Deer Park, Texas
If you are passionate about Texas history, you need to know about Deer Park, located just 19 miles west of Houston. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, this friendly Texas town not only has its own amenities and attractions but also provides the perfect home base for bus tour groups exploring southeast Texas.
A bus tour group of 50 or more may have planned a couple of days to visit two of the most fascinating historic attractions in the state – the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Deer Park offers convenient access to both, away from the expense and commotion of a big city, still within minutes of downtown Houston.
In Deer Park, several beautiful hotels can accommodate your passengers and tour bus, including Candlewood Suites, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Deer Park hoteliers are excited to welcome groups, and ask that at least three weeks’ notice be provided to secure room blocks. Bus parking is available in the parking areas of each property, so guests may be dropped off directly – please call for specific details by location. Also, on-site dining for breakfast is available in most facilities.
For a short day trip, head about nine miles southeast to La Porte, Texas, where the staff of the San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship Texas, 3523 Independence Parkway, will guide your group on its exploration of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. This 1,200-acre area commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas declared its independence from Mexico, with a museum and a 489-foot elevator ride to the observation deck at the top of the memorial. Then, tour passengers can step aboard the Battleship Texas, the first permanent battleship memorial museum in the United States, and one that played a role in both world wars.
For information about the San Jacinto Monument, phone (281) 479-2421 or visit online at sanjacinto-museum.org. For information about bringing your bus group to the Battleship Texas, phone (281) 479-2431 or visit online at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/battleship-texas.
Following these two memorable tours, your group can enjoy lunch at the famous Monument Inn Restaurant, featuring a beautiful view of the Houston Ship Channel. Located just minutes from the historic site, at 4406 Independence Parkway, the restaurant includes delicious seafood, pasta, beef and chicken dishes as well as specialty appetizers and desserts.
After lunch, your group can return to Deer Park for shopping and to view some of the local history, such as Patrick’s Cabin, a replica of the cabin in which the peace treaty between Texas and Mexico was drawn up after the Battle of San Jacinto. Because of this significant historical event on Deer Park soil, Deer Park holds the distinction of being the true “Birthplace of Texas.”
The next day, hit the road for a longer day trip to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, less than a two-hour drive away via I-610 N and US-290 W. This 293-acre scenic park, along the banks of the Brazos River, is hailed as the place “where Texas became Texas.” Attractions include Star of the Republic Museum, with collections and programs honoring the history of early Texans, and Barrington Living History Farm, where interpreters dress, work and farm as the original residents of this homestead did. For more information, visit online at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/washington-on-the-brazos or phone (936) 878-2214.
The welcoming City of Deer Park is ready to serve as your bus tour group’s headquarters for its exploration of Texas history. Deer Park is located just off of State Highway 225, which leads directly to the I-610 loop and easy access to any historical asset in the greater Houston area. To learn more about Deer Park, go to visitdeerpark.org/tourism.
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