San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

Visitor Tours and Programs

Battleship Texas Self-Guided Tour

Self-guided tour of this mighty naval vessel will allow you a glimpse into the life of the men on board the Battleship Texas during World Wars I and II. Climb 60 feet above the water to the flying bridge or down 20 feet below the water into the engine room. View the restored sleeping quarters and medical facilities, engine room, guns, and anchors. Regular admission.

San Jacinto Battleground Self-Guided Tour

Walk the Battleground and relive the famous battle for Texas Independence. Granite markers throughout the park designate locations of the Texian camps, the Mexican camps, the site of the advance by Texian forces and other strategic parts of the battle. Most markers can also be viewed from your vehicle. Free admission. 

Confined Space Rescue Training

The Battleship provides an ideal training environment for emergency confined-space rescue in spaces below deck and the superstructure above deck. The ship is also used for professionals training in environmental air-quality control.

Battleship Texas Foundation Programs:

Hard Hat Guided Tour

Participate in a guided tour of the Battleship Texas into parts of the ship that are normally closed to the public. Contact the Battleship Texas Foundation at (713) 827-9620.

Sleep Over on the Battleship Texas

The Battleship Texas Youth Overnight program provides an educational and recreational experience for organized youth groups (7-18 years of age). Sleep in the same quarters as the crew, participate in a guided tour into parts of the ship that are closed to the public, and experience life as a sailor during World War II. For program details call (281) 542-0684.

Recurring Events:

San Jacinto Day

Travel back to the days of Sam Houston and Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Experience the past through this living history encampment and watch the reenactment of the battle for Texas freedom. Reenactors in period dress will demonstrate army camp life including weaponry, cooking and blacksmithing. Free to the viewing public. Annual event held in April.

Pearl Harbor Day

Participate in the remembrance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, "the Day of Infamy." Join the Texas Commandry of the Naval Order of the United States and the staff and volunteers of the Battleship Texas in paying respect to those who sacrificed their lives in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Free to the viewing public. Regular admission applies for anyone wishing to board ship. Annual event held in December.

Yuletide Texas

In December, missing family and friends, the crew of the Texas did their best to make the ship feel more like home during the holidays. Come share the sights and sounds of the season as the ship is adorned with lights and ornaments, reminiscent of the crew’s traditional decorations. Wheelchair-accessible on Main Deck only. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. (281) 479-2431.

Monumental Bug Bash

Volkswagen car show with lots of "Bugs." If you have an old Bug or just want to come to see the show, spend the day at the site. Free to the viewing public. Annual event typically held in May.


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