Forget Houston...No Way!

Houston is Texas's biggest metropolitan region. With its population of over 2 million people, array of corporate headquarters, and bustling urban way of life, it may be hard to think about at first that there would be much for a vacationer to do in Houston. That would be incorrect. Despite its contemporary outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the biggest draws for vacationers in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This area not only houses a big collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the total 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," take a look at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum contains a planetarium and can be a great educational encounter for everyone in your family. The Fine Arts museum holds an assortment of renowned artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, visit the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the spot where Texas achieved its independence.

Finally, don't miss two very unique family attractions in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is right beside the Natural History Museum, making the mix a fun day trip. Numerous types of unique animals, as well as indigenous species, are located there. The aquarium is located right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium encounter.

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