Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site

Quick Facts

Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site

Texas

(281) 479-2431

Map Directions

Things To Do

 

Overview

In 1948, the Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the Texas was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. These sites are located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Students and visitors alike are most fortunate to be able to experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas. The site is open daily from 10:00 Am to 5:00 PM, clsed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Map of Battleship TEXAS (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 29.749065, -95.081048

READ MORE

Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Self-guided tour of this mighty naval vessel will allow visitors a glimpse into the life of the men onboard the Battleship TEXAS during World War II and I. Climb 60' above the water to the flying bridge or down 20' below the water into the engine room. View the restored sleeping quarters and medical facilities, engine room, guns, anchors and impressive collection of awards and trophies. Guided tours given by the First Texas Volunteers are typically available on Saturdays. A "Battleship TEXAS Self-Guided Tour" brochure is available at the site headquarters. Regular admission. The Monument's observation floor is 489 feet above the Battleground with outstanding views of the city and the busy Houston Ship Channel and harbor. The observation floor can only be reached by elevator. Visitors can participate in a guided tour of the Battleship TEXAS into parts of the ship that are normally closed to the public. Call for additional information and specific dates.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 610 East, take Texas Highway 225 east for 11 miles to Battleground Road (Texas Highway 134), continue north approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Park Road 1836 for the Monument or continue on Highway 134 another mile to reach the Battleship. Entrance on your left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(281) 479-2431

Links