What to do When You're Out West

When you go to Houston, you'll discover 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 popular. But for something unique and slightly less well known, depart Houston and head west for some uncommon 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 entirely 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 attraction for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its chain of uncommon roadside icons.

An additional attraction worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house manufactured completely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is fabricated completely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who designed 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 think about how the owners managed to consume that much alcohol.

For a more serene 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 venue for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to see something a little different, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield inside 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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