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The Menil Collection
1. The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection in Neartown Houston, Texas is a museum showcasing the private collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Inside you'll find some 17,000 paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, rare books, and drawings. The collection features an impressive list of surrealist and contemporary masterpieces with works by some of the 20th century's biggest names like Picasso, René Magritte, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. There's also pieces from antiquity and the medieval era, the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the American Pacific Northwest.
Downtown Aquarium Houston
2. Downtown Aquarium Houston
Downtown Aquarium Houston is a six-acre wonderworld, encompassing a 500,000-gallon aquatic experience, a tiger exhibit, and a bunch of family-friendly rides. With more than 300 species, including sharks, turtles, snakes, and stingrays, you're guaranteed a wild time downtown!
Houston Museum of Natural Science
3. Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science can be found in the Houston Museum District at the northern end of Hermann Park. Inside, you can find collections of dinosaur bones, minerals, fossils, and other special exhibits! During your visit make sure to stop and see the Foucault Pendulum – its 60-foot-long cable helps to demonstrate the Earth's rotation. Inside you'll also find the Cockrell Sundial, one of the largest sundials in the world.
Space Center Houston
4. Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston lets visitors learn the history of NASA and manned space flight. It is located in Houston, Texas, close to Nassau Bay.
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
5. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
The Orange Show Monument is a folk-art environment in Houston's East End. It was built single-handedly by Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker, from 1956 until its completion in 1979. Maze-like in design, it includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, and several upper decks – made of concrete, brick, steel, as well as a wide range of found objects. Each individual piece of the Orange Show Monument was hand-placed and painted by McKissack himself.

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Located in Houston, Texas, the Beer Can House is a local landmark in the Rice Military neighborhood. Its history dates back to 1968, when a local man began covering his yard and house in repurposed materials – chiefly beer cans and other beer-related objects. Over the years, the Beer Can House has become a popular attraction for visitors to Houston, and is estimated to feature over 50,000 beer cans.
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Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops. Pleasure Pier is one of the few spots in the world that has this many rides over the water. You’ll be flying over guests on the Pier, soaring over the Gulf of Mexico and anticipating your next ride. It is located in Galveston, Texas, United States.
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Bring the entire family to Franklin Drive Thru Safari where you can play, feed, and interact with exotic animals from around the world. With more than 100 acres, this drive thru animal adventure park also has its own aviary and reptile house. After you've seen the animals, relax with a picnic lunch and take in the sights and sounds. You can drive through the park yourself or take a VIP tour to get up close and personal with the animals.
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Located just 30 minutes outside of downtown Houston, you'll find the sprawling Kemah Boardwalk. With rollercoasters, attractions, arcades, retail stores, and waterfront restaurants, it's the perfect escape for anybody who wants some fun!
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