The 1914 Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 North Main, is the oldest operating cotton gin in the country. Daily tours showcase cotton and the cotton industry, let guests try their hand at picking cotton, and demonstrate how seeds are separated from the fibers.
If you're itching for a nice day trip out of the city, look for Burton, Texas — smack dab in the middle of it all between Houston and Austin. It's a sleepy little town where the back roads end, but don't overlook the lively nightlife, fabulous antique shopping and mouth-waterin' grub. The historic buildings make a nice backdrop for quinceañera or prom pics ... or even your next feature film.