Visit 2 Historic Attractions in Houston, TX
If you are interested in history and like to get the most out of every stop, a visit to the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas should certainly be on your list. Though these two historic attractions in Houston, TX are separated by nearly 80 years on the timeline, they are separated by less than a mile in distance.
San Jacinto Monument
The San Jacinto Monument is located on the battlefield where the Mexican army, led by Santa Anna, was defeated by the Texas army in April 1836. This was a decisive win in the battle for Texas independence.
Watch the short movie about the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself. I had four boys ages 6 through 9 with me, and they all watched the movie and gained understanding about what we would see on our visit.
There is a museum located in the base of the monument with interesting artifacts and information about the fight for Texas independence. The highlight of a visit, though, is taking the elevator to the top of the obelisk for a grand view of Houston, the ship channel, Battleship Texas, and the battlegrounds.
Cross from one parking lot to the next, and you will be ready to board Battleship Texas. Tip: If you have a Texas State Parks pass, there is no admission fee to tour the battleship.
Get ready to climb, crawl, and maneuver your way around the ship from top to bottom as you learn about life aboard this navy vessel for the men who served during World Wars I and II. The anti-aircraft cannons on the main deck are still mobile, and the kids had a great time moving them into position for their chosen targets.
From the engine rooms deep in the bowels of the ship to the Flag Bridge high above, the ship is more accessible than I had imagined. We had a great time exploring, talking to volunteers, and even had the honor of meeting a man who had served in the Navy during the war.
If you find yourself nearby, definitely consider this two-for-one stop of historic attractions in Houston. The San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas will help you travel through different parts of history in meaningful and exciting ways.
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