#50 – Clown Fish, Electric Eels, and Lion Fish…Oh My!

saltwater fish aquarium store houston texasSome people call Houston a fish bowl because of the high humidity, and there are certainly times that it feels like that is true. With more days over 90 degrees than most of the country, Houstonians are always on the lookout for cool places to visit.  Next time the temperatures get stifling and the humidity is mounting consider a visit to one of the neatest retail spots in town – Aquarium World.

Aquarium World is Houston’s most unique fish store, and you won’t regret visiting this one-of-a-kind retail establishment. Here’s a peek at what their website had to say:

AQUARIUM WORLD has the atmosphere and appearance of a public aquarium, yet functions as a retail establishment. The 12,000+ square ft store is rich in display aquaria, the centerpiece being a 40,000 gallon tank that is 44 ft in length and 14 ft deep. This is one of the largest display aquariums for a retail establishment in the world! Additional displays include a 5000 gallon saltwater tide pool, and a river fed by a 12 ft waterfall, under which visitors can walk and view a 300 gallon freshwater tank sealed in a “rock” wall.

Located on the NW Freeway, I highly recommend stopping by Cafe Red Onion  for lunch or dinner after your visit.

#49 – Extraordinary Pets Looking For Owners

T Bar T Miniature Horse Farm

Do you have a large yard and are you considering a new pet? Well look no further! Come on out to the T Bar T Miniature Horse Farm. in New Caney Texas and take a tour of their minature horse ranch. T Bar T is open and encourages all visitors, not just prospective buyers; however the do ask that you make an appointment. Miniature horses and donkeys make loving and fun pets for the homeowner who has horses allowed in deed restrictions. They require very little space and are loving companions.  A visit out to the T Bar T Farm will delight young and old and make a fun trip to a little-known and unusual Houston area destination.

#48 – Texas Quilt Museum

texas quilt museum la grange texasNestled near the shores of the Colorado River and just an hour away from most of Houston, the Texas Quilt Museum has recently opened its doors in the historic small town of La Grange, Texas.

The Texas Quilt Museum is a 503(c) non-profit housed in two historical 1890s buildings. These two buildings, with their beautiful restored hardwood floors, high ceilings and brick walls make an excellent showcase for the antique and contemporary quilts found on display there.  Displays are local and international. The groups mission is to recognize and celebrate the art and beauty of quilts and their contributions to history and culture.

Should you decide to venture out to the museum, you will find traveling exhibitions providing something new each time you visit as well as permanent displays. Also located at the museum is a lecture and meeting space, a museum store featuring a number of quilting items, an authentic 1800’s garden to wander through and enjoy, a large mural on the history of quilting created by a famous Texas muralist, and the Pearce Memorial Library and Material Culture Study Center.

Learn more about what you can experience by a visit to the Texas Quilt Museum HERE.

After your visit to the museum consider a visit to the historical Fayette County Courthouse located in the middle of downtown La Grange and then finishing your day with a meal at Bistro 108.

#47 – Get Airborne at Wings Over Houston

wings over houston texas

If you love the smell of jet fuel and enjoy the deep rumble in your core of a jet engine, then mark your calendars to get out to the Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Field. This airshow held annually in mid-October is one of the top 5 airshows in the country, so it’s a definite list-maker when it comes to exploring all that Houston has to offer.

Attractions at the airshow  vary from year to year, but there are always a number of military fighter aircraft performances and featured acts have included the Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds. Other military craft have included the F-18E Super Hornet, the F-4 Phantom II, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

On the ground visitors will have fun checking out the military re-enactment camp, NASA rocket launch booth, flight simulator machines, and dozens of static aircraft; as well as shopping in the vendor market, playing at the kids carnival, and gathering autographs at the legends and heroes booth.

This event is unique, educational and fun. Visitors are encouraged to be prepared for the warm Houston weather during October and to bring protective ear-wear; especially for young children. Learn more about the airshow HERE.

#46 – Prepare Yourself for The Great Outdoors

Houston Boat Show

Tent, schment!

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to the “Great Outdoors” then you must attend the biggest boat and RV show around held every January at the George R Brown Convention Center.  This is a mammoth display of every known boat and recreational vehicle you can find on the market. From a simple fishing boat to a world class yacht, from a plain-Jane pop-up trailer to a huge RV, this is the show to come out and daydream about all your future trips into the wide open lands of Texas and beyond.

In addition to all the displays, you’ll find tons of camping accessories, patio furniture, and more.  Everything for outdoor recreation is here along with kid friendly exhibits and games.

Here’s a few fun facts from the Houston Boatshow Website about this popular Houston event:

The first Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show
was held at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1956.

The Show opened in approximately 55,000 sq ft of space
and has grown to over 700,000 sq ft.

The Show moved into its current home, Reliant Center in 2002.

The Show saw roughly 75,000 attendees last year.

We have exhibitors come from as far as Canada,
Alaska, Mexico, and all over the United States.

Visit the site to learn more or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HoustonBoatshow.

#45 – Plant a Tree – It’s Arbor Day

Houston Arbor Day

Every year in the early spring, the Houston Arboretum invites area residents to come on out and celebrate Arbor Day. It’s an under-celebrated holiday and few people know about its origin.

Arbor Day was founded by Mr. Julius Morton. Mr. Morton lived in Nebraska and began the celebration of Arbor Day in 1872 while he was serving as President Grover’s Secretary of Agriculture.  He felt that a day to honor and encourage the planting of trees by the state would be a great way to “green up” the barren plains of Nebraska scenery.  From that first Arbor Day, he spread his celebration to Kentucky, Tennessee. Ohio, and eventually all 50 states. Each state celebrates the holiday on a day in early spring best suited to their individual climates.

In Houston, the Houston Arboretum celebrates Arbor Day with an event centered around educating residents about the many native tree and shrub varieties in Southeast Texas.  Visitors can participate in leaf rubbings, paper making, paper hat making, local woodworking exhibits and visits from fun local celebrities such as Smoky the Bear and HANC, the Owl.  A variety of other activities are available along with a native  tree and shrub sale and plenty of local tree experts to answer all of your questions.

See what’s planned for the next Arbor Day celebration HERE.

#44 – Houston Greek Festival…OPA!

houston greek festival

In a city bursting with ethnic festivals of all types, the Greek Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most well known.  Over 45 years old, the festival has recently moved to a larger venue and added additional activities, parking and event space to accommodate the ever-growing crowds who make their way to the festival where visitors enjoy a day of delicious Greek foods, fun and just being Greek for a day.

In 1917, a small group of Greek immigrants joined together to form what is now the area’s largest Greek Orthodox Community.  In an effort to educate others and share their heritage with the community, the group began the Greek Festival.  Originally located downtown in what is now known as Tranquility Park, the festival has grown so much it has been moved to the sprawling grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Complex.

Free shuttles run from outside locations to the festival grounds and visitors can experience Greek dancing, Greek food, tours of the Cathedral and examinations of religious and icon artifacts. Children can play in Anthenian Playground, and you can end your visit with a shopping trip to the Greek market place.

Proceeds from the event benefit a long list of area charities including Star of Hope, Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas Emergency Aid Coalition, and many others.  Find out the dates for the next festival, see slide shows, purchase tickets, plan your day and more at the festivals permanent website HERE.

#43 – Discover Fossils, Precious Gems and More

Houston Gem & Mineral Society

Annual HGMS  Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Every year the Houston Gem & Mineral Society holds an annual show open to the community.   Their mission is  to use the HGMS Gem, Jewelry, Mineral and Fossil Show to “raise awareness of Earth Science Education activities in the Houston area and the importance of Earth Science Education in general.”   During the show visitors will be able to talk to experts and learn about the HGMS society’s year-round activities and clubs relating to fossils, silversmithing, faceting, lapidary and mineral groups.  Admission to the show helps to fund year-round non-profit activities and helps increase club memberships.

 

The show runs for a full weekend each year during the month of November. Fridays is the special “Kids’ Day” with numerous education activities throughout the day broken into age appropriate groups and various fields of interest. Two of the most popular exhibits are the Dino Dig and the Amazing Flourescent Rocks.

Outside of the annual show, the club meets monthly as a whole as well as having small group meetings for the various specialties. Activity groups include beading, artwork, fossil collection, lapidary, natural minerals, and faceting.

The HGMS wants to bring rockhounds from around the Houston Metro Area together in ways that can bring their information to the public as well as a great place for everyone from junior members to seniors to enjoy the pursuit of fossils, gems and minerals.

For a full schedule including times, maps and locations for this event, CLICK HERE.

#42 – Visit a Giant Corn Maze

dewberry farm katy texas

When the hot Houston weather starts getting cooler, Houstonians begin making their way back outdoors. One of the funnest spots to spend a weekend afternoon, and give the kids a taste of the country, is at Dewberry Farm located just west of Katy, Texas.

Many folks come out to Dewberry to walk the 8 acre corn maze, truly a place to lose yourself…and your family if you’re not careful! Raised observation decks in the maze help you to find your way, and after that hit the 16 acre pumpkin patch for great photo ops.

In addition to the corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, Christmas tree farm and the Dewberry Farm Country Store, there are truly too many fun kid adventures to list, but here are just a few more. Visit them online to see a complete description of all the fun.

Dewberry Barnyard w/special emphasis on the “Golden Goat Bridge”
Little Farmersville for those under 7
Rubber duck races
The Cackle Palace
Pig Racing (yes, real pigs) every Saturday and Sunday
Rascal’s Round Up 4 acre playground with many unique attractions
The Black Hole
The Corn Cannon
Pedal Carts
Hay Mountain

Dewberry Farm has all the information you need to plan for your visit ahead of time, so be sure and visit their website HERE.

#41 – October is Texas Wine Month

Travel the October Wine and Sausage Trail the first two weekends in October and savor some of the finest wines and most delicious sausage pairings tasted.   At each stop along the trail  enjoy  tastings, concerts, tours and keepsake glasses.  Visit a total of ten wineries on October 1 – 2 or 8 – 9 from around Texas’ other Hill Country located near by the greater Houston area.   At each winery the trail ticket holders will  fill in a raffle ticket for a drawing of over $3,400 in prizes to be awarded during random drawings at the conclusion of the October Bluebonnet Wine Trail weekends.  Purchase tickets for the wine trail at: href=”https://www.localwineevents.com/tickets

“Texas wineries have a special allure.  Each is unique in its setting and personality, a distinctiveness found also in their wines.  Wineries throughout the state offer public tours of their facilities and tastings for individuals and groups.  It’s an enjoyable day trip, weekend escape or vacation destination.”