Cool Attractions of West Houston

When you go to Houston, you'll discover that there are a great deal 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 somewhat less well known, leave Houston and head west for some uncommon attractions.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a several sights that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone produced totally from Volkswagen Beetles. This sculpture, initially 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 draw for those who remember the old "Route 66" days and its string of uncommon roadside icons.

One more sight really worth seeing if you're a fan of "the unusual" is the house made completely 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 picture how the owners were able to drink that much alcohol.

For a more tranquil and serious encounter, 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 wonderful location 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 observe the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's amazing to see the precision with which these pilots fly their planes.

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