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

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are a great deal 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 unique and slightly less well known, leave Houston and travel 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 made totally from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, initially 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 attraction 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 completely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who constructed the house — its original owners — drank the beer themselves out of each and every can in the house. It's worth the trip both to see the house and also envision how the owners managed to consume that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil and significant experience, stop by George Bush Park. The park is filled with walking and biking trails and has a unique 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, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield inside the park and watch the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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