Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058
Space Center Houston is a science museum that serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It earned a place as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in 2014. The organization is owned by NASA and operated under a contract by the nonprofit Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation, a 501 organization. The Johnson Space Center is the home of Mission Control and astronaut training. The center opened in 1992, replacing the former Visitor Center in Johnson Space Center Building 2. the 250,000 square feet museum displays 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, and theaters with a focus on the history of the human spaceflight program. The center also hosts STEM programs for all ages
1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
The Menil Collection refers either to a museum that houses the private art collection of founders John de Menil and Dominique de Menil, or to the collection itself of approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. The museum’s holdings are diverse, including early to mid-twentieth century works of Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, among others. The museum also maintains an extensive collection of pop art and contemporary art from Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Vija Celmins, and Cy Twombly, Jr., among others. Also included in the museum’s permanent collection are antiquities and works of Byzantine, Medieval and tribal art.
1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
Discovery Green is an 11.78-acre public urban park in Downtown Houston, Texas. The park is adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center and Avenida Houston entertainment district. Discovery Green features a lake, bandstands and venues for public performances, two dog runs, a playground, and multiple recreational lawns. In the early 2000s, a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and a group of local philanthropic organizations, including the Kinder Foundation, was formed to construct a new public green space in Downtown. The design of the park, led by landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates, began in 2005.
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