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

When you go to Houston, you'll find that there are a lot 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, leave Houston and travel west for some uncommon sights.

If oddities are your thing, west Houston has a several points of interest that will make your day. The first is just off Interstate 10 and is a 50 ft. tall saxophone made entirely 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 even now a large attraction for those who recall the old "Route 66" days and its string of unique roadside icons.

Another 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 entirely of beer cans, including the yard fence and draperies. The people who built 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 think about how the owners managed to consume that much alcohol.

For a more serene and serious 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 good 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 within 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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