SENIORS ENJOY TRAVEL IN TEXAS



Seniors Stop By Deer Park

up-u7nqe6852h7rlt9c Senior travelers will find Deer Park within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, in southeast Texas, 14 miles E of Houston. Its population just under 30,000 and is known as  “The Birthplace of Texas.”

It is near the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, where, on April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence from Mexico. The initial surrender treaty, after the battle, was signed in Dr. George Moffitt Patrick’s cabin.

The original cabin was located on Buffalo Bayou where Rohm and Haas now has a chemical plant in Deer Park. A replica of Dr. Patrick’s cabin is in front of the Theatre/Courts Building on Center Street.

 Seniors Enjoy City Founded By A Yankee

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Deer Park was founded in 1892 by Simeon Henry West, an Illinois Yankee. The city was named Deer Park because of the abundance of deer in the region. The Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway built a station in this city in 1894.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including their high schools. Deer Park High School with its 3,917 students is the 13th largest in the state of Texas.

Seniors, when you are in the Houston area, plan a visit to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Patrick’s Cabin, another favorite site, is a replica of the cabin where the peace treaty between U.S and Mexico was signed after the Battle of San Jacinto.

The city provides easy access to the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. The Moody Gardens and SchIitterbahn Waterparks are both worth a visit.  The local Chamber of Commerce is a highly active resource for the locals as well as senior visitors. Special events are taking place all year long thanks to the Chamber.

 Seniors Enjoy Parks

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The city is home to 19 beautiful parks, so pack a picnic basket and take your pick. The various community spaces include everything from small playgrounds to a large green area. The largest area, Dow Park, is a 40 acre space featuring sports facilities, a community pool, and a pavilion with seating areas.

For fitness enthusiasts, a gym and a mile long jogging trail are available on site, and senior horticulture lovers would enjoy the Dow Park Rose Garden. Enjoy theatre? The “Art Park Players Home” is a Dinner Theatre offering a wide variety of entertaining shows now in their 39th season.

 Seniors, set your GPS for Deer Park and stop by for a visit.  You will enjoy Deer Park. -jeb

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