light up with wonder as it is to see the animals at the zoo. A trip to the Houston Zoo is one the whole family can feel good about, too. Their dedication to providing their animals with a good life and working in other countries to preserve wild species is ideal for teaching children about respecting the environment. Over 6,000 animals call the Houston Zoo home, including fan favorites like giraffes, lions, and gorillas.

9 The Chocolate Bar

It's doubtful that a trip to The Chocolate Bar would lead to protest from any member of the family. The sweet tooths' heaven serves an array of treats suited for every palate. From ice cream and cake to cookies and fudge, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Those who aren't big on chocolate or have dietary restrictions will still find something to indulge in, and The Chocolate Bar even features dog-friendly treats to take home to the four-legged friends who were left behind!

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8 Urban Air Adventure Park

A person's never too old to have some fun, and the Urban Air Adventure Park is the perfect way to get the whole family moving. The attraction will keep everyone happy if some rain forces a vacation to move inside. Kids and adults can test their high jump in the trampoline room, race for gold in some Go-Karts, climb to the top of the rock wall, and conquer the obstacles on the ropes course. These are just a few of the fantastic activities at Urban Air Adventure Park guaranteed to keep the good times rolling all day long.

7 Space Center Houston

Plenty of kids (and adults) have dreamt of becoming an astronaut, and a great way to see if a person has what it takes is by visiting Space Center Houston. The attraction boasts an impressive collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits that take visitors on a journey through space like no other. Families will enjoy up-close views of actual shuttles that went into space, learn about what it will take to colonize Mars, and even tour real-life astronaut training facilities at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

6 Bayou Bend Collection And Gardens

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens will have families feeling like they're walking through the pages of a fairytale. Stunning sculptures blend in with beautifully landscaped gardens. Wooden bridges cross over magical vegetation that looks like a team of forest fairies put it together. Adults will enjoy the fresh air and fine art while the kids search for every color of the rainbow growing in the gardens.

5 Old MacDonald's Farm

What could be more enjoyable than spending a day getting up close and personal with everyone's favorite farm animals? The nursery rhyme comes to life at Old MacDonald's farm. Kids can ride ponies and the mini choo-choo train between hand-feeding pigs, cows, goats, and more! If there's any gas left in the tank, kids can burn it off running around the playground while parents enjoy a relaxing sit at the picnic tables.

4 Children's Museum Of Houston

Just because everyone's on vacation doesn't mean the family can't learn a thing or two. Kids will immediately get excited when they step inside the colorful Children's Museum of Houston. In the "How Does It Work?" exhibit, families will discover how electricity travels and more. In "Kidtropolis," children work together to operate their own mini-metropolis. "Sights Unseen" is sure to thrill guests of all ages, as the interactive exhibit explores how vision works for humans and animals.

3 Seismique

A trip to Seismique is like walking into one of those psychedelic black-light posters hanging on parents' walls during their teenage years. The interactive museum puts its guests inside the art, walking through several rooms specifically designed to astound and inspire. The thoughtful combination of lights, sounds, and sculptures comes together to transport guests to a world filled with intergalactic creativity from start to finish.

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2 Cockrell Butterfly Center

Families can take a trip to the rainforest at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Hundreds of butterflies flutter freely through the habitat, feeding on orange slices hung like ornaments from the tropical trees. The magic doesn't stop at butterflies, though. Also on tap are displays of preserved bug specimens and live insects like giant beetles, ant colonies, and tarantulas.

1 Downtown Aquarium

Take the adventure underwater at Houston's Downtown Aquarium. Exhibits feature an array of marine and other wildlife sure to spark wonder in guests of all ages. Visitors will marvel at the fish weaving in and out of the impressive coral reefs created by the aquarium's biologists in the "Shipwreck" exhibit. At "Stingray Reef," families can get their hands wet by safely feeding and petting the graceful animals undulating through the water, a memory they're sure never to forget.

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