Visit Baytown, Tourism

Dennis

BAYTOWN TOURISM DEAF-FRIENDLY GEOTOUR  
  Baytown Tourism is focusing on being Deaf-Friendly, the latest accomplishment (launched at DeafNation Expo) is the Baytown (deaf-friendly) GeoTour. What is a GeoTour? A GeoTour is taking a geocaching adventure.  Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, like your phone or a tablet. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container like a rock, brick, light switch) hidden at that location.    Download the Geocaching app to your device and click on it. You will see a map with the caches (they look like boxes). Select one of the boxes, this takes you to another page with information about that cache. You can then use the GPS information to navigate to that cache, but please do read the description, it will tell you about that cache and help you find it. And this is where deaf-friendly comes in, because of the efforts of Marisa Jennings and volunteers the description is in our language. The deaf and hard of hearing community can now (and only the caches placed by Baytown Tourism) hear the description of the cache in an ASL video. You can see a preview of the ASL videos by visiting the Baytown Tourism website.  (visitbaytown.com)  Click on the Geocaching button and then click on ASL GeoTour Translation this will take you to a page where you will find all the ASL videos. You still must come to Baytown to find the caches. I must add that my daughter and myself have found serval of the caches and it is fun and exciting. So, we will see you soon! Come by the Visitor Information Center located in the old Brunson Theater at 311 West Texas Avenue and tell us hello.    

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Knows Tactile Sign Language
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Experience Hiring Interpreter
  • Accepts Relay Calls
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

Dennis

                                                Baytown tourism booth at DEAFNATION EXPO
  I just got back from DeafNation Expo with a great team of people, this year was our first year having a booth at the expo, but I do not think it will be the last year.   Our team members met some old friends and made new friends, and a great time was had by every one of our team members. I am looking forward to going back next year. I would like to thank especially our fearless leader, Marisa Jennings because it was her leadership, her desire, her vision, and her patience that made it possible for us to go to DeafNation Expo. It is her vision that the whole world would be deaf-friendly. I believe she will accomplish her dream, and her vision because she has the energy, the determination, and the kindness to see it accomplished.  Baytown Tourism is focusing on being Deaf Friendly and the latest accomplishment is the Baytown GeoTour.  What is a GeoTour?  A GeoTour is taking a geocaching adventure. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. The deaf-friendly GeoTour was launched during the Expo. 

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Accepts Relay Calls
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

Dennis

I have been volunteering at the Baytown Visitors Center for a couple of months.    I had the privilege to volunteer during the Christmas parade, it was fun.  I love giving away things like sunglasses, nail files, candy, and information about Baytown.  The latest adventure, my daughter and I have set out on is the Baytown GeoTour.  What is a GeoTour?  It involves geocaching.  Geocaching is a real-life outdoor treasure hunting game.  You can use the GPS on your cell phone or tablet to navigate a set of GPS coordinates and then find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.   Geocaches can be in a small, midsize, or larger container, and they are many different shapes.   It is fun and gets you outside, so bring your family, and bring your friends, and see who can be the first to find the geocache at that location.   As always, the activities at the Baytown Visitor Center are deaf-friendly activities. I pay special attention to activities being deaf-friendly because I am hard of hearing, and I have other hearing problems.   I am telling you that you will be welcome at the visitor center with open arms.  And as of March or April the description of the geocaches that the Baytown Visitors Center placed will be in American Sign Language.  Talk, about being deaf-friendly!!!!!!!

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Schedule/Order On-line or E-mail
  • Subtitles/Closed Caption/Open Caption
  • Accepts Relay Calls
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

Dennis

While most reviews are about events and happenings in the city, I will make my review about the staff of Baytown Tourism Visitor Center. I am hard of hearing and use sign language to help me understand what is being said.  A few days ago, I entered the Baytown Tourism Visitor Center office.  I signed (you sign) one of the staff signed (write). They then got paper and pencil to continue our conversation.  I do understand that there are a few staff members that do use sign language and others are learning to sign, also one volunteer is deaf.  I know that any deaf or hard of hearing person that enters the Visitor Center office looking for information the staff will communicate with you either with American Sign Language (which is preferred) or by getting pencil and paper and writing notes. They are working very hard to be a deaf-friendly organization because everyone is important.  

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

Carol B.

I recently attended volunteer training for Visit Baytown/Baytown Tourism. They make it clear in their goals that they aim to be a deaf friendly organization. They want their volunteers to be able to communicate with all visitors, including the deaf and hard of hearing. They provide access to American Sign Language training. I enjoyed learning a few signs during the training and look forward to learning more.

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Knows Tactile Sign Language
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Experience Hiring Interpreter
  • Assisted Listening Devices
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

Monica

Baytown Tourism Center is all about inclusion and love for others regardless of who you are. I love this place and the people specially Ms. Jennings who has the passion of innovation, love and creativity for Baytown. 💜

  • Willingness to Gesture
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Speaks Clearly
  • Makes Eye Contact

April (Davis) Sanchez

I have live in Baytown all my life, has move out however I kept coming back to Baytown! I'm sure this is the Heart of Baytown. I love looking at birds over this amazing town. 

One day, I went along to recycle center with my mother cause she believe in recycling. I had to be part of that too, cause my mother makes sure of that. :) As we arrives there at Baytown Green Center, there is Trinity Bay by, we saw the "Greater Blue Heron". I took some pictures, and video. It is nice town that no one can stop anyone who loves capturing the beauty of birds. I was at other side of road while taking video as vehicle try to drive by  but waiting patiently for me to finish before passing me by. That's bird lover, and that's BirdloverFriendly, in Baytown, TX. 

I'm deaf, and a bird watcher :) 

I want to add one thing to knowing that you all are welcome and please come visit at Baytown, Texas. There's several Deaf events, will be adding more. There's are deaf friendly like you :)  Hopefully you can visit "Baytown, Tourism 311 West Texas Avenue, Baytown Texas 77520" 


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