Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

Houston is Texas's largest metropolitan region. With its population of over 2 million people, assortment of corporate headquarters, and bustling urban way of life, it may be difficult to picture at first that there would be much for a tourist to do in Houston. That would be wrong. In spite of its contemporary outward look, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the biggest attractions for travelers in the Houston region is the Johnson Space Center. This site not only houses a big collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can feel the adventure of space expedition and relive the experiences of the astronauts. The kids in your family will find it intriguing, while the adults will find it to be nostalgic.

To make your stay more "cultural," visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum includes a planetarium and can be a fantastic educational experience for everybody in your family. The Fine Arts museum houses a collection of famous artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, visit the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the place where Texas achieved its freedom.

Lastly, don't pass up two very special family sights in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is sits next to the Natural History Museum, making the combination a worthwhile day trip. Numerous types of unique animals, as well as native species, are housed there. The aquarium sits right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium experience.

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