Houston might not be the first city to spring to mind when you consider vacations. But whether travelling from near or far, the sprawling metropolis will keep you and your family occupied and well entertained.
Houston, we have lift off
Of all the things to do in Houston, Texas, the space centre is probably the most famous. All for those two incredible phrases: “Houston, we have lift-off” and “Houston, we’ve had a problem”. Fun for adults and kids alike, the Space Centre is the area’s most frequently visited tourist destination. The centre is run by The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation. This is a registered, non profit, educational foundation. Visit the extensive space museum and science education programme to learn a little bit more about what lies beyond the stars. Attractions range from lunch with a real-life astronaut to checking out Explorer 1. Take a seat in the Blast Off Theatre to experience the sensations that come hand in hand with a real life blast off. Witness out-of-this-world science demonstrations and take part in an interactive presentation that demonstrates everyday life inside a space station. If you’re planning on visiting Houston there really is no excuse to check this place out. Join the ranks of the 18 million visitors who’ve enjoyed this experience so far.
If you’re more of an active type with a penchant for moving fast, you might want to take a day trip to the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. This expansive space was named after married couple Lee and Joe and was opened in June 2008. It is home to one of the largest cradles in the US of A. It is free to the public and opens from 9am-10pm every day of the week. Don’t forget to wear protective gear, including a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. While you’re there, why not check out “Skater Alley”. This is a walkway between the street and the park’s entrance, covered in contemporary, urban art.
Keep it cultured
The art fanatics amongst us wouldn’t pass Houston without taking a look around the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The gallery’s director describes the museum as a space of “wonder and enlightenment” and we couldn’t agree more. Classic works from the Museum of Fine Art’s collection grace the museum’s walls and podiums year-round. They exemplify the art of numerous eras and cultures from around the globe. There are also beautiful exhibitions and installations which are regularly changed throughout the year.
If the little ones are bored by contemporary and ancient art, the Children’s Museum of Houston might liven them up a bit. The museum aims to transform local communities through innovative, child-centered learning. But children from out of the area will be welcomed with open arms, too. It plays host to numerous exhibits at once, which will spark a thirst for learning in your child.
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