Cool Attractions of West Houston

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are a lot of things to do for the whole family right within the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all popular. But for something unique and slightly less well known, leave Houston and go west for some uncommon sights.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a several points of interest 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, originally stationed 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 string of unique roadside icons.

Yet another attraction worth viewing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house created entirely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is made entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who built the house — its original owners — drank the beer on their own out of each and every can in the house. It's worth the trip both to see the house and also imagine how the owners managed to consume that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil and serious encounter, 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 check out something a little different, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield within the park and view the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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