Any time I think about Houston, Texas, I cringe at the thought of those unbearably hot and humid summers I spent there. While I’ve enjoyed a nice Astros game, and spent more hours than necessary appreciating the urban oasis that is the Greyhound bus terminal, it was always the weird and wacky that I most loved about the city. Many of these are what you may call “roadside attractions,” making them ideal for travelers staying in Houston or just passing through.
Giant President Heads
Created by artist David Adickes, these giant sculptures of the heads of U.S. presidents are as wacky as they are impressive. The heads were originally intended for two amusement parks in Virginia and South Dakota, but were relocated to a lot in Houston after the parks closed. Where to find it: 2401 Nance St., Houston, TX – Admission: Free
1940 Air Terminal Museum
I love all things vintage travel; the trip I took in the DC-3 Dakota is still one of my favorite experiences to date. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at the William P. Hobby Airport, the main commercial airport in the city up until 1978. These days it doesn’t see many flights, but one of the art deco wings has been opened to the public as a museum on Houston’s aviation history. Where to find it: 8301-8399 Travelair St., Houston, TX – Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children.
The Beer Can House
Easily one of the coolest things in the state of Texas, the Beer Can House is a Houston landmark created by visionary John Milkovisch. Over 50,000 beer cans adorn this house, a project that took Milkovisch 18 years to complete. Anyone else feeling thirsty? Where to find it: 222 Malone St., Houston, TX – Admission: $5 for adults, 12 and under free.
The Big Bubble
One of Houston’s best kept secrets, The Big Bubble is a wacky attraction only for those in the know. Just above the Buffalo Bayou, near the Lancaster Hotel, sits an unassuming red button. Give it a push and a burst of air is pushed through the waters below. While its main purpose is to keep the water circulating, anyone passing by can push the button and watch bubble magic.
Where to find it: Preston Street Bridge in the Theater District, Houston, TX – Admission: free
National Museum of Funeral History
I have always been a little, let’s say morbid. I can’t travel to a new city and pass by a lone cemetery without taking a stroll to investigate the headstones and appreciate the beautiful monuments for the dead. That is why the National Museum of Funeral History is right up my alley, housing the largest collection of funeral service artifacts in the country. From a hearse horse-drawn carriage to a three-person coffin, this is a wacky museum at its finest.
Where to find it: 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX – Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for 12 and under.
Cover Image by Fats Superhead, Flickr under Creative Commons License.
Disclosure: I write for the Hipmunk City Love campaign as a paid contributor.