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Cool Attractions of West Houston

When you visit Houston, you'll discover that there are a great deal 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 popular. But for something different and slightly less well known, depart Houston and head 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 made totally from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, originally stationed 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 unusual roadside icons.

Yet another sight worth viewing 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 constructed 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 worth the trip both to see the house and also consider how the owners managed to drink that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil and significant encounter, 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 good 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 within the park and view the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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