Growing up with the amazing museums in Chicago spoiled me a bit. The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, and Adler Planetarium are still some of my favorite places to visit. And living in central Florida for 7 years was like a cultural void in my life - Disney, Universal Studios, and an exhibit about Harley Davidson at the local "art museum" do not a well rounded city make. Which is one of the reasons I was excited to move to Houston and be near a "real" city again. And I have to say, so far Houston has not disappointed! Their zoo was large, pretty, and well tended. The caged animals had the usual effect on me (depressing) but as far as zoos go, it was really nice!
book above, which I'm probably going to buy next time I head to the museum, actually has an image of my favorite painting on the cover! We also walked through a really fascinating collection featuring modern sculpture and focusing on ceramics. I only got to see about half of the museum, so I definitely plan to go back sometime soon to check out the rest!