experience and provides flexibility for an
after-hours team gathering.”
Active groups that want to let off steam
after a day of meetings can participate in
an intense Parkour workout at Avenida
Houston’s Discovery Green.
“Meeting attendees can prepare to chan-
nel their inner stuntman or stuntwoman,”
Quesonova said. “Experienced, certified
coaches teach groups to run, jump, climb,
crawl, balance, vault and fluidly move
through their environment like a stunt
She added that dancing and happy-hour
activities can also create bonding experi-
ences for an organization’s team.
On the outskirts of downtown Houston
is the group-friendly Goodnight Charlie’s, which serves comfort food and great
drinks in a honky-tonk atmosphere with a
modern twist. Julep Houston, a cocktail bar
focused on Southern spirits and cocktails,
also accommodates private events.
Last August, Corpus Christi was affected by
Hurricane Harvey, and according to Teresa
Rodriguez Bartlett, chief public affairs
and business development officer for the
Corpus Christi CVB, the Coastal Bend and
the entire state of Texas continue to recover
in the aftermath of this storm.
“Every day we see the resilience, generos-
ity and hard work of so many people that are
helping to rebuild our entire region,” she said.
She added the Corpus Christi CVB as well
as local attractions, hotels and restaurants
all invite groups to reconnect with the area.
Popular nightlife venues include the
waterfront Tavern on the Bay at Harrison’s
Landing, Corpus Christi’s newest outdoor
restaurant and bar located in the heart of
the city’s marina and within walking distance from downtown hotels.
“It’s a great casual place to relax and
enjoy the sights and sounds of the water-
front,” Rodriguez Bartlett said.
House of Rock, a bar and restaurant,
serves gourmet pizzas, offers daily drink
specials and hosts live music.
The team at the Laredo CVB is standing by
to showcase the city’s unique opportunities
for visiting groups, including fun nighttime
One casual option for hungry groups
after a day of meetings is a visit to the Pan
American Courts Food Truck Park, which is
open Wednesday through Saturday from 7
p.m. to midnight.
“You’ll find a variety of food trucks
serving tasty Tex-Mex eats, unconventional burgers, sweet treats and more,” said
Selina Villarreal, marketing manager at the
She also noted that Cultura Beer Garden
at the food truck park serves “a variety of
spirits sure to quench anyone’s thirst.”
Groups can also enjoy an evening of golf-
ing under the South Texas stars at the Max
A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course.
“Skills are optional and having fun is a
must while your team comes together to hit a
hole-in-one via neon lights,” Villarreal said.
A highly recommend evening activity for
groups meeting in Galveston is a mixology
class at Daiquiri Time Out (DTO) with its
owners Ian Ramirez and Brad Stringer.
DTO is located in the new and upcoming West Market neighborhood in historic
downtown Galveston, according to Leah
Cast, director of communications for the
Galveston Island CVB.
“It offers an upscale feel while still re-
maining true to Galveston’s laid-back vibe,”
she said. “The mixologists are more than
just bartenders and truly make handcrafted
beverages with high-quality ingredients.
They also offer seasonal drink menus and
occasional pop-up dining experiences with
local celebrity chef Mary Bass, who was a
runner-up on Food Network’s Cutthroat
After the class, participants are given
the book Texas Cocktails by Nico Martini,
which features DTO and is sold locally by
The Kitchen Chick.
Another unique nighttime experience is
a pirate-themed cocktail and hors d’oeu-
vres reception aboard the historic 1877 Tall
Ship ELISSA, which is docked at the Texas
Seaport Museum at Pier 21 and managed
HARRISON’S LANDING, CORPUS CHRISTI
South Texas CRITTERS
From world-class birding to meet-and-greets with various critters at area zoos and aquari- ums, there are many animal encounters awaiting groups seeking a fun off-session experi- ence in South Texas.
At the Houston Zoo ( www.houstonzoo.org), located in the heart
of downtown Houston, groups may explore at their leisure and
also book private sessions with elephants, gorillas, tigers and other
beautiful animals. The zoo also accommodates corporate functions
in a variety of spaces, including the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat
for up to 100 people and the Masihara Pavilion for up to 400.
Galveston-based Moody Gardens ( www.moodygardens.com) also
accommodates group events, and offers
a popular behind-the-scenes penguin en-
counter lead by an on-staff biologist. During
the 45-minute experience attendees will
learn about these flightless birds, including
how friendly they are.
Groups will discover the beauty of un-
derwater worlds at the Corpus Christi-based
Texas State Aquarium ( www.texasstateaquarium.org), which facilitates
exclusive encounters with dolphins, sea turtles and sharks. Various on-site spaces are available for memorable group events.
When meeting in South Padre Island, home and stopover for a
large variety of birds, groups are encouraged to visit South Padre
Island Birding & Nature Center ( www.spibirding.com), which features
exhibits starring the island’s birds, a five-story viewing tower and board-
walk nature trails. Attendees may explore on their own or take a guided tour.
Birding is also a popular pastime in Laredo, where the Laredo CVB will arrange customized
group tours lead by the knowledgeable local Audubon Society ( www.audubon.org), Monte
Mucho. Attendees will enjoy learning about native birds and flora.