Beyond the Beltway: Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument
Battleship Texas, 3523 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571
San Jacinto Monument, 1 Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas 77571
For our Beyond the Beltway adventure this week we headed out east of the Beltway. I’ve often seen the signs for Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument on our way out of town and decided it was finally time to see them for ourselves!
Battleship TEXAS was commissioned in 1914 and served in both World Wars. While I enjoyed learning about her interesting history, the kids were far more interested in simply exploring the Battleship.
They were able to sit at these and were delighted to find out that they could train and rotate them, tracking imaginary enemies. The kids weren’t the only ones at the guns either. We noticed that one was roped off because a bird had decided to build its nest there!
Several areas of the Battleship were roped off due to restorations being done. Despite that, there was still plenty to see and we had fun exploring the ship. If you go just watch out for those high door sills and steep ladders!
The first thing we did was take the elevator up 480 feet to the small observation deck. There are views of the battleground, the Battleship TEXAS, and the ship channel. Although we weren’t able to see it, on a clear day Houston’s skyline should also be visible.
Although we didn’t go on it, outside of the Monument and Museum is a hiking trail that goes through part of the wetlands area. There are also picnic tables near both the Battleground and the Battleship so you may want to consider packing a snack or even lunch.
Overall, this was a fun and educational experience and I’m sure we’ll be back when the kids learn about Texas history in school. It will be a great way to help bring history to life for them!
For information about the San Jacinto Monument and Museum, including fees and hours, go HERE.
For information about the Battleship TEXAS, including fees and hours, go HERE.