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 within the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well known. But for something distinct and slightly less well known, leave Houston and travel west for some uncommon sights.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a few sights 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, originally set up in front of a restaurant to attract customers, is now all that remains of the complex. But it is nonetheless a large draw for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its string of unique roadside icons.

An additional 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 fabricated entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who built 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 serene 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 wonderful 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 watch the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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