What to do When You're Out West

When you pay a visit to Houston, you'll discover that there are a lot of things to do for the entire family right inside the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all popular. But for something distinct and slightly less well known, depart Houston and head 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 solely from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, initially stationed in front of a restaurant to attract customers, is now all that remains of the complex. But it is still a large draw for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its chain of uncommon roadside icons.

Yet another sight worth viewing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house created totally of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is fabricated fully 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 think about how the owners managed to drink 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 special 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 see something a little different, walk 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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