San Jacinto Battlefield and the USS Battleship Texas
This was the site of the most important battle in Texas history. While more people have heard of The Alamo thanks to John Wayne's 1960 movie of the same name and visited there because of its convenience in downtown San Antonio, the Mexicans slaughtered all of the defenders and the Texicans or Texians gained nothing on March 6, 1836. After another Mexican massacre of the Texians at Goliad on March 20, 1836, it was at San Jacinto where the Texians rallied and won independence on April 21, 1836. The Battleship Texas is the last of its kind in existence and is coincidentally moored in the same park. You get two sites to see for the price of one! It was launched on May 18, 1912, commissioned on March 12, 1914, and decommisioned on April 24, 1948. Please be aware, that during the winter months of December, January, and February, heavy fog can delay the docking of cruise ships for potentially hours. We will be glad to accommodate you by extending the tour as much as possible. The park & ship are open until 5:00.
Come and see the site where the Texas won its independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836. This was the second most successful battle fought on what is today American soil (after the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815). In 18 minutes, the Texians or Texicans as they were called killed 630 Mexicans. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest obelisk in the United States because we have a star of Texas on top of it. Included in this tour is:
1. Seeing a Charlton Heston narrated movie about the Battle of San Jacinto.
2. The history museum.
3. The observation deck.
4. Any special exhibits.
5. The cemeteries of the victims of the Battle of San Jacinto.
6. The Houston Ship Channel.
7. A ride on a ferry boat.
8. Seeing miles/kilometers of refineries.
Additionally, you can see the USS Texas, the last surviving battleship that served in World War I and World War II as well as in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in World War II.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Galveston Cruise Terminal
End location: Downtown, the Galleria area, Hobby Airport (HOU), or Bush Intercontinental Airport of Houston (IAH).
Duration: 6 hours
We use a:
1. Camry sedan for 1 to 2 people without luggage or 1 person with luggage,
2. Sienna van for 3 to 5 people without luggage or 2 to 3 people with luggage,
3. Chevy Express van for 6 to 14 people without luggage or 4 to 9 people with luggage,
4. a mini-, mid-, or full-size van for 15 or more people without luggage, or 10 or more people with luggage.
They all are enclosed and have air conditioning.
This tour includes transportation from Galveston to the San Jacinto State Park (SJSP), guiding services, and transport to either Bush (IAH) Airport, Hobby (HOU) Airport, the Amtrak station, Greyhound station or a hotel in downtown or the Galleria area.
The price also includes the museum, observation deck, Charlton Heston narrated movie, special exhibits, and the ferry boat.
We normally eat at a restaurant called The Monument Inn. It overlooks the Houston Ship Channel. You may see ships going back and forth. The restaurant has a great view. It serves primarily seafood, but has other offerings as well. The cost is generally between $8.00 and $30.00, depending on what you order.
The distance between the Galveston Cruise Terminal to SJSP is approximately 51 miles/82 kilometers and will take about 55 minutes.
The price does not include going on the Battleship Texas. That is approximately an additional $12.00. We generally do not have sufficient time to tour the Battleship. Most people just take photos of it.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US - Lunch money.
Meals and personal expenses. Allow about $8.00 to $30.00 for lunch depending on what you order and or $10.00 for snacks.
The price does not include going on the Battleship Texas. That is approximately an additional $12.00. We might not have sufficient time to tour the Battleship. Most people just want to take photos of it.
I can take up to nine people with their luggage in our full-size van. I pick-up and drop-off people at cruise terminals. I take tourists to museums, and let them tour exhibits at their own pace, telling them what time we need to meet again at the van.