Not-to-be-Missed While You're Out West

When you go to Houston, you'll discover that there are plenty of things to do for the whole family right within the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well liked. But for something different and somewhat less well known, leave Houston and go west for some unusual attractions.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a few attractions that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone produced completely from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, originally set up in front of a restaurant to attract customers, is now all that remains of the complex. But it is still a large draw for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its string of uncommon roadside icons.

Yet another sight really worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house made entirely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is fabricated entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who constructed the house — its original owners — drank the beer themselves out of each and every can in the house. It's really worth the trip both to see the house and also envision how the owners were able to drink that much alcohol.

For a more serene and serious encounter, stop by George Bush Park. The park is filled with walking and biking trails and has a unique 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a good place for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to see something a little different, walk over to the radio-controlled airfield within the park and watch the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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