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Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip To Houston

August 18, 2012 1:00 PM

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Houston Texas

Houston Texas

Houston Texas

Houston Texas

Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and Houston’s attractions are no exception. From a world-class museum district and year-round performing arts to the Johnson Space Center and a boardwalk by the sea, Houston offers up an abundance of activities to keep everyone in the group running on full steam. What’s even better is that Houston is less than a four-hour drive from Dallas-Fort Worth, making it the perfect destination for a great weekend escape.

Getting thereHead down I-45 south to Houston, around 250-miles from DFW. Alternatively, you may take a scenic route, adding an extra 40 miles to the trip, by heading out I-35 south, to US-77/US-190 through the historic town of Brenham in beautiful Washington County before changing onto US-290, which will take you all the way into Houston in about an hour. Getting around Houston is easy with Metro light rail, just consult the website for route planning.Visitors to the area might also enjoy the quirkier side of Houston’s art scene by visiting the Flower Man’s House, an artistic junk laden jungle and the National Museum of Funeral History containing unusual items associated with the industry.
What To DoSpace Center Houston
1601 NASA Pkwy.
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 244-2100
www.spacecenter.orgPrice: $22.95 adults/$18.95 child/$89.95 Level 9 TourFor an out-of-this-world experience, make a stop at the Space Center where you may touch moon rocks, land a space shuttle, explore interactive exhibits and, best of all, take tours of the NASA facility. Go behind the scenes with a tram tour to see Mission Control, or if you’re a serious space junkie, take the exclusive five-hour Level 9 Tour where you get to eat in the astronaut’s cafeteria, see where they train, and tour areas that are usually off limits to the public.
Houston Museum District
1401 Richmond Ave, Ste. 290
Houston TX, 77006
(713) 715-1939
www.houstonmuseumdistrict.orgPrice: free (11 museums)/prices and free admission hours vary for the othersLocated along a 1.5-mile radius in Hermann Park, near downtown, is a Texas version of the Smithsonian complex, housing an outstanding collection of 19 world-class museums, galleries and cultural centers featuring everything from art, photography, architecture, international cultures, military history, natural history, science and health, to a children’s museum and zoo. The district ranks among the top three cultural arts districts in the nation, with the most popular being the Museum of Natural Science, offering four floors of exhibits, a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a butterfly center. The Natural Science museum is well known for its exquisite collections of minerals and gems, as well as many quality traveling exhibits. Adding to the museum’s prominence is the June opening of the 30,000 square-foot paleontology hall featuring a dazzling array of prehistoric beasts — making it one of the largest of its kind in the world.Related: Road Trip: Travel Guide To Apple Picking In Arkansas
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 373-3386
www.milleroutdoortheatre.comPrice: freeThere’s as much to do in the city at night as there is during the day. The Miller Outdoor Theatre, also located in the Museum District, offers day and evening entertainment from children’s plays and music to concerts, symphonies and movies under the stars. When you’re finished here, go downtown to the 17-block Theater District where you’ll find even more reasons to stay up all night.
Kemah Waterfront Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 285-3624
www.kemahboardwalk.com Price: $6 each ride/$21.99 adult unlimited rides/$17.99 child unlimited ridesIf you want to see the sea and ride a wooden roller coaster, then make a stop at this 42-acre family fun destination overlooking Galveston Bay. Traverse the area on the miniature train, try your luck on the midway, shop for souvenirs or take a sightseeing cruise on the bay.
Dining

Cafe Mezza & Grille

6100 Westheimer, Ste. 154
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 334-2000
www.cafemezza.netCafe Mezza might seem average from the outside, but this American-Mediterranean fusion restaurant is anything but. A perfect spot whether you’re out for a date night or with the family in tow, it offers a fun atmosphere and great food at affordable prices. Share some mezza plates and definitely order the mango-stuffed chicken, but be sure to save room for its scrumptious desserts.
Where To StaySara’s Inn on the Boulevard
941 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(800) 593-1130
www.saras.comPrice: $115This beautiful Victorian home, only four-miles from the city center, is located in the historic Houston Heights — a neighborhood filled with turn-of-the-century homes, unique shops and great little restaurants. All of the charming rooms come with modern amenities, a delicious complimentary breakfast and full access to the rest of the home, including the kitchen stocked with beverages, wine and homemade brownies.Related: Fun For The Road – Car Games For Your Next Road TripWith a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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