Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

Houston is Texas's biggest metropolitan area. With its population of over 2 million people, array 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. Even with its modern outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the largest attractions for tourists in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This location not only houses a big collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can experience the excitement of space travel and relive the experiences of the astronauts. The kids in your family will find it interesting, while the adults will find it to be nostalgic.

To make your visit more "cultural," go to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum contains a planetarium and can be a wonderful educational experience for every person 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 gained its independence.

Lastly, don't miss two very unique family attractions in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is sits next to the Natural History Museum, making the combination a fun day trip. Many types of unique animals, as well as native species, are located 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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