5 Must Do Things Around Deer Park

Art Park Players performing "Hairspray" | Courtesy of the City of Deer Park

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

Around 20 miles east of Downtown Houston lies a little place known as “The Birthplace of Texas,” Deer Park. The area is the site of the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, the historic confrontation in which Texas won its independence from Mexico, as well as the place where the initial peace treaty papers were drafted. Today, you’ll still find a taste of history, along with these other area attractions.

5 Must Do Things Around Deer Park

  • Play 18 holes at the Battleground Golf Course With rolling fairways, manicured greens and markers commemorating the San Jacinto Battleground, this 18-hole, 72-par golf course is enjoyable for both the novice and the competitive golfer. Hit the course, where you’ll also find the Pratt Truss Bridge (originally erected over the Leon River in Cornell County before it was moved to the park); and afterward, unwind at the clubhouse as you dig into Frito pie dogs and patty melts at the Republic Grill, a casual dining room overlooking the course. Get directions.
  • Go back in time at Patrick’s Cabin – Dr. George Patrick’s cabin was where Sam Houston, David Burnett, and the Texas Cabinet drafted the initial treaty papers after defeating the Mexican army at the San Jacinto Battlefield in 1836, located just a mile and a half away. The historic site has since become a symbol of Texas’ independence from Mexico, and today, the city of Deer Park displays a representation of the cabin at 1410 Center Street between 13th Street and Helgra. Get directions.
  • Relax and play at Dow Park – This Lone Star Legacy Park hosts 40 acres of open green, a splash park, gazebo and picnic areas, playground and sports fields, and a mile-long walking trail, plus the seasonal, Olympic-size Dow Park Pool and a lineup of family-friendly programming, including free concerts in the summer and “Dive-In” movie screenings at the pool. Get directions.
  • Visit the nearby San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site Over in the neighboring city of La Porte, you’ll find the San Jacinto Monument, soaring 570 feet into the air, topped with a 34-foot, 220-ton star, and commemorating the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of San Jacinto. Visit it and the San Jacinto Museum of History at its base to delve into more than 400 years of early Texas history. Admission is free. Get directions.
  • Catch a show from the Art Park Players A small group of Deer Park residents and theatre enthusiasts joined together to stage their first production in 1979, eventually blossoming into the beloved Art Park Players theatre company. Today, the players are supported by the efforts of more than 100 volunteers helping to put on a variety of productions to the community each year—including its well-known dinner theatre shows. Follow their journey on social media to find out what’s coming up next.
The Rose Garden at Dow Park, with Patrick’s Cabin in the distance | Courtesy of the City of Deer Park

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .