New Yorkers Take On Houston

Our busy week has come to an end and my family had to go back home to NY. I hope they had a good time.

When people hear that we are from NY, they automatically assume that we are from the city. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Actually, there is only 1 traffic light in the town I grew up in. Far different from NYC…and Houston.

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Space Center Houston

One thing that my family was most excited about visiting was Space Center Houston. I have visited before, as I have stated in an earlier post, but this was the first visit for my family. There is something that is so special about NASA that even someone who had no interest in History class (like myself) can get totally enthralled in it all.

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During my last visit, we took the Tram Tour to see Mission Control. Since the kids and I already went on one of the Tours, my family decided to go on the Astronaut Training Tour. It was amazing. We were pretty surprised that for a working government building, they continually encouraged everyone to take as many photos that we wanted.

No matter which Tour you go on, the second stop goes to Rocket Park. You learn all about the Apollo Missions and you can see actual equipment used in space.

We even touched a real Moon Rock! It was so smooth.

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I could go on and on about how wonderful Space Center Houston is. And even though I had gone before, I still felt like I learned so much. If you ever have a chance, I HIGHLY recommend spending the day here.

Kemah Boardwalk

Another place I took my family was to Kemah. It’s not big, but it’s just a cool place to be. I love the water and I can get totally lost watching the waves and the fish swimming around. But, it’s also fun because there are shops and rides to keep you busy for a little while, as well. And, my parents loved the fact that there was no admission! If you want to ride the rides, you pay per ride or you can get an all day pass. Otherwise, it’s completely free to walk around.

We did a lot and rode some rides, including the Boardwalk Bullet…a large FAST wooden Roller Coaster. OMG…I forgot just how shaky wooden roller coasters are! I guess I’ve been spoiled by steel tracks. My poor 9 year old niece tried the coaster and decided “Never again!” 😉

The Train and the Boardwalk Tower were hits, though. You can see the whole Boardwalk from either ride.

Houston Zoo

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I’ve written a lot about the Zoo lately, so I won’t go into this trip too much.

The Houston Zoo has seen a baby boom the past few months. So, we went to the zoo to see all the cuties. Or at least we tried to. We were able to see the 2 little girl giraffes, but the other babies might still be taken care of behind the scenes with mama, so we didn’t get to see them. 🙁 Oh well, maybe next time.

Another thing we did not prepare for was the rain. Although it only sprinkled for about a half hour or so, it not only cleared the visitors out, it also seemed to close a lot of the food vendors. I was craving a Dole Whip from the Herzstein Trading Post, but by the time we made it to Africa, they had already closed for the day. 🙁

But, despite the rain and not seeing the babies, it was a fun day.  We were actually relieved that the rain cooled down the air a little bit, so it made the rest of the day more bearable.

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My sister and I like to watch the show My 600-lb Life. I’ve lived in Houston for almost 3 years and I never actually knew where his office was located. But, my sister was curious, so she looked it up. It’s actually not far from the zoo, so on the way home, we drove by. We can’t be the only ones who have done this, can we?

Thank you for being patient with me this past week. My family and I really appreciated it. It was fun and it was sad to see them leave, but now, it’s time to get back to work!

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