Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

Houston is Texas's biggest metropolitan location. With its population of over 2 million people, assortment of corporate headquarters, and bustling urban lifestyle, it may be hard to imagine at first that there would be much for a traveler to do in Houston. That would be wrong. Even with its modern day outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the entire family.

One of the biggest attractions for vacationers in the Houston region is the Johnson Space Center. This site not only houses a big collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can feel the excitement of space travel 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," visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science. The science museum includes a planetarium and can be a fantastic educational encounter for everybody in your family. The Fine Arts museum holds an assortment of well-known artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, pay a visit to the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the place where Texas gained its freedom.

Lastly, don't miss 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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