San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Where Independence Was Won
In 1836, Texian troops surprised the Mexican army camped here. Shouting “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad,” the rebels routed the larger force in only 18 minutes. Walk in their footsteps, explore the museum, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the top of the monument. We’re just a short drive from Houston.
Things to Do
Spend a few hours or an entire day exploring the San Jacinto Battleground complex, including Battleship Texas. Bring a group or come on your own.
San Jacinto Monument
Tour the San Jacinto Museum of History, in the base of the San Jacinto Monument. Exhibits chronicle more than 400 years of early Texas history.
Ride the elevator 489 feet above the battleground to the monument’s observation floor. Marvel at views of the battleground, the city of Houston, and one of the busiest seaports in the world.
Watch the documentary film Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto in our state of the art theatre.
Shop the museum store for books and souvenirs.
Admission to the monument and museum is free. You must pay admission for the observation floor, the movie, and special museum exhibits.
San Jacinto Battleground
Follow in the footsteps of Texas heroes. Remember the sacrifices made on both sides of this epic struggle.
Battleship Texas took part in some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century during both world wars. Now berthed here, she serves as a memorial to those turbulent times. Walk her decks and imagine life as a sailor!
Stroll through the native prairie, tidal marsh and bottomland forest on the 1,210-foot long trail and boardwalk. See what the Texians saw as they crossed this terrain, preparing for battle.
- Read online or print out the Marsh Trail Guide: Habitats of the Upper Texas Coast.
- Alligators live in the park; read our alligator safety tips.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack and explore the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
Teachers: Call the park to schedule a field trip.
- This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
- The Junior Ranger Activity Journal is TEKS-aligned.
San Jacinto Battleground is a short drive from downtown Houston and the Gulf of Mexico.