What to do When You're Out West

When you pay a visit to Houston, you'll find that there are a lot of things to do for the whole family right inside the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well liked. But for something different and somewhat less well known, depart Houston and go west for some unusual attractions.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a few points of interest that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone manufactured completely from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, originally set up in front of a restaurant to attract customers, is now all that remains of the complex. But it is even now a large draw for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its chain of uncommon roadside icons.

An additional sight really worth viewing 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 made totally 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 envision how the owners were able to drink that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil and significant encounter, 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 good place for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to take in something a little different, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield inside the park and view the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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