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 difficult to think about at first that there would be much for a vacationer to do in Houston. That would be incorrect. Despite its contemporary outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire 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 total family can experience the adventure of space travel and relive the encounters 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 great educational experience for everyone 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, take a look at the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and see the place where Texas gained its independence.

Finally, don't skip two very distinctive family sights in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is right beside the Natural History Museum, making the mix a worthwhile day trip. Numerous 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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