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“Fascinating piece of history”

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
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Battleship USS Texas and San Jacinto Monument Tour
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in La Porte
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Owner description: Spend The Night Aboard The Battleship TEXAS!That's right. You and a group of friends can actually spend the night aboard this huge Battleship. Sleep where the actual sailors who lived on her bunked down for the night.Battleship TEXAS was commissioned in 1914 and is the only surviving US Navy ship to have served in both WW I and WW II. The Battleship TEXAS become the Nations first Battleship museum on 21 April 1948. Located at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte, Texas (just out side of Houston, TX). We are open daily to the public 7 days a week from 10am - 5:30pm. The ship is under the care of Texas Parks and Wildlife. The Battleship Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which works closely with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for the preservation, restoration and presentation of the world's last dreadnought-type battleship, the historic Battleship TEXAS. The BTF sponsors the Overnight Education program where we host any group size from 15 up to 78 people, from the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, Church Youth Groups, US Naval Sea Cadets, NJROTC, ROTC units, and any other interested parties. That's right. You and a group of friends can actually spend the night aboard this huge Battleship. Sleep where the actual sailors who lived on her bunked down for the night.
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“Fascinating piece of history”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

My son and I went to the battleship Texas on our annual spring break vacation. We were both enthralled with our visit. The ship was launched in 1914, so next year will mark her 100th birthday. The Texas was active in both WW1 and WW2. She played a prominent role in both wars as well as numerous diplomatic missions during peace time. I recommend that the first thing you do after boarding is to go and see the short documentary which is located mid-ship. It is well prepared and will give you a good historical reference point by which to appreciate what you are seeing, as you make the tour. The conning tower is open to visitors and you can go 3 levels below the deck to the engine room. It is fascinating to see the areas of this ship, as it essentially constituted a self contained city, with all the essential services you would expect to find in that environment. The 5 inch guns are a sight to see, and it is even more impressive to know that the ship at one time had many more 5 inch guns than she has now. Be sure and stop to talk to one of the many volunteers on board. They are naval veterans and are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in providing you with information about the ship. It is well worth the visit and I would recommend a tour of the Texas to anyone who is in the area.

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“Spend the night on the Battleship Texas!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I recently toured the Battleship Texas during an overnight trip with a school field trip of fifth graders. This was the perfect age for kids to be able to understand the significance of this Texas treasure. The ship is in located near the shipping channel. It is 100 years old but has many areas throughout the ship that have been renovated to tour and see what it was like on this ship during the many battles it fought in especially during WWII. We slept in bunk rooms and had the opportunity to tour the below main deck areas that night and then the kids got to go on a scavenger hunt game to see if they could answer 10 questions about the ship and the winner got be to the officer for the visit. We were able to see and experience how navy life was on board the ship. The next day we toured the main deck and above and the kids got to try their hand at the gun turrets and had a blast trying to move those around. The ship is in need of more funding to continue to renovate and eventually dry dock the ship. A lot of walking and up and down steep stairs. If you are an adult and going to do the overnight program I would also be in good physical shape and able to sleep in some really tight quarters. The only part I would say they need to improve on this type of visit is to remodel the bathroom facilities.

Visited March 2013
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Grapevine, Texas
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“Worth it!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Battleship Texas – especially my husband who is not only a huge history buff, but a kid at heart. It’s very interesting and you can access almost the entire ship. It gives a real perspective of life aboard and has a lot of interesting facts scattered throughout. It is well worth the drive outside of Houston to see. Entrance to the Battleship is covered by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Annual Pass if you have one.

Visited April 2012
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“Nice ship”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Didn't go on it but looks good from the outside. The area is right next to the shipping channel so you can watch some large ships go by. It's also a small park, OK spot for some relaxation.

Visited March 2013
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“Great for Grandkids”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Our grandson adores the Battleship Texas - he loves to wander from stem to stern. Our Christmas outing included choirs, bands, Santa and cookies. He was really proud to see it featured on the HEB ad from the Super Bowl a couple years ago.

Visited December 2012
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