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Exploring Houston’s Museum District

Houston skyline

 

What’s your favorite museum in Houston? Art and culture lovers enjoy visiting Houston for its amazing Museum District. Within a 1.5 mile radius, you’ll find 19 museums – there is truly something for everyone. With so many museums, Houston rivals other art capitols of the world like London, Paris and New York. We’ve written about a few of our favorites below, but you can learn about all 19 here.

The Houston Zoo                                                         
Young or old, everyone loves visiting the zoo. The Children’s Zoo section of the park has a petting zoo where you can get up close and personal with some of the center’s tamer animals. The McNair Asian Elephant Habitat is home to a family of 7 elephants, including a few babies. You won’t want to miss getting up high on the Giraffe Feeding Platform where you come face to face with the tall creatures and get to feed them some lunch. Admission to the Houston Zoo is $14, and from September to May, the first Tuesday of every month is free entry.

The Houston Center for Photography
A trip to this museum will inspire you to get out your camera (even if it’s just an iPhone) and start snapping away. The Center for Photography features photographs from artists all over the world, and they also highlight many local photographers from the Houston area. You’ll be amazed at what can be captured through a lens, many of the photographs look like they must be paintings. Admission to the Center for Photography is always free of charge!

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
Channel your inner weatherman as you stand in front of a green screen, giving a pretend weather report. Pointing at the right spot is harder than it looks! At America’s first weather museum, you can learn how weather forecasting and predicting is done. Even with changes in technology, the basics have remained the same for hundreds of years. Learn about the natural disasters that affect our country in the Hurricanes, Cyclones and Tornadoes exhibit. By the time you leave, you’ll have a better appreciation for your local 5’oclock meteorologist. The entry fee is $5, but admission is free every Thursday from 12-4pm.

The Health Museum
Located in the Texas Medical Center, you’ll find the interactive Health Museum. Because you can interact with everything, it makes learning about the human body a fun experience. The museum has a 4D Theatre. What’s the 4th dimension? The theatre adds special effects like raindrops and scents. In You – The Exhibit, you can take a peek at your future self. The exhibit will predict how long you’ll live, and what you’ll look like in 30 years!

 

Plan a Racing Themed Trip to Charlotte North Carolina

 

checkered racing flag

Are you an avid NASCAR fan? Then it’s time to plan a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina! Charlotte is a mecca of all things stock racing related. While you can find NASCAR related attractions that are open year round, we recommended visiting during racing season which runs from February until November. Here are our top picks for a racing themed getaway.

Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sometimes still called the Lowe’s Motor Speedway)
The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts almost 400 racing events per year, including the popular Coca-Cola 600, the Spring All-State Race, the Bank of America 500 as well as other NASCAR Events. Even though the Speedway can hold 140,000 spectators, the events always sell out. Along with the Stock Car track, the Speedway is also home to a Drag Racing track. There’s always a lot going on before the events start, so if you have tickets to a race, plan to arrive early to take it all in.

NASCAR Racing Experience
A couple of times a month, the average person has the chance to experience what it feels like to be behind the wheels of a race car with the NASCAR Racing Experience! During these events you have a chance to either drive solo around the track or leave the driving to an expert and ride in the passenger seat. Either way, you’ll have a new appreciation of NASCAR drivers.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
Relive the history of NASCAR at their Hall of Fame. You can spend hours or even days exploring all of the exhibits. Get a visual history in the High Octane Theater, before wandering through the ever changing exhibits in the Great Hall. Don’t forget to check out the Hall of Honor where the best of the best are inducted.

Roush Fenway Racing
Roush has one of the largest racing teams in the sport. On weekdays you can visit the Roush Fenway Racing Museum and view trophies and other memorabilia from the team’s winning racers.

When you need to grab a bit to eat, you can still get into the racing theme at these local restaurants:

Lancaster’s Bar-B-Que & Wings
At Lancaster’s, you can enjoy authentic Carolina BBQ pork and delicious and spicy Buffalo wings. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a driver at the restaurant because it’s a local watering hole that’s beloved by many of the drivers. Lancaster’s is located at 9230 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Big Daddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar  
In Mooresville, North Carolina, you will find this family owned restaurant. While the Oyster Bar may sound like a fancy place, you’ll find a kid friendly eatery filled with lots of comfort food options. The owners are big NASCAR fans – the restaurant is easy to spot as the roof is decorated with multiple racing cars!

Quaker Steak & Lube
This motorsports themed restaurant is located at 7731 Gateway Lane, in Concord, North Carolina, conveniently close to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR themed memorabilia covers the walls and ceilings and the menu has racing themed dishes like the “Revved-Up Ribeye” and “Stick Shifters”.