Road-trip: Austin to Houston in the New 2016 GMC Yukon
A while back I was talking with Mrs. Texas Dad Blog and we started discussing some awesome Texas spots we would visit during Summer each year. As we discussed our lists I shared that I always loved going to NASA and she stated that her uncle worked at NASA but she had never visited. I was in total shock! NASA and Space Center Houston is a quintessential Texas landmark every Texan has visited. I learned after 30 years of being a Texan 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.
Thursday evening we set out on trip and left rather late. When Mrs. Texas Dad Blog and I 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. I wrote about it over at Travelingdad.com.
For this trip we drove a 2016 GMC Yukon Denali and I fell instantly 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 Sandra. She was an awesome host and is family so of course we love her for taking extra special care of us!
On July 15, which was also my birthday we first visited Space Center Houston and got to explore all it had to offer.
Space Center Houston is the gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and 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.
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 ran up to me and 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! We ate breakfast, 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. We arrived at about 1 pm and got sat right away, ordered and me and my cousins son got a little desert for our birthdays. 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 and 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. The boys were tough and wanted to keep going but we called it a day. One the way home we stopped by Seabrook and said hi to some family that lives by the Kemah Boardwalk and headed home for some sliders and hotdogs.
Sunday morning was a treat, we decided to head to church with my cousin and traveled on every highway in Houston to get to church which was located downtown. After church we celebrated my cousins son birthday at Olive Garden and had cake and opened up presents. After opening up all his presents the kids wanted to have a Nerf Gun war and they proceeded to do just that.
After a very eventful three days in Houston, Mom and Dad were tired but we packed all of stuff up set out for Austin. Two and half hours later we were in our small town of Austin. Austin is a tiny town compared to Houston but I was thankful to be home and in my own bed.
Josh Rodriguez – Texas Dad Blog
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