1501 Center St.
Deer Park, TX 77536
Phone: (281) 930-8888
Fax: (281) 930-8883
San Jacinto State Historical Park is the battleground where Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. After the Alamo, General Santa Anna's large force chased Sam Houston's small army across Texas and was soundly defeated at this site. A limestone and concrete monument rises 570 feet above the coastal flatlands to pay tribute to the historical event. At the base of the monument you will find the Museum of Texas History, and the Battleship Texas is berthed in the ship channel at the edge of the park.
On most battlegrounds you would not find a battleship, but San Jacinto State Historical Park is a definite exception to the rule. This majestic ship is berthed on the Houston Ship Channel at the edge of the park. She is the only survivor of the World War I dreadnoughts and also served as a flagship for the World War II D-Day invasion in 1944. President Eisenhower, a native Texan, presided over the dedication ceremony when the ship was retired, and the U.S. Navy has proudly preserved and restored her in the years since. Visitors are welcome to explore most parts of the ship. Tours are available, and many areas display items and memorabilia from ship life.
Fred Hartman Bridge is one of the longest bridges in Texas which is held up with the help of cables. This stretch covers 2.6 miles of State Highway 146 and connects Baytown with La Porte.
Home to more than 300 species of birds, the Baytown Nature Center is a 450-acre (182-hectare) peninsula surrounded by three bays. Not just for bird-watching and appreciating nature, the center also has other outdoor recreational activities including fishing and a children’s playground built around a nature theme. Another attraction is the butterfly garden which features a colorful medley of flowers and native plants carefully placed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Be prepared to walk or bike when you visit since vehicle movement is restricted here to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife. Open 365 days except during extreme weather conditions, the gates open to the public 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset. Admission costs USD3 for adults and children above 12 years.
Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center is a conservation center which aims to spread awareness about wetland diverse ecosystems. This is done through interactive tours, summer camps, field-trips for nearby schools and so on.
West Fork of Goose Creek Park is a stretch of beautiful wooded land. The Goose Creek lake borders the park and is a regular fishing ground.
Evergreen Point Golf Club is an institution in the town of Basking Ridge which was established in 1926 when it was called Pennbrook Golf Club. The golf course itself is a full fledged 18 hole course with challenging obstacles and sand traps. The club also has a golf academy, catering facilities for special events, which are held in their beautiful colonial style clubhouse, a swimming pool and more.
The Clear Lake Park is located on the shores of a beautiful lake which goes by the same name. The park is a major picnic spot and includes various sports activities. Clear Lake Park Pavilion is an open-air, covered facility available for picnics, parties and other events. In fact, the Landolt Pavilion is host to the annual Crowfish Festival which includes crawfish eating competition, games, arts and crafts stalls and great live entertainment. The Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival held here too is extremely popular amongst locals as well as tourists.
Ever since the Apollo flights, Houston has been synonymous with space travel. Space Center Houston, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, allows visitors to study and understand the making of space history. Enter the five-story plaza which features a full-size shuttle mock-up, complete with a flight deck. By far, the most popular highlight for adults is the tram tour that takes you to various buildings throughout the Space Center. You will be able to have a seat in the viewing room of the original Mission Control room and stroll past full-size mock-ups of the original Apollo rockets. When you need a break from all the activity, the Zero-G diner is on hand to fix you right up.
Spread over 1620 acres in Houston, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is one of the main centers for spaceflight in the United States. Home to NASA's Astronaut Corps, it functioned as Mission Control during the Gemini and Apollo space shuttle programs, and the primary flight control center for all following manned space missions, including Apollo 11 which put the first man on the moon. The Lunar Receiving Center at JSC is where they store most of the samples from moon missions and astronaut training takes place at JSC as well.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. Al Shareef Masjid organizes lectures and seminars and also celebrations of the Muslim festivals. Prayers, meetings and discussions are held to keep the community informed.
The Banana Bend Beach Park is a venue for outdoor fun and recreation. It consists of a water park with a lot of fun attractions and regular DJ nights on the weekends.