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 entire family right inside the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well known. But for something different and slightly less well known, depart Houston and go west for some uncommon attractions.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a few sights that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone manufactured entirely 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 nonetheless a large attraction for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its chain of unique roadside icons.

Another attraction worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house created completely of beer cans and pull-tabs. The "Beer Can House," as it's known, is fabricated totally 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 worth the trip both to see the house and also envision how the owners managed to drink that much alcohol.

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

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