Pssst.....Don't Forget Houston

Houston is Texas's largest metropolitan area. With its population of over 2 million people, array of corporate headquarters, and busy urban lifestyle, it may be tough to picture at first that there would be much for a vacationer to do in Houston. That would be wrong. Despite its contemporary outward look, 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 area not only houses a large collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can feel the excitement of space expedition and relive the experiences 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," pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum has 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, visit the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and see the spot where Texas gained its independence.

Last but not least, don't skip two very distinctive family attractions in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is located by the Natural History Museum, making the mix a fun day trip. A lot of species of unique animals, as well as indigenous species, are located there. The aquarium rests right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium encounter.

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