The city of Houston is known as "Mission Control" or "Space City," and you don't even have to go to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center to find space novelties and artifacts. I've been through their public center twice, and it's an amazing experience for both kids and adults... but even if you just land here and drive around, you'll see tons of neat informal monuments to the space program.
I find it humorous that native inhabitants of the areas around JSC don't find them eye-catching anymore. "Oh you mean you don't have 12 foot plastic astronauts on the roof at your neighborhood McDonald's in Austin??"
That would be no. Austin has bats. Bats under the bridge, big bat statue, bat festival, bat shirts, bat magnets, bat cruises on the river. It's a bat thing.
But no matter how many times I cruise around Houston when I visit, I love finding all the space agency references... click on links in the post, or the thumbnail board to see the entire photo gallery!