No planning required! Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! Day Trips from Houston is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover right in your own backyard. Explore places you never knew existed - many free of charge and most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Do something outdoorsy: Take advantage of some of the nation's best birding opportunities at The Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Do something unexpected: Visit scale replicas of the Forbidden City, the emperor's terra-cotta army, and other major monuments from Chinese history at the 40-acre Forbidden Gardens outdoor museum in Katy. Do something kid-approved: Stop in at the Space Center Houston, "A Magical Place to Discover Space," and take part in interactive exhibits that allow you to land the space shuttle or walk on the moon. With full trip-planning information, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip.Barrington, Carol is the author of 'Insider's Guide Shifra Stein's Day Trips From Houston ', published 0006 under ISBN 9780762738670 and ISBN 0762738677.