Texas Visits

Houston, TX

Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Drive 
Houston, TX 77030

713-639-4629

http://www.hmns.org/

 

One of the more impressive crystal and gemstone collections we’ve seen.  This museum also has a wonderful exhibit on oil exploration (of course, given its location).  When we were there a great docent with oil drilling experience was giving an absolutely-riveting talk-and-walk through the exhibit.

 

October 2009

 

Houston Downtown Aquarium‎

410 Bagby St.

Houston, TX 77002

713-223-3474

http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/flash_content/index.html

 

It is the only aquarium we found that has white tigers.  The restaurant keeps up the aquarium theme, with enormous tanks to watch while dining.  Eat there.

 

October 2009

 

Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway

    (formerly NASA Rd. 1)

Houston, TX 77058

281-244-2100

http://www.spacecenter.org/

 

Not as much launch hardware as Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but here you can view mission control.  They’ve got quite a collection of Apollo-era hardware.  With the cancellation of the Constellation, one wonders what will become of this historically, and technologically important location.

 

October 2009