Forget Houston...No Way!

Houston is Texas's largest 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 wrong. In spite of its modern outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the whole family.

One of the biggest attractions for vacationers in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This area not only houses a large collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the entire family can feel the adventure of space expedition and relive the encounters of the astronauts. The youngsters in your family will find it intriguing, while the adults will find it to be nostalgic.

To make your stay more "cultural," go to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum contains a planetarium and can be a wonderful educational encounter for everyone in your family. The Fine Arts museum houses an assortment of popular artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, take a look at the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and see the spot where Texas accomplished its freedom.

Lastly, don't skip two very unique family points of interest in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is sits next to the Natural History Museum, making the combination a fun day trip. Numerous types of exotic animals, as well as native species, are housed 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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