The 2014 conference will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, TX (just outside Houston).
A conference room rate of $99 plus tax (one king or two double beds) is available to attendees through March 15. Call South Shore at 800.442.5005 and let them know you’re attending the Society of Professional Journalists conference in order to get the discounted rate.
The closest airport is Hobby Airport, approximately a half-hour drive to the hotel. Please contact the hotel regarding transportation arrangements from Hobby. If your only arrival option is George Bush Intercontinental Airport, please let us know and if we can arrange transportation we will. Bush Airport is about an hour from South Shore.
The Clear Lake area has lots of local attractions. Here are a few suggestions for places to visit while you’re in town:
Space Center Houston is the official visitors center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It’s about 5-1/2 miles from the South Shore Resort and is open 7 days a week. It offers NASA facility tours ranging from 5 hours to half an hour long.
The Kemah Boardwalk offers great restaurants, amusement rides and specialty retail shops. It’s less than 4 miles from South Shore and is open 7 days a week.
The Armand Bayou Nature Center is an urban wildlife center that offers guided hiking tours and historical displays. It’s approximately 10 miles from the South Shore Resort.
Moody Gardens in Galveston offers attractions including the “Aquarium Pyramid,” “Rainforest Pyramid,” 3D and 4D theaters, a museum, paddlewheel rides and other seasonal activities. It’s about 30 miles from the South Shore Resort and is open 7 days a week. (See more information about visiting Galveston on the city’s tourist site.)
A list of other Clear Lake-area hotels is here.