San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte

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 park 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and many more La Porte attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's La Porte online vacation planner .
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  • Coming from the UK we knew very little about this part of Texas history. The museum was informative and free. The monument is extremely impresssive and unexpected.I paid to go up to the observation de...  more »
  • This museum spells out the history of Texas in clear, precise, historical facts. It was very informative and the displays provided a great read.  more »
  • Take your time and enjoy the museum, word for word, after taking in the observation deck. There is a lot of great Texas history to be found here in addition to fabulous views.  more »
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  • The historical significance of this place cannot be underestimated. This is the place where Sam Houston and his army defeated General Santa Anna and his Mexican army in 1836. Thanks to the victory of the San Jacinto battle, Texas gained its independence from Mexico. This led to the Mexican-American war where the USA won one-third of its present area (from Texas to California) from Mexico. Even though I'm a foreign visitor, I was moved by the impact of this decisive battle. The interesting museum and the excellent 35 minute film explain the history of Texas and the San Jacinto battle in great details and are highly recommended. The observation deck offers great view of the historical battleground and the surrounding waterways. (Unfortunately most of the areas around the battleground are occupied by petrochemical plants and industries.) The place is accessible by car only and there is no public transport. There is ample free parking around the monument.
  • Nice slice of history for a decent price. The last time I went they were doing construction, so only the first two floors were open. Got to see some sailors, and it's pretty nice to walk the area and get a bit of a history buffer.
  • Good place to learn history of the country. Take your kids with you and they will do better with history classes. Inside the tower is an elevator which will take you to the top , but it will cost around $6. Don't miss the battle ship and the amazing lake around it.
  • As a new Texan this monument visit and museum was so educational and helped boost my pride in this great state. Beautiful prairie land and inspiring monument to the battle that help found the great Republic of Texas. Great place for education, picnicking and enjoying family time.
  • Beautiful! Just beautiful! Great place to go to do some sightseeing and learn about Texas history! The views from the top deck are amazing. My pictures don't do any justice. I didn't schedule a tour and just went casually. Staff is friendly and very informative for getting the most out of this experience!

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