Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

Houston is Texas's biggest metropolitan area. With its population of over 2 million people, array of corporate headquarters, and bustling urban way of life, it may be hard to think about at first that there would be much for a vacationer to do in Houston. That would be incorrect. Even with its contemporary outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the largest attractions for vacationers in the Houston region is the Johnson Space Center. This area not only houses a significant collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can feel the pleasure of space expedition and relive the experiences of the astronauts. The kids in your family will find it fascinating, while the adults will find it to be nostalgic.

To make your visit more "cultural," take a look at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum has a planetarium and can be a wonderful educational encounter for every person in your family. The Fine Arts museum holds a collection of renowned artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, check out the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and see the place where Texas achieved its freedom.

Finally, don't miss two very unique family attractions in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is sits next to the Natural History Museum, making the combination a worthwhile day trip. A lot of species of exotic animals, as well as indigenous species, are located there. The aquarium sits right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium encounter.

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