Forget Houston...No Way!

Houston is Texas's biggest metropolitan area. With its population of over 2 million people, assortment of corporate headquarters, and busy urban lifestyle, it may be hard to imagine at first that there would be much for a tourist to do in Houston. That would be incorrect. Despite its contemporary outward appearance, Houston is an entertainment mecca for the whole family.

One of the greatest draws for vacationers in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This area not only houses a big collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the whole family can experience the pleasure of space travel and relive the encounters of the astronauts. The children in your family will find it intriguing, 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 wonderful educational encounter for everyone in your family. The Fine Arts museum holds a collection of renowned artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, check out the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the spot where Texas accomplished its freedom.

Lastly, don't pass up two very unique family attractions in Houston - the Houston Zoo and the Houston Aquarium. The zoo is sits next to the Natural History Museum, making the mix a fun day trip. A lot of species of exotic 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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