What to do When You're Out West

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are plenty 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 known. But for something different and slightly less well known, leave Houston and go west for some uncommon attractions.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a several attractions that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone produced completely 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 unusual 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 fabricated entirely 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 really 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 encounter, stop by George Bush Park. The park is filled with walking and biking trails and has a special 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a great location 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 observe the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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