1000 George Bush Drive West College Station, TX 77845 +1 409 260 9552
Located on the enormous well-landscaped Texas A&M campus, this presidential tribute showcases the public service history of both George and Barbara Bush. Learn all about the life influences and challenges they faced as well as his impact on our country as the 41st President. Special points of interest to see and hear include a World War II torpedo bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a chunk of the Berlin Wall and gifts from international statesmen. Standard exhibits include films, photographs and documents while visiting exhibits change periodically.
1402 Broadway Street Galveston, TX 77550 +1 409 762 2475
Can you imagine a palace deep in the heart of Texas? You will have to see it to believe it. Colonel Walter Gresham originally built this lavish personal residence out of limestone and granite. The elaborate rosewood-mahogany grand staircase, opulent crystal chandeliers, unique wall coverings and beautiful stained glass windows will all have you gaping in awe. In 1923, the palace was purchased for the Bishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese. The home is probably the most famous island landmark and has been ranked in the nation's Top 100 Homes for its architecture. Daily tours are offered and you won't be disappointed.
2328 Broadway Street Galveston, TX 77550 +1 409 762 3933
Take a look at life as it was in the later part of the 19th century. Standing tall since 1859, this home exemplifies the last 140 years. Designed by James Moreau Brown, the Italian structure displays carved moldings, lavish furnishings and rich mantels. The house is now a museum with many of the original antiques and artifacts serving as reminders of the glamorous parties the well-known Colonel Ashton used to host for his daughter.
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
One Monument Circle La Porte, TX 77571 +1 281 479 2421
Learn about the "
"kings of the wild frontier in these archives. After visiting the San Jacinto Battleground where an independent Texas was born, step inside to discover the details of the famous battle. The tribute to all of those who lived, fought and died for independence, traces the regional past from the Native Americans who witnessed the landing of Hernando Cortés to the westward movement of the 1800s. A 35-minute film, Texas Forever!! the Battle of San Jacinto, can be viewed to further enhance your understanding of this famous, hallowed ground. When you're done browsing the exhibits, don't forget to take the elevator to the observation deck for an unbelievable view of the grounds.
When you think of deep spiritual artistry, you might believe that you would have to venture to Europe to experience it. This California artist will capture your spirit and prove that is not the case. Known as the "Painter of Light," Thomas Kincade has done numerous nature paintings of lush gardens, charming cottages and inviting gateways. All are soft and soothing to the soul. His works include Rose Gate, Garden of Promise, Petals of Hope and many other famous collectible works. With a worldwide following and notable reputation, Mr. Kincade has established this signature gallery to display his idealist creations.
Bayou Wildlife Park has 86 acres of prairie preserve which includes a petting zoo and a barnyard that kids can romp through. The guided tram tour offers an opportunity to see the countryside and different species of wildlife, including giraffes and alligators. You can get much closer to the animals here than at most zoos. It is also a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic lunch on a sunny afternoon.
Dog races are a popular sport in Texas, and Houston boasts the largest racetrack in the country. The stands at Gulf Greyhound Park offer clubhouse seating for 1,900 fans, spread over four levels of air-conditioned comfort. Betting is made easy with 318 teller windows. If you come for the day, you can grab a bite to eat in the full-service dining room. For those true canine lovers, the park also has a greyhound adoption program for older dogs. This place is open on Wednesdays at 12pm and on Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm. While you can hop in Sundays at 1.30pm.
Spread over an area of 510 acres (210 hectares), the El Orcoquisac Archeological District has a great historic importance attached to it. The site and its contributing properties have been preserved well. The trading center and Spanish presidio at the district have been maintained well. The site was put up on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Home to more than 300 species of birds, the Baytown Nature Center is a 450-acre (182-hectare) peninsula surrounded by three bays. Not just for bird-watching and appreciating nature, the center also has other outdoor recreational activities including fishing and a children's playground built around a nature theme. Another attraction is the butterfly garden which features a colorful medley of flowers and native plants carefully placed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Be prepared to walk or bike when you visit since vehicle movement is restricted here to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife. Open 365 days except during extreme weather conditions, the gates open to the public 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset. Admission costs USD3 for adults and children above 12 years.
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