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Named for the native Texas wildflower, Blue Bell Creameries dishes up some of the best-tasting ice cream in the country. Ranked in the top three best-selling ice creams in the ...
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A bright yellow pagoda-style entrance beckons children inside to this Museum District space just for them. Hands-on exhibits allow children to learn through play with exhibitions. ...
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It's not the country's largest or best aquariums, but this small aquarium makes up for its size in its heart of downtown location. More than 400 species of marine life are on ...
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Further afield is Galveston Island, where Houstonians go to cool off. Wide expanses of beach and warm Gulf waters provide for a perfect day-trip. Visit the island's Historic ...
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This park, located in the Museum District, features walking and biking trails, as well as a wheelchair-accessible playground, a fountain playground (perfect for cooling off but ...
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Located in Houston's Museum District, the Museum of Natural Science has a variety of exhibits targeting kids of all ages and interests, from its dinosaurs and excavation area to ...
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Considered one of the country's best private collection and contemporary museums with works by Warhol and Matisse on display, the museum is small enough to squeeze in a visit and ...
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I'll let you in on the secret of visiting a decidedly grownup art museum with young ones in tow: turn the massive stairs, escalators, and elevator at the entrance into part of the ...
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Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Houston -- the two places were families can witness working space centers where space shuttles and astronauts come and go. Yet, Houston's space center ...
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