The Rice University Intensive English Program realizes you need a healthy balance between studying and having fun. We have suggestions of fun things to do in Houston if you have a couple of hours or a whole afternoon. On the weekend or during your break between sessions, you may want to take a day trip to the exciting attractions that are within a short drive from Houston.
Brazos Bend State Park (45-minute drive south of Houston): George Observatory (one of the largest telescopes in the nation open to the public on a regular basis), wild alligators, six lakes, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and fishing.
Huntsville State Park (90 miles north of Houston): Sam Houston statue, 210-acre lake, boating, hiking trails, horseback riding and campgrounds.