If you have that anxious feeling where you know you need to get away, the answer is easy. It’s island time! Leave the stiff and boring behind for the excitement of Galveston Island’s beachfront facilities in one of Texas’ top tourism destinations. Located just 50 minutes from Houston, this tropical island offers more than 5,000 sleeping rooms, 32 miles of beaches, rich history and culture, unique shopping and a variety of world-class attractions to make your meeting far from ordinary.
Offering sweeping views of the Gulf’s sparkling waters, the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort is the perfect meeting destination. Located on Galveston’s famous Seawall Boulevard, this 140,000 square-foot property combines executive conference facilities with luxurious amenities as well as complimentary wireless Internet, shuttle services and on-site parking.
While you’re in Galveston, mixing business with pleasure is easy as the island offers plenty of opportunities for exploring, from the adventure pyramids of Moody Gardens to the thrills of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Visitors can learn about Galveston’s unique history at a variety of museums, like the historic mansion Bishop’s Palace or the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. In Galveston, even shopping and dining are historic, cultural experiences. The Historic Downtown Strand Seaport District boasts of beautiful Victorian storefronts featuring unique shops, restaurants and art galleries just a short walk away from Galveston’s Pier 21 and glistening harbor.
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The San Jacinto Monument, standing slightly over 567 feet in height is the monument that remembers the battle of San Jacinto, which was the deciding battle of the Texas Revolution, where Texas won its independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas, a sovereign nation. The monument was not built until the 1930’s, from 1936 to 1939, and it was formally dedicated on April 21, 1939. It is also happens to be the world’s tallest monumental column and is part of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
There is also an elevator you can take to the monument’s observation deck, where you view of Houston and also the battleship the USS Texas.
At the base of the San Jacinto Monument is a museum of the history of the battle and also of Texas culture and Texas heritage.
Washington-on-the-Brazos is known as “the birthplace of Texas”, a distinction it earned when on March 1, 1836 it became the meeting place of the Texas delegates who formally announced Texas’ intention to separate from Mexico and who drafted the constitution of the new Republic of Texas, organizing an interim government to serve until an officially elected government could be put in place.
The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. Their constitution was adopted on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee, along with the people of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic passed over Washington in favor of Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.
Washington County was created by the legislature of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and organized in 1837 and Washington-on-the-Brazos became the county seat. Although the county seat moved to Brenham in 1844, the town continued to thrive as a center for the cotton trade until the mid-1850s, when the railroad bypassed it. The strife of the Civil War took another toll on the town, and by the turn of the 20th century it was virtually abandoned.
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