Complete the Katy summer bucket list before kids go back to school

Katy ISD returns for the 2022-23 school year on Aug. 17, which means there’s less than a month of summer left. Time is running out to experience some of Katy’s best summer destinations. Check out our summer “bucket list” to make sure you’ve hit all the top destinations before the season ends.

One of the largest water parks in Texas, Typhoon Texas is a quintessential summer destination. The park, which reopened April 16, features a 27,000-square-foot wave pool and 33 slides. With water slides, a lazy river, live entertainment, a wave pool, private cabana and dining and drink options, Typhoon Texas is a good attraction for a full day of fun.

Address: 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, Texas 77494
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm on most days
Price: General admission for $49.99, season pass for $79.99, discounts for small kids, military and seniors

Typhoon Texas

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Alamo Drafthouse

Beat the heat and catch a summer blockbuster at Katy’s kitschiest movie theater. Alamo Drafthouse not only offers a full menu and bar, it pays homage to all-things cinema with film festivals, celebrity guests and special events.

Address: 2707 Commercial Blvd, Katy, Texas 77494
Hours: Vary by film showing
Price: Prices start at $6.50

Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse

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Andretti’s Karting and Games

Indoor entertainment racing center Andretti Karting and Games offers the latest technology in entertainment racing and gaming. Named for the iconic Andretti racing family, the 90,000 square foot facility is packed with activities focused around racing and gaming. Every feature, from the virtual reality battlefronts to the eponymous race tracks, has an authentic sensory experience.

Address: 1230 Grand W. Blvd, Katy, Texas 77449
Hours: 10 am – 12 am
Price: Packages start at $25, but attractions can be purchased individually starting at $8.95 each

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

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Howdy Homemade Ice Cream

Cool off with a scoop of ice cream at Howdy Homemade Ice Cream. The frozen dessert shop offers 18 different flavors of ice cream. As an added benefit, Howdy Homemade employs individuals with special needs, providing them with meaningful employment in a loving environment.

Address: 20920 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas 77449
Hours: 12-9 pm
Price: Varies

Ice cream is scooped up for a customer during the grand opening of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Katy.  Hundreds of people flocked to the new ice cream franchise, owned and run by Houston rap artist, activist and philanthropist Trae tha Truth and his business partner Roderick Batson.  The shop's mission is not just to serve up hand scooped ice cream but to also give employment opportunities to adults with special needs.

Ice cream is scooped up for a customer during the grand opening of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Katy. Hundreds of people flocked to the new ice cream franchise, owned and run by Houston rap artist, activist and philanthropist Trae tha Truth and his business partner Roderick Batson. The shop’s mission is not just to serve up hand scooped ice cream but to also give employment opportunities to adults with special needs.

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TopGolf

This interactive and high tech driving range is perfect for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Topgolf features 102 bays, all of which are climate controlled. The venue also features a full bar and restaurant. With competitive play options, it’s a good destination for a large group.

Address: 101 Memorial Brook Dr, Houston, Texas 77084
Hours: 10 am- 11 pm
Price: $29 per hour per bay

TopGolf Katy is one of only three Houston locations.

TopGolf Katy is one of only three Houston locations.

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Bahama Mama’s Shaved Ice

Katy’s authentic shaved ice stand Bahama Mama’s has been serving up some of the city’s best shaved ice since 1993. The unassuming stand is tucked off the main road, so don’t get frustrated if you drive past it on the first try. Choose between dozens of flavors or create you own mixed masterpiece with this perennial summer snack.

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