San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site


The San Jacinto Monument

Every lover of Texas history should visit the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas secured her place in history as a free nation!  But there is alot more to do and enjoy at the monument.  Growing up in nearby Pasadena, I have countless memories of field trips to the monument, family outings in the park and fishing trips.
The grounds are beautiful, covered with trees and perfect for a picnic!  The day we were there, a local archeology group was conducting a dig, and my kids enjoyed watching them as they found …. nothing.  Well, not while we were there, but it was fun watching!  There is a nice hike, it starts off on a boardwalk through the marsh, then takes you down to Houston Ship Channel, and back through more of the marsh.  You can encounter lots of native wildlife, especially waterfowl.

Know Before You Go
 If hiking on the trails, wear closed-toed shoes.
View from the observation tower

The observation tower is the highlight of a visit to the monument.  15 feet higher than the Washington Monument, thanks to the star at the top, it is the tallest column monument in the world!  An elevator ride takes you up to the top.  You can also watch the movie, Texas Forever, in the theatre.  Texas artifacts can be found in the Monument’s museum, including Sam Houston’s personal diary!

My Mommy Tips:

  • The park bathrooms have real plumbing, not port a potties, which is a good thing!
  • Take the fishing poles, there are lots of great places to fish.
  • Pack a lunch, the museum does not have food, and there are not any really close restaurant nearby.
  • For a nice, sit down lunch or dinner, try the Monument Inn, and watch as ship pass along the Houston Ship Channel;

Annual Festivals

The San Jacinto Festival and Battle Reenactment is held each April, to commemorate when Texian forces captured Santa Anna to end the Texas Revolution!  Click HERE for more information.

Things To Do in (and near) La Porte


Tour the Battleship Texas State Historic Site.  Click HERE to read more.

Armand Bayou Nature Center has walking trails, guide canoe trips and boat rides. Click HERE to read more.

Sylvan Beach Park is a fun beach on Galveston Bay.  Click HERE to read more.


Monument Inn offers fresh Gulf seafood overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.  Click HERE to read more.

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site  

3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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