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 It is well prepared and will give you a good historical reference point by which to appreciate what you are seeing, as you make the tour.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.