CLEAR LAKE AREA
Population (combined) 57,013
Altitude 15 - 32
125 square mile area within surrounding Harris and Galveston Counties encompassing
the Johnson Space Center. The area is a combination of business, industry,
technology, education, and waterfront living where residents and visitors
enjoy the waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. Included are such communities
as Clear Lake Shores, El Lago, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, Seabrook,
Taylor Lake Village, Webster, and the Clear lake City community now a part
of Houston. This area has 19 marinas with more than 7,000 boat slips.
CLEAR LAKE QUEEN
LYNDON B. JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
STAR GAZER YACHT
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
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CLEAR LAKE QUEEN - 2 1/2 hour narrated excursion
ride on Clear lake offered Sat. Sun. and holidays at 3 p.m. No reservations
required. Dinner cruises available Thurs. & Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at
7:30 p.m. (Reservations required by 3 p.m. day of cruise.) Boarding starts
one hour prior to cruises. Boat docked at Clear Lake park, just past NASA
on NASA Rod 1. For reservations, 713-333-3334.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON SPACE CENTER - Visit
headquarters of America's manned space program, the famous "Mission control"
that guided pioneering astronauts, and directs the Space Shuttle project.
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON - A stare-of-the-art
education and entertainment complex that serves as the visitor center for
NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC). Billed as "The Closest Thing To Space
On Earth," the Center provides an adventure into the past, present, and
future of NASA's manned space flight program with interactive exhibits,
a large-format film, and behind-the-scenes tram tours of JSC, home of America's
astronauts. Original space hardware, such as a Mercury capsule, Gemini
spacecraft, and Apollo 17 command module are displayed in simulated natural
settings. Try on space helmets, touch a moon rock, operate computer simulators
to practice landing a shuttle or retrieving a satellite, or participate
in demonstrations of how astronauts eat, sleep, and handle routine tasks
while living in space. Up-to-the-minute information about space flight
and training activities provided through special monitors and presentations.
Open daily (except Christmas Day) 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located 20 miles southeast
of downtown Houston, 3 miles east of I-45 on NASA Road 1. For information
call 713-244-2105, or 1-800-972-0369. Admission is charged.
STAR GAZER YACHT - Elegantly appointed 100
foot yacht offers dinner/dance cruises on Fri. and Sat. night and Sun.
brunch while leisurely cruising along the shores of Clear Lake. Night cruises
depart at 8 p.m.; Sun. at 11:30 a.m. Boarding one-half hour prior to departure
time. Reservations required. Call 713-334-4692. At South Shore Harbor Marina
on Clear Lake. From I-45, exit at F.M. 518 and head eat onto F.M. 2094
(Marina Bay Drive) turn left on South Shore Boulevard to marina. Berthed
next to Pier # 1.
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER - Maps, brochures,
literature and schedule of events available at visitor center operated
by the Clear Lake Area Convention & Visitor's Center. Open daily from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Christmas. 1201 NASA Road 1. 713-488-7676 or 1-800-844-5253.