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Houston Leisure RV Resort
Highlands, Texas
by
Norman W. Hildrum

Houston, the largest city in Texas and fourth largest in the country was established in 1836 and is home to the United States' space program. The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore and lay claim to TexasView of Campsites - Photo by Norm Hildrum. Alonso de Pineda claimed the state for Spain in 1519 as he sailed along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. In 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado explored the western part of Texas. In 1682, the first European settlement was established at Ysleta (near present-day El Paso).

We were looking for a campground to serve as a base for touring the Houston area. The Houston Leisure RV Resort filled that need nicely. The campground is located off I-10 at exit 787 in Highlands, Texas. The campground is partially wooded with paved interior roads and 205 closely spaced sites. Each site has water, electricity (30/50 amps) sewer hookups, and cable TV. There is a Johnson Space Center,  Houston, Texas - Photo by Norm Hildrumdump station, laundry, and well maintained shower buildings. Our cost was $22.50 per night (02-00). A modem hook-up is available at the park office.

A must see attraction is Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center. Visitors can visit Mission Control, the nerve center of shuttle flights and other support and training facilities. Two IMAX movies (The Dream is Alive and Destiny in Space) are shown on a rotating basis. You can can touch moon rocks, go inside a mock-up of the Space Shuttle, and even attend a mission briefing. There are actual spacecraft (Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules) and a Kids Space Place with numerous interactive play stations.

Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas - Photo by Norm HildrumIn nearby Galveston you can visit Moody Gardens. We toured the Rainforest Pyramid and were fascinated by the tropical plants, exotic birds, and dazzling butterflies. Another great attraction is the Aquarium Pyramid with more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits. The Aquarium contains nearly 2 million gallons of water and showcases various ocean habitats (such as the North Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, and Caribbean). There is an IMAX theater and a pleasant restaurant over looking the water. This is an excellent educational tourist attraction highly recommended to SavvyCampers.


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