Space Center Houston

Since amusement parks in the United States are usually not open on Easter Monday, I had to discard my original tour planning right at the beginning of the tour and re-schedule it. Between the weekend in San Antonio and the next amusement park of the tour there should be two days off, whereby I declared one of them as a pure road trip day – after all, there was still a distance of about 1000km ahead of me.

After the night on Galveston Island with the best view on the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier – which is not so historical – I started to focus on the attractions of the nearby city of Houston. On this occasion I decided to go for the offer which is part of the Houston CityPass.

The first stop of the day was the Space Center Houston. The official visitor center of the NASA Johnson Space Center offers an authentic look behind the scenes of space travel. Several guided tours are offered, including a look at the NASA campus and key historical sites. In addition, the Space Center offers a huge museum and numerous exhibitions – for example, a Saturn V rocket can be admired in its full length in Rocket Park.

However, things only become really interesting with the Level 9 VIP Tour, where you can get an insight into the daily business of NASA. But the extra charge for the five-hour tour is really something special, which is why only space enthusiasts should treat themselves to this package. Friends of science museums will be well entertained by the overall offer of the Space Center Houston.

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My failure on Galveston Island

I left SeaWorld San Antonio after seeing their One Ocean show, so that I could visit the not so historic Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. I should have informed myself about the opening times before I left the park, as the Pleasure Pier was already closed when I arrived in Galveston. Even if the park would have been opened, I would not have the chance to ride their Iron Shark roller coaster, as the weather on the Gulf of Mexico was quite stormy. Despite that, I would have even avoided a very stupid and viscous traffic jam on my way from San Antonio to Houston, if I stayed at SeaWorld for longer.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Beach

Having absolutely failed, I really enjoyed my stay at the Country Inn and Suites Galveston Beach. That was a very nice hotel, even though the breakfast was as bad as every other hotel/motel I have visited on my tour.

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