WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 & THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Spouses and companions of Texas Water attendees can experience the vibrant City of Houston as we check out some of the most interesting spots in this world-class destination!
The two-day package includes light breakfast, lunch, transportation and entrance fees, as well as a ticket to the
conference-wide event on Thursday evening.
The Guest Program costs $125 on or before March 11 and $135 after.
Wednesday, April 3
The group will meet for breakfast at the Hyatt Regency hotel and then board a chartered bus to beautiful Bayou Bend Home and Gardens. Nestled in the affluent River Oaks Neighborhood, Bayou Bend is a house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens that were planned by Ms. Hogg to be outdoor rooms for living and entertaining, not just views to be admired from within the house.
Following lunch, we will visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts is the largest cultural institution in the southwest region. The wide-ranging collections of the museum cover world cultures dating from antiquity to the present including American art, European paintings, pre-Columbian art, photography, prints and drawings, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, and Latin American art.
Thursday, April 4
After having breakfast at the hotel, guests will board a chartered bus that will travel to the city’s dynamic east side for a boat tour of the Port of Houston and Houston Ship Channel. Aboard the Motor Vessel Sam Houston, guests will experience first-hand one of the busiest and diverse ports in the nation. The ninety-minute leisurely cruise will take you through the heart of this key economic engine for the region. The educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel offers an opportunity to learn more about this engineering marvel that drove Houston’s growth and the efforts of our industry to improve water quality in this once highly polluted waterway.
Following the boat ride, it’s a short bus ride to lunch at the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. This is the restaurant where Mama Ninfa Laurenzo started her restaurant empire in 1973 and launched the national fajita craze.
After lunch we will continue to explore the city’s historic eastside with a visit to the San Jacinto monument, museum and battleground. Walk in the footsteps of the brave Texian troops who routed Santa Anna’s army in the miraculous 18-minute battle that created Texas.
More to see and do…
Friday you are on your own but there is so much more to see and do in this dynamic city. The Heritage Society’s museum and park is only a short walk from the Hyatt. Enjoy Discovery Green Park adjacent to the Convention Center. Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston Tour offers a unique ride into Houston’s past. Enjoy great shopping and dining throughout the downtown area.