Katy combines the charm of a small town with Texas-sized sights and attractions. Make a splash at the waterpark and discover the Lone Star State’s rich history at a fantastic collection of museums and heritage parks. Wherever you go, you’re never too far from a hearty serving of Texas BBQ.
Things to do in Katy
Discover the city’s industrial past at the Katy Railroad Museum. The museum is housed in a restored depot and doubles as the Katy Visitors Centre. Snap a photo with the cherry-red caboose outside the museum. Nearby is the Katy Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the city’s pioneer history and view antique farming equipment.
Stroll around Katy Heritage Park and admire beautifully restored buildings from the 19th century. Clapboard facades, white picket fences and wraparound balconies give the homes plenty of Southern charm. Historical markers offer more information on unique residences like Wright House and Featherston House. The historic bandstand hosts family-friendly concerts in the summer.
You can beat the heat at Typhoon Texas Waterpark. Get your pulse racing on the seven-story freefall water slide and bump along white-water rapids on the raft ride, then slow down the pace with a float on the lazy river or a sunbathing session by the wave pool. Rent a cabana to escape the crowds and enjoy attentive service.
From braised suckling pig to baby back ribs and melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, Katy is a great place to try Texas BBQ. There’s a big focus on American-style fare, with many restaurants specialising in crispy fried chicken and fully loaded burgers. Save room for an enormous slab of pecan pie.
Getting around Katy
Downtown Katy is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars are an easy way to get around the city and visit nearby sights and attractions at your own pace. Katy is a 30-minute drive from Downtown Houston and 45 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.