Cool Attractions of West Houston

When you visit Houston, you'll find that there are plenty of things to do for the entire family right inside the city. The zoo, aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the arts, science, and cultural museums are all popular. But for something unique and somewhat less well known, depart Houston and go west for some unusual sights.

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 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 even now a large attraction for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its chain of unusual roadside icons.

An additional attraction really worth seeing 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 fabricated 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 envision how the owners managed 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 special 15-acre fenced-off dog park. It is a great venue for swimming, picnics, playing soccer or baseball, or even going horseback riding. If you want to see something a little different, walk over to the radio-controlled airfield inside the park and observe the enthusiasts flying their miniature models. It's incredible to see the accuracy with which these pilots fly their planes.

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