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Posted on: November 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] League City Introduces First-Ever Visitor Center & Cafe

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League City Introduces First-Ever Visitor Center & Café

The new space, located inside a historic home in League Park, celebrated a Grand Opening on November 25


League City’s very first Visitor Center—located inside the historic Station Master House in League Park—had its official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, November 25 during the annual Nutcracker in the Park holiday market. The railroad-themed center will provide guests with a warm welcome and a place to grab souvenirs and brochures, along with food and coffee, courtesy of Soulfreak Railroad Café—also now located inside the home.

Ribbon cutting visitors center

The home—which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places—dates back to the late 1800s and was originally built as the living quarters for the Station Master of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad. The GH&H Railroad (also known as the “Old Reliable Short Line”) was the first rail line to connect Galveston to the Texas mainland. Over the last 20 years, the home was used as an office space for League City Parks Department staff. Prior to that, the property was owned by the Hewitt/Burd family. Now, it will serve a new purpose as it opens its doors to locals and visitors alike.

 “The Visitor Center will provide people with a proper introduction to the Historic District and to League City,” said Stephanie Polk, Manager of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This location used to be a bustling town center where people would arrive and immediately be immersed in the heart of League City. We are excited that once again, this is where first impressions will be made,” said Polk. 

Visitor center merchPeople standing in line inside cafe

At the Visitor Center, guests can place their orders at the café and enjoy the atmosphere while they shop for souvenirs, browse brochures, or participate in scheduled activities. The café plans on hosting live music nights, movie nights in the park, art classes, and more. The Visitor Center will also soon unveil a brand-new printed guide to the Historic District along with an interactive digital experience.

“These new resources will help residents and visitors explore the treasures found in this beautiful, historic area,” said Polk.   

Funding for the new Visitor Center comes from League City Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), a special revenue fund. HOT fund expenditures are restricted by state law and must be used in accordance with Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code. League City collects a 7% HOT Tax from visitors who stay in city hotels and short-term rentals.   

Address
512 2nd Street, League City 

Business hours:
Monday–Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday–Saturday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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