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 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 modern outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the greatest attractions for vacationers in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This location not only houses a significant collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the total family can feel the pleasure of space travel 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 visit 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 experience for every person in your family. The Fine Arts museum houses an assortment of well-known artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, take a look at the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the spot where Texas gained its freedom.

Last but not least, don't skip two very unique family sights 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. Many species of unique animals, as well as native species, are housed there. The aquarium rests right in downtown Houston and has rides, restaurants, and entertainment in addition to the half-million-gallon aquarium experience.

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