50 Cities of the U.S.A. shares what’s best about Houston with kids!
Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food and monuments.
Cities include Anchorage • Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Birmingham • Boise • Boston • Burlington • Charleston Charlotte • Cheyenne • Chicago • Cleveland • Columbus • Denver • Detroit • Hartford • Honolulu • Houston Indianapolis • Jacksonville • Kansas City • Las Vegas • Little Rock • Los Angeles • Louisville • Memphis Miami • Milwaukee • Minneapolis-St. Paul Nashville • New Orleans • New York • Newark • Newport • Oklahoma City • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Pittsburgh • Portland, MA • Portland, OR • Rapid City • Salt Lake City • San Francisco • Santa Fe • Seattle • St. Louis • Tucson • Virginia Beach • Washington, D.C.
For instance, did you know?
• Buffalo Bayou Park hosts an annual Dragon Boat Festival, with 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steerperson in each 500-pound boat.
• A giant 20-ft-long armadillo—with steel-plates, longhorns, glowing red eyes, and smoking nostrils—sits outside Goode’s Armadillo Palace.
• Houston is known as the world capital of the industry, hosting some 300 gas and oil companies.
• Surgeons here performed the U.S.'s first successful heart transplant in 1968 at the Texas Medical Center.
• The Astrodome was the first ballpark to have a roof over its playing field and to use Astroturf — artificial grass!
• The Broken Obelisk at Rothko Chapel honors Martin Luther King, Jr. outside this holy place that celebrates all religions
• The Esperson Buildings were once the tallest buildings in town. Today, Houston has more than 360 high-rises.
The book also shows kids tons of things to do in the area as featured in "A Day in Houston."
9 A.M. Don't wait until lunch: here in Houston we have tacos for breakfast! Al pastor, of course, with pineapples on top.
10 A.M. Offer a carrot to one of the 40 horses at the Houston Police Mounted Patrol Stables.
11 A.M. Splash, play, chow, read, kayak, and more at the 12-acre Discovery Green park downtown.
12 P.M. It's Mutton Bustin' time! Practice your rodeo skills by trying to hold on to a sheep for eight seconds.
1 P.M. Munch on a bowl chile con carne, or — as Houstonians call this chile paste and beef dish — a “bowl o' red.”
2 P.M. Check out a local author like Diane Gonzales Bertrand at The Julia Ideson Library — and look for Petey, the ghost of the former caretaker's dog!
3 P.M. Beat the heat by standing in the spray of the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall where 11,000 gallons of water spill over the 64-foot walls every minute!
4 P.M. Walk in a replica footstep of astronaut Neil Armstrong and say, "Houston, the Eagle has landed" in Tranquility Park, where the phrase is memorialized in 15 languages.
5 P.M. Head 50 miles outside the city to watch birds swoop in the sunset off Galveston Island.
6 P.M. Grab a bite to eat at Beyonce's go-to joint: Fenchy's Chicken. Be sure to get a side of jambalaya and sweet potato pie for dessert.
7 P.M.Stay up late to watch Rushmore outside at Market Square Park – a movie by Houston-born Wes Anderson that was also filmed in Houston!
8 P.M. Finally hit the sack dreaming of dancing in a Beyoncé video, like “No Angel,” which was filmed in the Fourth Ward.