San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas Field Trip Guidelines
These guidelines offer educators information and helpful hints on bringing your class to visit the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas State Historic Site. We suggest that your students take advantage of this unique learning experience by planning a full day to visit the Battleship and include the San Jacinto Monument, Battleground, San Jacinto Museum of History, and the Texas Forever multi-media presentation. We hope this information is valuable to you and helps your students enjoy their history experience.
Reservations are required for your class field trip. They are extremely important during the busy months of March, April, and May. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your visit, we request that you call at your earliest convenience.
Please note that the number of visitors is limited due to the size of the site facilities as well as safety and fire codes.
Please call (281) 479-2431 to make your reservations for the Battleship. The following information is necessary to make your reservation:
- Name of your school
- Complete mailing address of your school
- Name of the contact person for this field trip
- Telephone number for the contact person
- Number of students and adults
- Grade level
- Date and time desired for activities. Please have at least one alternative date and time in mind, in case your first choice is already booked.
- Do you have any "special needs" students?
A written confirmation and supporting tour information will be mailed out soon after your reservation is made.
You will need to make your reservations for your activities at the Monument, Museum of History, Observation Floor and the Texas Forever multi-media presentation, by calling (281) 479-2421.
School groups on field trips receive a reduced admission. Admission to the Battleship and the Monument activities are handled separately and will be collected at the Battleship Ship's Store and at the Monument, respectively. Admission fees should be paid by a single source either by cash, school check, or credit card. There are No Refunds for students who do not attend school on their field trip day to the park. A receipt will be issued at the time of your visit.
One teacher, teacher's aide or adult chaperone is required to remain with each group of no more than 10 students.
- Battleship Self-guided Group Tour -10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
- Texas Forever! - showing every hour, on the hour starting at 10 am
From Interstate 610 East, take Texas Highway 225 east for 11 miles to Battleground Road/Texas Highway 134, continue north approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Park Road 1836 for the Monument or continue on Highway 134 another mile to reach the Battleship. The entrance for the Battleship is located on the west side of Texas Highway 134 with the main parking lot on the ship's starboard bow (right front).
Link to location map.
There are 2 gift shops at the site. The Ship's Store is located adjacent to the Battleship and the second is located inside the Monument. Both stores are small with many inexpensive and educational items. Students are welcome to shop when their tour has been completed. The Ship's Store permits groups of 5 supervised students in the store for approximately 5 minutes. This restriction is especially important with larger classes.
For information on inventory and prices before your visit, you can contact the Ship's Store directly at (281) 479-2431 extension 230 or 231.
The parking lot at the Battleship can accommodate up to 25 buses. Buses should park in designated areas. There is a designated school bus drop off at the Monument with parallel parking around the Monument for buses.
There are several restrooms available throughout the site. One is conveniently located inside the Monument. The second is a red tile roofed building located adjacent to the Battleship. There are no public restroom facilities onboard the ship.
Picnic facilities are available throughout the site on a first come, first served basis. The picnic area located close to the Battleship has 9 tables with several additional tables at a covered area adjacent to the snack shop. A covered pavilion with several picnic tables overlooking the Buffalo Bayou (reservation required, fee charged for use of facility). On rainy days, students often times eat lunch in their bus.
The Ship's Galley, a snack shop and covered outdoor eating area, is located adjacent to the Battleship Texas, offers a limited menu. Box lunches for school and tour groups are available with advance arrangements. Contact the concessionaire directly for further information.
Hints and Expectations for Teachers: Allowing your students/youth to take a trip to the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Sites enriches the understanding of historical events and artifacts, thus forming a lasting concept of our past. Without this understanding, a field trip becomes no more than a trip to a city park. Explain what an artifact is and that artifacts are to be respected. The Battleship is an artifact that holds the designation as a National Historic Landmark and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The Museum is a repository for priceless artifacts.
Objective: The Battleship Texas illustrates to visitors three unique stories. The first is that of history - the Texas is the only surviving major ship in the world that fought in both World Wars. The second is that of engineering - she tells the story of the 1912 engines and 1945 weapons with a sampling of technology of the years between. The third is less obvious, but more human. It is the story of the sailors who manned her and how they lived and fought.
Expectations for Teachers and Students: The influx of large groups of students can create a traffic flow problem in all of our facilities - the Battleship Texas, the Monument, the Museum, the elevator, the Observation Floor, the Museum Gift Shop, the Ship's Store, and the snack shop. In order to ensure everyone has a safe visit and to be fair to the other visitors, we ask that you adhere to the following rules:
Please make sure that your group arrives at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Because our site facilities are a popular place for field trips, it is impossible for us to adjust your scheduled time if you arrive late. You will be asked to reschedule at a future date. Upon arrival, please have the coordinator check in at the Ship's Store with the completed (and signed) Trip Data Form and admission payment. School check, cash or credit card can be used for payment. If paying with a school check, make check payable to Battleship Texas. A paid receipt will be provided at that time. Please note that refunds cannot be processed at the park. Refunds are processed directly by the Texas Comptroller's Office in Austin.
The park has two gift shops (the Ship's Store near the Battleship and inside the Monument) that offer a variety of inexpensive souvenirs and educational items. Students are not allowed to enter the Ship's Store without a teacher or chaperone. Groups of 5 students/youth are permitted in the store at one time. Shopping time will be limited in order to ensure all groups receive shopping time. For information on inventory and prices before your visit, you can contact the Ship's Store directly at (281) 479-2431 extension 230 or 231.
The self-guided tours of the ship will normally take about an hour. The San Jacinto Battleground, site of Sam Houston's victory over General Santa Anna, April 21, 1836, surrounds the ship. We would suggest you allow extra time to tour the Battleground and the San Jacinto Monument during your visit.
Visitors have been confused by the signs for the "Seawolf Submarine Memorial." There is no submarine at this location. This memorial honors those men who lost their lives on the USS Seawolf with a commemorative plaque listing the crew.
The staff and volunteers for the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Sites look forward to having you visit. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to give us a call at: Battleship - (281) 479-2431 or the Monument - (281) 479-2421.