Texas Trips: Mapping Out Your Houston Stops

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

One of the greatest draws for travelers in the Houston area is the Johnson Space Center. This site not only houses a large collection of space history, but is also an interactive playground where the entire family can feel the pleasure of space expedition and relive the experiences of the astronauts. The kids in your family will find it interesting, 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 contains a planetarium and can be a wonderful educational experience for everyone in your family. The Fine Arts museum houses an assortment of well-known artwork and 18 acres of gardens. If history is your pastime, go to the San Jacinto monument southeast of Houston and enjoy the spot where Texas gained its freedom.

Lastly, don't skip two very special 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 worthwhile day trip. Many species 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 experience.

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