Photo courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts nearly two million annually.

Family Vacations in Texas: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The biggest and best rodeo in Texas has star-quality bull riders, barrel racers, ropers, steer wrestlers, and bucking bronco riders competing for big cash prizes. The livestock show attracts the top stars of the animal world and features some of the finest examples of cattle, pigs, chickens, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits, and llamas.The rodeo and parade, complete with marching bands, giant helium balloons, wagons, clowns, and horseback riders, were incorporated into the livestock show in 1938. The finest popular entertainers perform every evening after the conclusion of the arena events.

Several events are particularly popular with children. The calf scramble is exactly as it sounds: Picture 28 kids running around after 14 calves. Fledgling bronco riders can try their skills on a mechanical bull, or go on pony rides. Kids can also watch pig races and see newborn animals as they attempt their first steps. At Rodeo University, children can meet rodeo athletes who give roping demonstrations and share their experiences.

If denim and cowboy boots doesn't excite you, try visiting the Everyone's Art Car Parade and Festival in which people creatively decorate their cars as if they were giant pieces of artwork.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Information

Address: 1 Reliant Park

Houston, TX

Information: 832/667-1000

Hours of Operation: First to third week in March.

Admission: Cost varies

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