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

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are plenty of things to do for the entire family right within the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all popular. 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 points of interest 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 nonetheless a large draw for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its chain of unusual roadside icons.

Yet another attraction really worth viewing 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 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 really worth the trip both to see the house and also envision how the owners were able to consume 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 distinctive 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a good venue for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to see something a little different, stroll over to the radio-controlled airfield within the park and observe the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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