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San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte
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Visit the site where Texan independence was won at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. What is now a 486 hectare (1,200 acre) historic parkĀ marks the place where General Sam Houston's Texan troops defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's army in 1839, thereby securing Texas' succession from Mexico. Visitors can explore the battleground and discover strategic points of the conflict, indicated with granite markers. The on-site museum houses a number of artifacts and exhibits that outline more than 400 years of Texas history. From the museum you can take an elevator up the 149 m (489 ft) San Jacinto Monument, which offers expansive views the city and harbor. To explore more of the park, stroll along the marsh trail and boardwalk. To visit San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site on your holiday in La Porte, and find out what else La Porte has to offer, use our La Porte family vacation planner.
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  • The monument was built in 1936, it is the equivalent of a 50 story skyscraper, and the views are stellar. It consists of a ground floor gift shop and museum with a number of exceedingly interesting ar...  more »
  • Not being a Texan the history of the site did not mean a lot to me but we enjoyed taking a ferry across the river and the views from the top of the tower (accessed by elevator, fortunately!). USS Texa...  more »
  • The battleground historical area is very well setup and maintained. The highlight is the monument but take the time to walk around and also visit the battleship. 
  • I tend to return here fairly frequently. It's a nice break away from the city, with plenty of room for a big picnic and family events. The history of the monument, Texas, and the battleship, are in full display. I love it. However my one point of concern is the staff. Without fail we always seem to encounter very rude and short representatives. Whether they be neglecting to tell people the ship is closed for the day (signs are not so evidently posted). Or that they behave as though you are bothering them - the staff may need some refreshers on customer service. But it would be my only complaint. Go. Visit. Enjoy a wonderful Texas day with some great history surrounding you.
  • The grounds and reflecting pool areas were a little unkempt when we visited a few years ago, but everything else was well taken care of and the history was fascinating. I couldn't believe how tall the monument was, 15 feet taller than the Washington monument! We bought the ticket to go to the observation deck and it was breathtaking. The views were amazing but as far as I can remember, you can't see a full 360 degrees due to the elevator blocking part of the deck. The museum and everything below seemed very interesting but we decided we didn't have time to do it, so we just walked around and looked at some of the weapons and clothing in the open area of the museum. I definitely recommend this to any Houston visitor or resident. It was so hot when we visited and I couldn't imagine how it was back then during the Battle of San Jacinto; this place definitely makes you appreciate the lives that were lost.
  • I came here while on a work trip on La Porte, Texas. It very easy to get to and you can't miss it once you are headed in that direction. It's interesting to see all the industries that have popped up in and around the area. There is plenty of parking. There is no charge to just enter the park. The park ground is large, you can drive around there are paths and signs that point you to historic locations within the park grounds. It was a good history lesson and it was very interesting to see everything in the area. There is a very small very reasonable fee to visit the museum. Unfortunately it was near closing time when I visited and I wasn't able to go to the museum. But if I'm back in the area I will definitely plan to make time to go to the museum. I enjoyed my short time at the visit, I would highly recommend just stopping by even if you don't have a lot of time, just do a drive through the park!
  • I have visited the Monument many times and always look forward to going back. It seems there's always something more to learn or something I missed. The grounds are pleasant with many historical markers about that educate of what happened in certain locations. Also you must go to the top for a view.
  • Good place to wander around with family. Theres lots of grasslands to run the kids on with the battleship and monument available for cool things to looks at and climb on.