CITY GUIDE PLACES DIRECTORY

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

For over 100 years, families from far and wide have flocked to the Houston Museum of National Science. In fact, the HMNS is one of the 10 most visited museums in the U.S. If your family includes small children, the Fondren Discovery Place is highly recommended. This hands-on exhibit encourages kids to actively learn about science in action. Also popular, the Foucault's Pendulum was first shown at the 1851 World's Fair in Paris and physically demonstrates the rotation of the earth. The Houston Museum of Natural Science also offers an IMAX theater, an amazing planetarium, monstrous dinosaur replicas and a living butterfly habit that you can walk through.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

For over 100 years, families from far and wide have flocked to the Houston Museum of National Science. In fact, the HMNS is one of the 10 most visited museums in the U.S. If your family includes small children, the Fondren Discovery Place is highly recommended. This hands-on exhibit encourages kids to actively learn about science in action. Also popular, the Foucault's Pendulum was first shown at the 1851 World's Fair in Paris and physically demonstrates the rotation of the earth. The Houston Museum of Natural Science also offers an IMAX theater, an amazing planetarium, monstrous dinosaur replicas and a living butterfly habit that you can walk through.

Houston Shakespeare Festival

Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre at Hermann Park is a hot spot for free summer music concerts, children's theatre performances and other special events. One of the most popular events is the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Held every August, this month-long festival attracts nearly a half million people to its numerous free performances throughout the month. Perfect for a date or for the whole family, the Houston Shakespeare Festival offers a fun, diverse crowd and high quality entertainment. If you love live theatre, this popular festival should be on your summer to-do list. Come early and get a good parking spot, then spend the day in the park before the performance begins.

Indian Summer Festival

For over 25 years Milwaukee has been home of the Indian Summer Festival -- North America’s largest American Indian festival. Nowhere else can you find a better place to experience American Indian traditions and culture in an atmosphere that’s both entertaining and educational. Steep yourselves in the rhythms of traditional Native American music, or attend a concert of those traditional elements fused with modern rock. Interested in Native American heritage? Then spend some time chatting with the cultural demonstrators who are ready to answer questions and showcase traditional skills. The event also encompasses the Native American Film Festival -- presenting work by up-and-coming filmmakers from Native American tribes, the Annual Indian Summer Music Awards and the Contest Pow Wow which showcases the best tribal dancers in the country.

Inn At Oyster Point

Boutique hotels are not just reserved for mid-city travelers; the Inn at Oyster Point is close to San Francisco's hustle and bustle with a tranquility that can only be reached by blending in views of the bay with small hotel charm. Parking is free at this San Francisco outskirts location, but with an attached restaurant and continental breakfast brought to your door, there may be little need to get in your car and go. Be sure to make time to venture to the bar, where martini's mix with dry ice for a dazzling drink. Then lounge on the deck overlooking Oyster Point Marina.

Inn at Towamencin

Just a short drive from Philadelphia the Inn at Towamencin is very close to the King of Prussia Mall. The King of Prussia Mall is the largest retail mall in America and features high end retailers like Gucci and David Yurman as well as discount retailers like Forever 21 and H&M. The Inn is family owned and operated and offers free wireless internet in all the guest rooms. The hotel is also in very close proximity to Valley Forge National Park where you can take in a nice walk or visit some of the historical sites that the park has to offer. 

 

Inner Harbor

No Baltimore trip is complete without a visit to the Inner Harbor, with something for everyone you are sure to find something that everyone in your group will enjoy. You could start your day by shopping in the Galleria and then crossing the street and grabbing a bite to eat in the Light Street Pavillion. Then try the paddle boats in the Bay or go for a tour of the ship. You can also head over the Science Center or the Aquarium. After you are finished playing for the day head on over to Power Plant Live, which is about a block away, and enjoy the nightlife. 

Joslyn Castle

Built in 1903 by Omaha couple George and Sarah Joslyn, this 35-room, 19,360-square-foot Scottish Baronial mansion is now considered a local treasure.  On the National Register of Historic Places, the castle’s impressive interior includes a sweeping mahogany staircase, marble fireplace, stained-glass windows, mosaic tiles, oak paneling, hand-painted ceilings and gold-toned satinwood. The castle grounds cover 5.5 acres with two ponds, a foot bridge, and beautiful landscaping.

Le Rêve Patisserie & Café

Ahh, to be in Paris, crunching on crusty baguettes and tasty pastries… We'll hold the phone, you don’t need to book a flight to France if you’re in Wauwatosa -- just reserve a table at Le Rêve Patisserie & Café. While the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a new menu of French Tapas, the café’s big draw is its bakery and breakfast fare. Stick with the traditional French crepe served sweet with fresh fruit, like the Banana Nutella, or try the savory Country Ham, Gruyere and Egg crepe. Have your breakfast in the quaint bistro or order almost any menu item to go, including croissants, sticky buns and other pastries. Top off your dine-in breakfast with a uniquely French breakfast cocktail, like the Red Fairy, which is absinthe mixed with Bloody Mary mix, or try a peach and prosecco Bellini. Breakfast is served six days a week starting at 8 a.m., but the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Lombardi Ranch

From late summer through mid-November, you can whisk your family away from the hustle and bustle of it all and enjoy a hay ride, pet the animals, and pick your perfect pumpkin at Lombardi Ranch. This family-owned and operated farm is known for its annual harvest festivities where live bands, seasonal produce, carnival foods, pony rides and more offer fun for visitors of any age. Your kiddos will be over the moon for the hay pyramid for climbing, an old fire truck to explore, and train ride. Even if you don't want to buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, the scarecrow contest and the rest of the festivities are worth the daytrip.