Houston Travel Guide

USA  #3 in Best Places to Visit in Texas
Credit

Courtesy of joe daniel price/Getty Images

Best Times to Visit Houston

The best time to visit Houston is from February to April or from September to November. Thanks to its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston experiences warm weather (as well as affordable hotel prices) pretty much year-round, but come spring and fall the temperatures are pleasant and there are a variety of festivals to enjoy. You may be able to score a deal in the summer since Houston residents head elsewhere as temperatures climb, but you'll have to contend with the heat and oppressing humidity. Houston also experiences mild winters and snowfall is rare, but temperatures drop when the sun goes down so make sure to pack layers if you're traveling in December or January. 

Weather in Houston

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
62.9
43.2
66.3
46.5
73
52.5
79.6
59.4
86.3
67.7
91.4
73.3
93.7
75.1
94.5
74.8
89.7
69.8
82
60.9
72.5
52.1
64.3
44.6
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
3.38
3.2
3.41
3.31
5.09
5.93
3.79
3.76
4.12
5.7
4.34
3.74
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

February-April

Temperatures range from the mid-60s to the upper 70s this time of year, which is ideal weather for enjoying Houston's outdoor attractions like the zoo and Buffalo Bayou. Travelers can also enjoy the city's tastiest food and drink eateries' outdoor patios or catch a ball game starting in April at Minute Maid Park. Houston's largest event is also in March: the Livestock Show and Rodeo, which brings thousands of visitors to town. Expect hotel prices to skyrocket for most weekends in March.

Key events:

May-August

Summers in Houston are hot, humid and sticky, so much so that it earned the nickname the "most air-conditioned city in America." Highs remain in the low to upper 90s, with a few days seeing triple-digit temps. That, paired with the fact that Houston is one of the muggiest cities in the USA, means you should be prepared to sweat. The pros? You'll be able to pack light for a visit during the months of May through August, and you're more likely to find a deal. The cons? The scorching heat, for one, and the frequent afternoon thunderstorms, some of which can turn severe and include varied precipitation like hail.

Key events:

September-November

Fall brings a welcome reprieve from the sweltering heat, as high temperatures rest around the 70s to 80s, with lows falling to the 60s. You should keep in mind that hurricane season stretches into the fall, and the Galveston and Houston areas have been hit by damaging storms. Since this is a popular time to visit Houston, hotel deals may be harder to come by, so try to book several weeks in advance.

Key events:

December-January

December and January are the coldest months in Houston, though temperatures rarely dive below freezing. With highs in the mid-60s, the winter is still a solid time to visit the city and enjoy its top attractions. There are fewer festivals this time of year  the ones held usually relate to the holidays  but that means you should easily be able to find affordable lodging.

Key events:

Popular Times to Visit Houston

Average Tourist Volumes
Average Hotel Prices   Search Hotels
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Ttourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Houston

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019