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

When you visit 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 unique and somewhat less well known, depart Houston and head 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 manufactured totally from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, initially stationed 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 chain of unusual roadside icons.

Yet another attraction really worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house manufactured entirely 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 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 think about how the owners were able to consume that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil 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 great location 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 watch the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's remarkable to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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