When to Visit Houston

by SmarterTravel Staff

With warm temperatures and affordable prices throughout the year, there's never really a wrong time to visit Houston. The most popular times are in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild and the days are bright.

Summers can get hot, sending many people to cool off near the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are cooler and bring fewer visitors, except during the holiday season when many people come to shop.

  • high season: March to May, October to November
  • low season: July to August, December to January
  • shoulder season: February, September

Weather Information

Houston experiences a temperate climate year-round, with temperatures rarely passing 100 degrees. Summers get hot, with highs averaging 93 degrees and the heaviest rainfall occurring in June. Winter temperatures drop to an average high of 65 degrees, with the coolest weather in January. Spring and fall see pleasant temperatures and clear days, with highs in the 70s and 80s.

Crowd Information

Houston sees a rise in visitors during sporting events and annual festivals such as the Livestock Show and Rodeo in February and March and the Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving. Suburbs such as Clear Lake and Galveston see more visitors during the summer, when people come to enjoy the seaside. Major cruise lines also depart from Houston, giving a rise in visitors during October through April.

Closure Information

Most hotels are open year-round, but many restaurants and attractions close on national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When to Save

Prices remain fairly standard throughout the year, but some hotels may offer discounts or package deals during major events.

Information provided by the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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