“Houston, we have…” some visitors! Lots of visitors, actually, as more and more people are realizing the many fascinating attractions America’s fourth largest city has to offer.
Houston is a city of energy, literally, with its prominent role in industries such as oil, aerospace, and shipping, and this energy comes alive for any traveler to this major metropolitan area. In fact, some of these energy-producing industries make for exciting destinations for your family vacation.
Take, for example, the Space Center Houston, NASA’s official visitor center, which offers an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of astronauts. Visit the Blast Off Theater, where you’ll experience the feeling of being launched into space. Then head over to the Mission Status Center where you’ll get live updates on ongoing space flights and astronaut training. Check out the Starship Gallery to see actual space vehicles, including the Gemini V and the Apollo 17 Command module. Younger kids will get a kick out of the Kids Space Place, and the whole experience outta be a “blast” for the entire family!
Afterward, if you want to get the family out of doors, hit the Houston Zoo, which has everything from monkeys to lions to elephants, as well as one of the largest collections of birds in the United States. There’s also an amazing collection of aquatic environments that house everything from more than a hundred species of fish—including piranhas! – to a vivid assortment of coral.
If all this excitement has worked up your appetite, you’re in luck! There’s no shortage of dining options in Houston, and naturally there’s a heavy emphasis on Southwestern/Mexican, seafood, and—one of our favorites—barbeque! Check out the revered Taste of Texas Restaurant or one of the many roadside joints you’ll find just about anywhere in the city… It’s hard to go wrong with BBQ!
If the barbeque puts you in that “western” mood, plan a visit to George Ranch Historical Park, located southwest of the city. The working ranch spans nearly 500 acres, and offers an engaging look at how ranches operated in the 19th century. You’ll find such attractions as an outdoor museum and activities like vintage baseball games.
If you want to clean up after the ranch and add a bit of culture or shopping, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston containing nearly 50,000 pieces of art, and has plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well.
And, if the heat becomes a little too much to take, duck underground to explore Houston’s downtown tunnel system, which stretches more than six-and-a-half miles and offers dining and shopping opportunities galore.
Everything, of course, is bigger in Texas, and your trip to Houston will be too!
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