Not-to-be-Missed While You're Out West

When you visit Houston, you'll find that there are plenty of things to do for the entire family right within the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well known. But for something different and slightly less well known, depart Houston and head west for some unusual sights.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a several attractions that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone produced totally from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, initially stationed in front of a restaurant to attract customers, is now all that remains of the complex. But it is still a large attraction for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its string of uncommon roadside icons.

An additional sight really worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house created completely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is constructed entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who constructed the house — its original owners — drank the beer on their own out of each and every can in the house. It's really worth the trip both to see the house and also think about how the owners managed to consume that much alcohol.

For a more serene and significant experience, stop by George Bush Park. The park is filled with walking and biking trails and has a distinctive 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a excellent location for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to take in something a little different, walk over to the radio-controlled airfield within the park and view the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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