When it comes to the wondrous, the curious, and the bizarre, Houston is stacked.
So one would think Obscura Day, an unofficial holiday held on March 20, would have had plenty of Houston events. Obscura Day is organized by the Web site Atlas Obscura, which claims to chronicle the hidden and offbeat wonders of the world.
But in fact the only city in Texas that got in on the festivities was Austin. Houston, with no official Obscura Day events, fell behind cities like Lucas, Kans., Anniston, Ala., and Nighoj, India, in celebrating the fascinating weirdness in our own backyard.
But fear not, Houston explorers: Here's CultureMap's guide to the best hidden treasures that H-town has to offer.
— The somber beauty of Glenwood Cemetery, where many of Houston's illustrious citizens are buried, makes it a must-see Houston destination.
— Sculptorworx is the working studio of artist David Adickes, known for his giant-size representations of U.S. Presidents and the Beatles. Open to the public, it's become a surprising destination in an industrial neighborhood.
— Just seeing stars in Houston requires some off-the-beaten-path sleuthing. The best place to explore the skies is HMNS's George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park, which has viewings every Saturday evening.
— Meet and commune with rescued wolves at the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery
— FotoFest comes but once every two years, so take advantage of the myriad free gallery exhibitions around town.
— Katy's kitschy Forbidden Gardens features a replica of China's famous Forbidden City, reduced to 1:20 scale, as well as other scale models of ancient Chinese sites, including the tomb of the terra cotta warriors.
— Great museums in Houston aren't limited to the Big Four — MFAH, CAMH, Menil, HMNS. Check out the unique stories and exhibits at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Art Car Museum, Houston Maritime Museum, Health Museum, Museum of Printing History, and The Museum of Funeral History.