What to do When You're Out West

When you visit 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 unique and slightly less well known, leave Houston and go west for some uncommon attractions.

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 completely 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 nonetheless a large draw for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its string of unique roadside icons.

Yet another attraction really worth viewing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house made entirely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is constructed entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who designed the house — its original owners — drank the beer on their own 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 were able to drink 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 distinctive 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a excellent venue 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 inside the park and observe the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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