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|About Houston||National Funeral Service Museum|
|Anheuser-Busch Brewery||Bayou Bend|
|The Heritage Society||Houston Arboretum and Nature Center|
|Houston Fire Museum||The Menil Collection|
|Museum of Printing History||Port of Houston Turning Basin|
|Rothko Chapel||San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History|
|San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Complex||Blaffer Gallery|
|Children's Museum of Houston||Contemporary Arts Museum|
|Houston Museum of Natural Science / Hermann Park||Houston Zoological Gardens / Hermann Park|
|The Museum of Fine Art - Houston||Sam Houston's Grave|
|Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex||Sam Houston National Forest's|
|Texas Prison Museum||Huntsville State Park|
|Six Flags Astroworld||Waterworld|
|Space Center Houston||Restaurant - French|
|Restaurant - Steak House||Restaurant - Seafood|
|Restaurant - Indian||Restaurant - Oriental|
|Restaurant - English||AAA Auto Service|
Houston Although 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is one of the major seaports in the United States. Before there was a Houston there was a Harrisburg, a maritime trading post founded in 1824 by John Harris. In 1829 Harris died, leaving his brothers to resolve the inheritance of the town. In 1836, the inheritance still unresolved, Augustus and John Allen attempted to purchase the town but found the price too high. They found a suitable plot of land farther up the mosquito-infested bayou and established Houston, named for Gen. Sam Houston, who had just defeated the Mexicans at nearby San Jacinto. The conversion of winding, marshy Buffalo Bayou into the Houston Ship Channel precipitated rapid industrial growth. With cotton reigning as king in Houston at the turn of the 20th century, textile mills the world over received and processed this commodity. The timber-, cotton- and cattle-shipping town evolved into not only a major port but also one of the energy capitals of the world. The 20th century brought the discovery of oil, unleashing the potential of the refining and petrochemical industries. Steel, synthetic rubber and chemicals also are facets of the industrial market. Because of the city's proximity to NASA's Space Center Houston, the first word uttered by a man on the moon, in July 1969, was "Houston." With petroleum, Houston became a boomtown, ever growing, ever changing. In 1940 it ranked as the country's 27th most populous city; 20 years later it had soared to 4th. Because there are no zoning ordinances, Houston has experienced unrestricted development. This has resulted in the city having more than one skyline and being a proving ground for innovative architecture. The influence of the arts are evident in the opera, symphony and jazz concerts, ballet, musical comedy and theater that enrich the city. Rapidly becoming a focal point of medical teaching, research and treatment, Houston's medical facilities are among the finest in the world. The city boasts about 25 institutions of higher learning, including Houston Baptist University, Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and the research facilities of the University of Texas.
National Funeral Service Museum (Website)
National Funeral Service Museum [in/near Houston, TX], is off I-45 Richey Rd. exit w. over the interstate and e. to Ella Blvd., then s. to 415 Barren Springs Dr. The museum houses a collection of hearses, coffins, caskets and other exhibits tracing the history of funerals from the early Egyptians to the present. Three videotapes and a replica of King Tut's sarcophagus also are featured. Allow 30 minutes minimum. Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Phone (281) 876-3063.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery [in/near Houston, TX], 775 Gellhorn Rd., is 8 mi. e. on I-10 to the Gellhorn exit. Tours of the facility end in the hospitality room. Allow 1 hour minimum. Self-guiding tours Mon.-Sat. 9-4 (weather permitting); schedule for summer guided tours varies. Closed holidays. Free. Phone (713) 670-1696
Bayou Bend[in/near Houston, TX], 4.5 mi. w. via Memorial Dr., then .5
mi. s. on Westcott St. Former home of philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, the
28 rooms of this Latin-colonial mansion contain more than 4,700 works from
the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including furniture, paintings, metals,
ceramics, glass and textiles. The gardens consist of 14 acres consisting
of woodlands and eight cultivated formal gardens with imported and native
plants. Under 10 are not permitted in the museum except during open house.
Phone (713) 520-2600.
The Heritage Society [in/near Houston, TX], 1100 Bagby St. in Sam Houston Park, is an historic house museum complex containing eight historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905. The small museum features three galleries devoted to Texas history, . The galleries consist of the Duncan General Store, built in 1878; the Heritage Gallery, an orientation gallery to Sam Houston Park; and a changing exhibit gallery. The buildings include the 1847 Kellum-Noble House, believed to be Houston's oldest brick house; the 1850, Greek Revival Nichols-Rice-Cherry House; the Yates House, built by freed slaves in 1870; and the 1823 Old Place, a rough-hewn log structure reputed to be the oldest surviving building in Harris County. Guided tours are available on the hour. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4; closed selected holidays. Admission to galleries free. Guided tours Phone (713) 655-1912.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center [in/near Houston, TX], 5.75 mi. w. in Memorial Park just e. of I-610W at 4501 Woodway Dr., is a 155-acre nature sanctuary supporting many species of native plants and wildlife. Five and one-half miles of hiking trails wind through forest, prairie and bayou. Free guided tours are offered Sundays at 2 and 3 following a short nature program at 1. A Discovery Room offers interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Allow 1 hour minimum. Office open daily 9-5, grounds 8:30-6, Discovery Room 10-4, Jan.-May and Aug.-Dec.; Fri.-Sun. 10-4, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Donations. Phone (713) 681-8433.
Houston Fire Museum [in/near Houston, TX], 2403 Milam, in an old firehouse, presents fire equipment, exhibits on the history of fire fighting and videotapes on safety and fires. Tues.-Sat. 10-4. Phone (713) 524-2526.
The Menil Collection [in/near Houston, TX], 1515 Sul Ross, is in a structure
designed by Renzo Piano. The changing exhibits draw from more than 10,000
pieces of Byzantine and Medieval art, Pacific and African tribal arts,
European paintings from the 1500s through the 1800s, and 20th century,
surrealistic and contemporary artworks.
Other highlights include the nearby Rothko Chapel, with murals by the artist, and the Barnett Newman sculpture "Broken Obelisk," which is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum. Wed.-Sun. 11-7; closed major holidays. Free. Phone (713) 525-9400.
Museum of Printing History [in/near Houston, TX], 1324 W. Clay between Montrose and Waugh, displays antique printing equipment and ancient documents, etchings and engravings. Included is one of the oldest printed works in the world, the Dharani Scroll, dating from A.D. 764. Guided tours by appointment only. Allow 30 minutes minimum. Tues.-Sat. 9-5. Free. Phone (713) 522-4652.
Port of Houston Turning Basin [in/near Houston, TX], in the 7300 block of Clinton Rd., n.w. off the I-610 Clinton Rd. exit; a security guard will direct visitors to Gate 8. The basin heads the 50-mile Houston Ship Channel. There are views of the docks and busy basin from an observation platform atop Wharf 9. Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. at 10 and 2:30, Thurs. and Sun. at 2:30, Feb.-Dec. Free. Phone (713) 670-2416.
Rothko Chapel [in/near Houston, TX], 2 mi. s.w. at 3900 Yupon St. at Sul Ross, is an intimate sanctuary designed by architect Philip Johnson for people of all faiths. The octagonal chapel contains 14 large paintings by Mark Rothko, the late American abstract expressionist. The adjoining courtyard features a Barnett Newman sculpture dedicated to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Daily 10-6. Free. Phone (713) 524-9839.
Battleship Texas / San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Complex [in/near Houston, TX] moored off the battleground, is the veteran of many campaigns of both World Wars. Daily 10-5. Phone (713) 479-2411.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum of History / San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Complex [in/near Houston, TX] is a masonry obelisk 50 stories high. The view from the top is spectacular. In the base of the monument a museum depicts the region's history, from the Indian civilization found by Hernando Cortez through the Civil War period. A 42-projector, multi-image slide show depicting the Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas revolution is offered. Phone (281) 479-2421.
San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Complex [in/near Houston, TX], 21 miles e. via SR 225, then 3 mi. n. on SR 134. The battle which resulted in Texas' independence from Mexico was fought on this site on April 21, 1836. Phone (281) 479-2431.
Blaffer Gallery [in/near Houston, TX], I-45 s. to Scott/Cullen Blvd. exit, then entrance 16 to the University of Houston, is in the Fine Arts Building on the central campus. Changing exhibits feature contemporary art. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat.-Sun. 1-5; closed holidays. Free. Phone (713) 743-9530.
Children's Museum of Houston [in/near Houston, TX], 1500 Binz St., has hands-on exhibits representing such subjects as science, history, culture and the arts. Highlights include KID-TV studio, Farm to Market, a Mexican village and Chinese market town. Allow 2 hours minimum. Phone (713) 522-1138.
Contemporary Arts Museum [in/near Houston, TX], 5216 Montrose at Bissonnet, offers changing exhibits focused on recent themes in art, as well as on international, national and Texas artists. Tues.-Fri. 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-9), Sat.-Sun. noon-5; closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Phone (713) 526-3129.
Houston Museum of Natural Science / Hermann Park [in/near Houston, TX], 1 Hermann Circle Dr., contains exhibits on astronomy, anthropology, geology, paleontology and natural history. Using a high fidelity surround sound system, the Wortham IMAX(r) Theatre shows natural science films on a six-story, 80-foot-wide screen. Burke Baker Planetarium offers a variety of shows daily, including constellation identification, children's features and laser light shows.
Houston Zoological Gardens / Hermann Park [in/near Houston, TX], 1513 North MacGregor Way. Exhibits in the 50-acre zoo include a rain forest aviary, a gorilla habitat, a large cat facility, rare albino reptiles and vampire bats. At the Brown Education Center visitors can interact with animals in seasonally changing exhibits. Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 10-6. Admission ? Phone (713) 525-3300.
The Museum of Fine Art - Houston [in/near Houston, TX], 1001 Bissonnet
between S. Main and Montrose Blvd., contains more than 27,000 American,
European, African and Far Eastern art objects, including impressionist
paintings from the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection, and Renaissance
and Baroque works in the Straus, Kress and Blaffer Collections. The Cullen
Sculpture Garden serves as an outdoor setting for special exhibitions.
Allow 1 hour minimum. Tues.-Sat. 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-9), Sun. 12:15-6; closed Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Phone (281) 639-7300.
Sam Houston's Grave [in/near (I-45)Huntsville, TX], in Oakwood Cemetery, is marked by a large stone monument. Daily dawn-dusk.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex [in/near Huntsville, TX], .5 mi. s. on the w. side of SR 75 business route at 1836 Sam Houston Ave., contains two of Gen. Sam Houston's homes-Woodland built in 1848 and the 1856 Steamboat House in which he died. On the grounds are his law office and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum containing his belongings and Texas Revolution period artifacts. Tues.-Sun. 9-4:30; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-25. Donations. Phone (409) 295-7824.
Sam Houston National Forest's 161,508 acres offer hunting and other
recreational activities. The forest includes the Lone Star Hiking Trail,
Double Lake Recreation Area and Big Creek Scenic Area.
For further information contact the district ranger station at 407 N. Belcher, Cleveland, TX 77327, phone (713) 592-6461 in Belcher or (713) 344-6205 in New Waverly, or write the Forest Supervisor, 701 N. First St., Lufkin, TX 75901.
Texas Prison Museum [in/near Huntsville, TX], 1113 12th St., portrays the Texas prison system since its beginning in 1848. Displays include a prison cell, an electric chair, weapons and videotaped interviews with convicts and the families of their victims. Allow 30 minutes minimum. Tues.-Fri. and Sun. noon-5, Sat. 9-5. Phone (409) 295-2155.
Public. State. PHONE: 409-295-5644. LOCATION: Huntsville, TX . 6 mi s on I-45, on Park Rd 40. TERMS: check-in after noon, check-out by noon. FACILITY: 191 total sites, 64 RV/tent sites, 127 tent sites, 2083 acres, playground, nature trails, hot showers available, flush toilets available, fixed dump station. SERVICES: guest laundry (fee), groceries, 24 hour attendant on duty. RECREATION: boat (rental), boat ramp, swimming (lake, pond, river or ocean), fishing, hiking trails, biking, museum.
Six Flags Astroworld [in/near Houston, TX], 5 mi. s.w. at 9001 Kirby
Dr., off I-610 Loop Fannin exit, across from the Astrodome, is a 75-acre
amusement park with more than 100 rides-including Ultra Twister, a rare
"loop-to-loop" roller coaster-attractions, shops and shows. The themed
areas are Americana Square, Nottingham Village, European Village, Oriental
Village, Mexicana, Western Junction and U.S.A.
For the safety of all passengers, loose articles such as cameras are prohibited on most rides.
Allow 6 hours minimum. Daily 10-10. Phone (713) 799-1234.
Waterworld [in/near Houston, TX], across Loop 610 from the Astrodome at 9001 Kirby Dr., is a water park with a variety of facilities including a surf area, body slides, an innertubing river and a children's area. Allow 6 hours minimum. Opens daily at 10, May-Aug.; closing times vary. Phone (713) 799-8404.
Space Center Houston [in/near Houston, TX], 25 mi. s.e. via I-45, then
3 mi. e. on NASA Rd. 1. This project of the Manned Space Flight Education
Foundation, Inc. offers a hands-on experience of space exploration. Exhibits
include a shuttle mock-up, a moon rock display, computer simulators and
live demonstrations. The film "To Be An Astronaut" is shown on a screen
80 feet wide and nearly 5 stories high. A tram tour guides visitors behind
the scenes at the Johnson space center. Food is available.
Allow 5 hours minimum. Daily 9-7, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat.-Sun. and holidays 9-7, rest of year. Closed Dec. 25. Phone (713) 244-2105 or (800) 972-0369.
French. $$$$. PHONE: 713-445-9000. LOCATION: 425 N Sam Houston Pky E; Houston, TX 77060. 1.5 mi e of I-45, Intercontinental Airport, exit 60B. Quiet intimate atmosphere. OPEN: 11:30 am-2 & 6-10:30 pm, Fri-11 pm, Sat 6 pm-11 pm, Sun 10:30 am-2:30 pm. CLOSED: closed major holidays. FEATURES: reservations suggested, 50% non-smoking, semi-formal attire, cocktails in the dining room, entertainment, on premises parking, valet parking (fee), air conditioned. CARDS: AE, CB, DI, MC, VI.
Steak House. $$$. PHONE: 713-893-3339. Kelly's Del Frisco. LOCATION: 14641 Gladebrook Dr; Houston, TX 77068. 4 mi sw on FM 1960 from jct I-45 and exit 66, 1 blk n on Gladebrook. Casual atmosphere with eloquent service. Various cuts of steaks brought to your table for selection. Piano music played nightly. OPEN: 5 pm-10:30 pm. CLOSED: closed major holidays. FEATURES: reservations suggested, 70% non-smoking, health conscious menu items, cocktails in the dining room, cocktail lounge, entertainment, air conditioned, carryout available. CARDS: AE, MC, VI.
Seafood. $$. PHONE: 281-999-9928. LOCATION: 11301 I-45n; Houston, TX 77037. Off I-45 on w service road, Aldine-Bender Rd exit 60. Informal, family-style atmosphere. OPEN: 11 am-10 pm, Fri-11 pm, Sat 11:30 am-11 pm, Sun 11:30 am-10 pm. CLOSED: 11/28 & 12/25. FEATURES: 60% non-smoking, casual dress, health conscious menu available, child's menu, cocktails in the dining room, cocktail lounge, on premises parking, air conditioned, carryout available. CARDS: AE, MC, VI.
Indian $$ PHONE 281-469-6655. LOCATION: 10640 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77070. Off FM 1960 & Jones Road. Informal, family-style atmosphere. Lunch Buffet everyday $5.95 OPEN: 11 am-2 pm & 5:30pm - 10 pm Mon, Wed.-Thrus., Fri. & Sat 11 pm - 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Sun 12 -3 pm & 5:30 pm - 10 pm. CLOSED: Tuesdays. FEATURES: non-smoking & smoking areas, casual dress, child's menu, on premises parking, air conditioned, carryout available. CARDS: AE, MC, VI.
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Mongolian $$ PHONE 281-583-1900, LOCATION: 5050 FM 1960 W. Suite 106, Houston TX 77069. Oriental Style Food, Buffet where you Create Your Own Stir Fry. From the buffet table, you pick out your veggies, meats & seafood, all raw and add you choice of sauce and they cook it up for you. In minutes you have a very nice fresh hot meal. After your meal, you can even have dessert if you have room, food quality is great and the service is excellent. Carry out available, credit card accepted. Smoking and non-smoking area, casual dress.
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