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Touring the Madness: Houston, Texas

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | March 27, 2015

Touring the Madness: Houston, Texas

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to wins and losses in the sweet sixteen, that is no exception. So if you are lucky enough to travel to Houston this weekend, here is where you need to go when you are done – happy or sad.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Established in 1909, the museum contains the main building with four floors of halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. They also have the offsite George Observatory which has three domed telescopes as well. Don’t miss the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Brown Hall of Entomology. The three-story glass simulated rainforest provides guests with an interactive experience featuring exotic plants and beautiful butterflies.  

Space Center Houston

If there is one thing you can be sure of, if there is a space or aviation museum in a town, I am going to find it.  Houston has one of the best in the country. Space Center Houston is actually the visitor center for the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and contains 183,000 square feet with more than 400 space artifacts. You can have lunch with an astronaut, take a tram tour of Johnson Space Center, and see historic mission control. And if you are really cool, then you will want to see the fully restored Galileo Shuttlecraft from the original Star Trek series.

National Museum of Funeral History

Founded in 1992, the National Museum of Funeral History was the brainchild of Robert L. Waltrip who had spent 25 years dreaming of a place that would, “educate the public and preserve the heritage of death care.” Even if you don’t have a death wish, you will find something of interest in this place of celebration of all things interment. Now through the end of March they are showcasing the final farewells of cowboys and cowgirls.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold is Texas’ oldest craft brewery and obviously the first in the city of Houston. They shipped their first keg of beer in 1994 and have been going strong ever since. They offer up a fine selection of brews and even serve lunch from Monday to Friday and also during their tours at 3:30 p.m. They also offer tours at 12, 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday with a limited food menu being served. 

Taste of Texas

Well you can’t go to Texas without at least thinking about steak. And if you are going to do steak in Houston, why not go to the place that has been serving it up since 1977? Taste of Texas does it really right with a salad, fruit and cheese bar and an on-site butcher carving the meat up fresh daily. Wanna have some real fun? Head over to the butcher and have them cut you whatever size Ribeye you want and pay by the ounce. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Houston has a lot to offer.  Don’t get out of town without experiencing a little bit or a whole lot of it.  And good luck on your team getting to Indiana!


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