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

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are a lot of things to do for the whole family right inside the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all well liked. But for something different and slightly less well known, leave Houston and go west for some uncommon sights.

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 made 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 even now a large attraction for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its string of uncommon roadside icons.

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

For a more serene and significant experience, 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 check out something a little different, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield inside the park and watch the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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