Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

Houston is Texas's largest metropolitan region. With its population of over 2 million people, array of corporate headquarters, and bustling urban lifestyle, it may be hard to think about at first that there would be much for a tourist to do in Houston. That would be wrong. Despite its contemporary outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the biggest draws for tourists in the Houston region is the Johnson Space Center. This site not only houses a large collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can feel the pleasure of space expedition and relive the encounters of the astronauts. The kids 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 great educational encounter for everybody in your family. The Fine Arts museum is home to an assortment of popular artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, pay a visit to the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and see the place where Texas achieved its freedom.

Lastly, don't miss two very special 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 mix an enjoyable day trip. A lot of species of exotic animals, as well as native species, are housed there. The aquarium is located right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium encounter.

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