Road-trip Austin to Houston
Thursday evening we set out on a road trip from Austin to Houston. When we travel we like to leave either extremely early in the morning or later in the evening. We love traveling in the evening because it is cooler and the kiddos sleep.
For this road trip, we drove a 2016 GMC Yukon Denali. I instantly fell in love with it. We headed out of town and traveled 164 miles to Missouri City a suburb of Houston where we stayed with my cousin. She was an awesome host and is family so of course we love her for taking extra special care of us!
Space Center Houston
On July 15, we visited Space Center Houston in Houston, TX.
NASA and Space Center Houston is a quintessential Texas landmark every Texan has visited. After 30 years of being a Texan, I learned that visitors do not go visit “NASA.” You actually visit Space Center Houston which is The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, Inc. Space Center Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation with an extensive science education program and a space museum.
Space Center Houston is the gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center. It is full of exhibits, movies, interactive fun, and Independence Plaza.
Independence Plaza was by far my favorite part! Guests can walk through an exact replica of the Shuttle Independence. The space shuttle is mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft which you can walk through as well.
Space Center Houston Video Recap
That night we ended up at another family members house and ate an awesome dinner. With all of our cousins and their kids around, my boys were in Heaven. My oldest said, “This is an awesome party for you Dad!” Although we didn’t plan it that way, it ended up being a whole bunch of family enjoying dinner on my birthday.
Saturday we were going to try and wake up early and head over to visit the Kemah Boardwalk. Well as you know when you have kids not everything goes according to plan. The kids were tired from the activities the day before at Space Center Houston so they decided to sleep in. The one time in their life they sleep in, of course! After eating breakfast, we got ready, and headed out at about noon. It was a good thing we got a late start because we got to Kemah just in time for lunch.
The group decided we wanted to try the Aquarium restaurant and it did not disappoint. If you haven’t been inside one of these restaurants, it sure is a cool experience. They have a huge fish tank that is the focal point of the entire restaurant. This particular one on the Kemah Boardwalk overlooks an area where all the boats docked leave. Every few minutes we would see a new boat embarking on a journey.
After lunch it was time to hit the rids and check out the Boardwalk.
After getting some candy, riding rides multiple times, the blazing heat finally got to us. We decided to call it a day at 5pm and head back home. One the way home we stopped by Seabrook where Mrs. Texas Dad Blogs uncle and aunt live. We visited for a while and then headed home for some sliders and hotdogs.
Sunday morning was a treat! A few of us attended a very lovely service at a local church in Houston. After church we celebrated my cousins son birthday at Olive Garden and had cake and opened up presents.
Tired and not ready to head back to Austin we packed all of stuff up set out on the road. Two and half hours later we were in our small town of Austin.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.