Spring Population- 36,385  Altitude 101


Settled by German immigrants in 1840.  Served as a railroad center in early 1900's, but population thereafter declined until caught in the surging growth of Houston in the present day.

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center-

Nestled in heavily wooded area; 5 mile hiking trail meanders through woods across boardwalks over pond, ending at sandy shores of Spring Creek.  Programs and exhibits on plant and animal life and special children's program in Nature Center Building.  Open daily, except Christmas, 8 a.m. - 5. p.m. (8 a.m. - 7 p.m. daylight savings time).

Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens-

A 214-acre facility with formal gardens; arboretum with picnic area, garden and nature trails.  Open daily except Christmas, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 22306 Aldine Westfield.

Old Town Spring-

Old Town SpringRestored railroad village of early 1900s with some 150 shops featuring antiques, arts, crafts, clothing, and restaurants.  Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon- 5 p.m.  I-45 at Spring Cypress Road, Exit 70A, one mile east.   For information (713) 353-9310.

Splashtown USA-

Catch a wave in enormous wave pool...experience waterfall on Shot Gun Falls... or splash into the Blue Lagoon, a two-level activity pool.  There's something for everyone at the 46-acre park.  Open daily June-Aug.; weekends in May and Sept. On northbound I-45 at Holzwarth Road., exit 68. Admission

Spring Historical Museum-

Historical documents, photos, and other memorabilia tell the story of Spring and surrounding area.  Open Tues. - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Spring Cypress Rd. and Gentry St.

Texas Air Aces-

Wannabe pilots, age nine to 99, can try their hands in air combat.   It's the real thing, not a simulator.  Amateur "aces" fly in the front seat of T-34A Mentor aircraft while an air combat instructor supervises the mission from the rear seat.  Aircraft feature infrared laser gun systems, gunsights, threat-detection systems, and a four-camera video recording system.  Video of the "mission" included.  Flight experience not required; must be at least 4 ft. 8 in. to fly.  Reservations required.  D. W. Hooks Airport 8319 Thora Lane #A-5.   Call (713) 379-ACES (2237) or 1-800-544-ACES (2237).



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