Everything’s bigger in Texas. That held true on my latest trip to Houston where I saw enormous rockets at NASA, had huge helpings of Tex-Mex and saw Rothko paintings that took up entire walls.
My sister, little nieces and I loved touring visiting the Houston Space Station. It is about 30-45 minutes outside the city and has a ton of exhibits, interactive features and tours of the actual NASA campus. We saw moon rocks, lunar roving vehicles, climbed in the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft and still felt like we barely scratched the surface of what the Center has to offer.
Insider tip: you can pre-book all of your admissions, including tickets, tram tours and the famous shuttle carrier. This will help avoid lines and also keep you on track. Next time I really want to have lunch with an astronaut too! What a cool feature, I will definitely be back. Check out their website for more scheduling tips based on number of hours you have, etc.
After NASA we spent the afternoon on ferris wheels and scramblers at Kemah. It was a total blast, and would definitely pair the two especially if you have kids (or are a kid at heart, like me!).
One of my other favorite parts of the trip was visiting the serene Rothko Cathedral and the Menil Collection. The Broken Obelisk is a tribute to MLK and those that continue to fight for human rights and is located outside the Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral, it is a serene space where giant Rothko paintings are adorned on each wall. As the clouds move, the light changes in the room and creates a really unique effect.
Moving through the Museum District, a stop at the Love Jack and Menil Gallery are a must. It’s also free, and who doesn’t love free? We wove our way through the special exhibitions and really liked viewing their contemporary collection. Speaking of the contemporary collection, you can go back to their website after the visit and review everything you saw, which was pretty neat.
All in all it was a wonderful few days, and I loved exploring a few areas I hadn’t seen in past trips. Any Houston spots you love? Let me know so that I can add them into my next trip!