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The Inn at Dos Brisas might be rural but cultural attractions are just 20 minutes away in the town of Brenham. You could easily spend the day learning about Texas history at both the Brenham Heritage Museum and the Barrington Living History Farm, which offers a glimpse into what life was like on a 1850s cotton farm. The Star of the Republic Museum delves deeper into the history of the state, covering the signing of the constitution (which supposedly took place in Washington), and a visit to the Burton Cotton Gin and Museum offers a look at one of the last operating cotton gins in America, first opened in 1914.
For a more present-day history lesson near the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station (about a 40-mile drive from Washington). The exhibits there span from the end of World War II to the Persian Gulf War and include a replica of the Berlin Wall.
In Houston, there’s the impressive Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science, which are both kid-friendly options for your day.