San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
The 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which is also a national Historic Landmark, consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. It is located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Visitors can experience history first-hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS State Historic Sites.
The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought Texas its independence was fought on this site. Texian troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836.
Things to Do
San Jacinto Battleground
Walk the Battleground and relive the famous battle for Texas Independence. Granite markers throughout the site designate locations of the Texian camps, the Mexican camps, the site of the advance by Texian forces and other strategic parts of the battle. Most markers can also be viewed from your vehicle. Read or print out "A Battleground Walking Tour Guide." Boy Scouts can earn a badge for this activity. Free admission.
Monument Observation Floor
Take the elevator up to the Monument's Observation floor, 489 feet above the Battleground, with outstanding views of the city and the busy Houston Ship Channel and harbor. Regular admission.
San Jacinto Museum of History
The San Jacinto Museum of History, operated by the nonprofit San Jacinto Museum of History Association, is housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument. The museum contains priceless artifacts and dioramas, as well as a rare collection of 250,000 documents and 40,000 books chronicling more than 400 years of early Texas history. Free admission.
There are many recreational and educational experiences for visitors and organized youth groups, as well as numerous programs for students of all ages, self-guided tours of the Battleship and Battleground, confined space rescue training, and internships. Learn more about Battleship TEXAS programs and tours.
Marsh Restoration and Boardwalk
From the 1,210-foot long marsh trail and boardwalk you can view the native prairie, tidal marsh and bottomland forest as it appeared at the time of the historic 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. Read or print out the Marsh Interpretive Trail Guide: "Habitats of the Upper Texas Coast."
Picnic tables, grills and water faucets are available throughout the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. An enclosed picnic pavilion overlooking Buffalo Bayou is available by advance reservation.
The site is a short drive from downtown Houston where you can enjoy the many historical and cultural museums; professional sports teams; and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico are less than an hour drive south of the site. Nearby Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sites include Brazos Bend State Park, Galveston Island State Park, Village Creek State Park; and Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center.