Hipmunk City Love: Off the Beaten Path in Houston, TX
By Nicole Brewer
Houston, Texas is home to many tourist attractions for families and solo travelers, such as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Minute Maid Park (which is home to the Houston Astros). However, outside of these famous museums and parks, there are plenty of things to do to keep you entertained in H-town. Check out this round-up of things to do that are off the beaten path to keep yourself occupied on your next trot to Houston, Texas.
1) Marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple, which is located in SW Houston, serves as a Buddhist research center and study area for educational institutions like the University of Texas, Rice University and the University of Houston. You will feel relaxed in this home away from home area that is hidden between a complex of apartments in the area. The two and a half acre compound features a stunning pond, gardens and courtyards where you can relax or meditate. If you would like to stay near this serene area, then why not consider an affordable stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Medical Center which is nearby.
2) A Unique Wonder: The Beer Can House
The Beer Can House is about as unique as it gets (outside of my beloved Detroit Heidelberg Project). The Beer Can House is located in the Southwest region of Houston, Texas and was established in the late 1960s. The visionary who began this idea, John Milkovisch, is a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company He created this eccentric art installation with metal pieces, rocks, and other materials. It began as a fun pastime, but it grew to be a fantastic representation of the diversity of things and people in Houston. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art bought the landmark after John and his wife’s passing in order to restore it and hold on this amazing wonder of Houston. For visitors from afar, the Candlewood Suites Houston Medical Center is a great option for those interested in being close to the Beer Can House.
3) Educational Fun at the San Jacinto State Park, Houston
This historic state park located in eastern part of Houston is dedicated to the “Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas.” The 34 foot star that sits atop of a 570 foot shaft represents the Lone Star Republic of Houston, Texas. Tourist can take the elevator to the top of the observation tower, which sits above the old battlefield area. Marvel at the views of the historic battleground and the surrounding area that is made up of the Buffalo Bayou, the Houston Ship Channel, and the boardwalk. The facilities are open 7 days a week from 8am till 6pm, only closing on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. The reasonably priced Quality Inn Hotel, with rooms averaging $68 USD per night, is an optimal choice to stay at in the San Jacinto Park.
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