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 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. 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 »
  • 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.

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