Tour the whole ship!
Recommended by Daniel and his Mom!
The best thing about school besides lunch is field trips! My teacher booked a tour of the Battleship Texas, and our whole class got to tour this massive ship. The field trip to Battleship Texas which is on the San Jacinto Battlegrounds was neat way to learn about Texas history. The park has other historical sites but the ship was my favorite for several reasons.
First, this ship is 100 years old! We got to see where men who fought in World War I and World II lived and worked. We also got to climb all over the place and even sit in a gunners chair and pretend to take out German bombers. There weren't many places on the ship were not allowed to go so that was fun too.
Our teacher even signed us up for Morse Code class. We learned how to send out messages using only dots and dashes. She may regret us learning a whole new way to pass notes in class. After a picnic lunch, we spent the rest of the day at the San Jacinto battlegrounds, but I think the Battleship Texas was the best part of the whole trip. Maybe our scout troop can come stay on the ship for their week-long camp. That would be epic.
As a chaperone on Daniels's field trip, I found the Battleship Texas to be quite an adventure too. The self-guided tour takes you to the flying bridge 60 feet above the water and down below to the engine room, which is 20 feet under water. Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking!
The Battleship Texas is docked on the Houston ship channel and is part the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Battleship Texas is the only ship to have served both in World I and World II. In addition to the Battleship Texas, the area is home to the San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Battlegrounds.
Visitors can download a walking tour trail guide for the 2.5 mile hike around the battlegrounds off of the park's website. Learn about the men who fought this battle and why this battle played a significant part in Texas history. The trail leads to the San Jacinto Monument.
Daniel and I went with his school, but this is a great family vacation stop if you are in the Houston or Galveston area.
3523 Independence Parkway South, LaPorte, TX 77571
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|Jacob Tip: Do not wear flip flops! If you go in summer, make sure you use your sunscreen and beware of mosquitos. Sometimes they are as big as the Battleship Texas.|
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