San Jacinto Battleground/Monument State Historic Site

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San Jacinto Battleground/Monument State Historic Site

Texas

(281) 479-2431

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Overview

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site holds a significant responsibility to preserve the proud history of the State of Texas and the United States. The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought TEXAS its independence was fought on this site. Because of the great importance of the Battle to the course of history, the Battleground is of state, national and international significance, a fact that is attested to by the site's National Historic Landmark status.

The primary purpose of the 1,200-acre site is to commemorate the Battle and to preserve the Battleground on which Texian troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. It is 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 State Historic Sites.

Map of San Jacinto Battleground/Monument (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 29.748581, -95.081005

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    A 2.5 mile interpretive hiking tour of the San Jacinto Battleground was developed to see the battleground with a minimum of back tracking and incorporates a visit to the San Jacinto Monument for a look at historical materials that will enhance your understanding of the events leading to Texas' independence from Mexico in 1836. Interpretative markers mark the trail.

    There is also the interpretive trail of the habitat of the upper Texas coast. The fully accessible interpretive trail starts at the parking lot on the north side of the San Jacinto Monument. The prairie portion of the trail is surfaced with asphalt and extends 700 feet to the edge of the marsh. Along the way there is a rest area under the canopy of several large oak trees. At the marsh, a boardwalk trail 510 feet in length allows visitors to experience the tidal marsh first hand, crossing both dense marsh vegetation and the open water of the tidal channel.

Directions

Driving

From the North - Take I45 south or 59 south to Beltway 8, Sam Houston Tollway, or continue south to Highway 610. Take Beltway 8 or Loop 610 east, and then south, crossing the Houston Ship Channel. Exit Highway 225 east, Texas Independence Highway, to La Porte. Exit Battleground Road and turn left. When the road divides into two roads, remain in the left lane, continue through the tall stone park gates, and turn right into the park.

From the South - Take I45 north to Beltway 8, Sam Houston Tollway. Take Beltway 8 east, and then north. Exit Highway 225 east, Texas Independence Highway, to La Porte. Exit Battleground Road and turn left. When the road divides into two roads, remain in the left lane, continue through the tall stone park gates, and turn right into the park.

From the East - Take I10 west to Crosby-Lynchburg Road, exit south, crossing the Houston Ship Channel by the Lynchburg Ferry to Battleground Road. Turn left into the park for the monument. Or you can take I10 west to Highway 146 south, crossing the Houston Ship Channel by the Fred Hartman Bridge. Exit Highway 225 west, Texas Independence Highway. Exit Battleground Road and turn right. When the road divides into two roads, remain in the left lane, continue through the tall stone park gates, and turn right into the park.

From the West - Take I10 east to Highway 610, east loop, or continue east to Beltway 8, east loop, Sam Houston Tollway. Take Loop 610 or Beltway 8 south, crossing the Houston Ship Channel. Exit Highway 225 east, Texas Independence Highway, to La Porte. Exit Battleground Road and turn left. When the road divides into two roads, remain in the left lane, continue through the tall stone park gates, and turn right into the park.

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(281) 479-2431

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