Yesterday we spent the morning visiting the Battleship Texas State Historic Site (website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/battleship-texas). At this historic site we toured the Battleship Texas and visited the memorial on the San Jacinto Battleground.
The historic site is about a half hour drive from our house and we didn't have to pay for admission to the Battleship because it is part of our State Parks membership.
We spent about an hour and a half touring around the battleship. There were no organized walking tours so we just wandered about and read the signs. The boys loved it - there were lots of areas to wander around and so many things to touch! There are even some "guns" on the sides of the boat that visitors can climb up, sit on, and aim. They had to work as a team (one changes the angle of the gun horizontal and one vertical) and Big Boy and Little Boy had a lot of fun together.
We wandered around the open top deck and then the much cooler lower decks with their office and living spaces. At the end we climbed as high as possible up the battleship to take in the view - a bit of a disappointing view but the kids loved the climb.
I would highly recommend this attraction for other people with kids who like to explore. It's nice to give them a hands-on history lesson.
Here are some photos from our visit to the Battleship. After the photos I will talk about the San Jacinto Battleground.
|View of the ship from the deck.|
|Officer's dining area.|
|Sleeping bunks - my boys tried these out!|
After Battleship Texas we drove over to the San Jacinto Battleground to see the memorial. We decided not to go up to the top - it was crowded and hot, the kids were getting tired, and we had seen the view from the top of the ship (and it wasn't particularly exciting...). We let the kids run about and took a few pictures before we went home for lunch.
The memorial is a lovely, elegant obelisk, but the grounds were a bit unkempt - there was stray grass growing around the reflecting pool and dishevelled greenery. We had fun there, but I'm not sure it's a "must see" destination in my opinion.
|The monument is topped with a multi-sided lone star.|
|View of the San Jacinto Monument from the Battleship Texas.|
|View of the Battleship Texas from the San Jacinto Monument.|