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“Take the Hard Hat Tour”

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
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$99.00*
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Battleship USS Texas and San Jacinto Monument Tour
Ranked #1 of 10 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.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

From the bowels of the ship to the bridge, the hard hat tour ($30) was far better than a self guided tour ($12). The docents were outstanding and explained the unique features of the ship, going places not open to the public. Lots of steep ladders (where the hard hats are needed). It is a miracle that this ship is still around despite years of neglect. This is the only WW1 dreadnaught left on the topside of water. Finding it is easy if you can follow signs, but beware the police car waiting for speeders on the long approach.

Thank Prussik
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Like the history behind the ship and the Tour the person that was touring us had alot of knowledge about the ship. Kids will love it if they are into big ships.

Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This was a great experience and worth every penny. We enjoyed being able to run free around the ship and go in almost every door or stairway. There was so much to see. Our kids loved it and so did we! Unfortunately there was no soap in the bathrooms.

Thank EmilyK643
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a really great attraction. Many parts of the ship are open for self-guided touring. The $12 adult admission may seem a bit high but it is helping preserve history. I have been to the USS Texas twice now and I would probably go back again next chance. Signage is pretty good with several interesting reads on the 2nd deck. It can get very hot in the ship so be prepared for a bit of exercise and sweat most of the year. There are lots of ladders and low doors and pipes so watch your head. Some passageway are quite cramped. Also keep the kids under control...this is a real battleship and there are lots of thing to trip over and run into if you're not alert. They have done a lot to keep it safe but do be careful. Be sure to go down to the engine room below the 3rd deck...really dark and dirty and gives an idea of what it was it must have been like to work down there; if they'd add some ear-shattering noise it would even more realistic. Also go inside the one turret that is open. Highly recommend.

Thank G S
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Very surprised at how much of the battleship you can explore. The staff has done a wonderful job of providing information on the different areas of the ship and the history of it as well (which is very rich, I might add). We spent almost two hours and could've spent more. You go at your own pace and can decide how and where you want to go. Some of the stairways are steep and could be a bit challenging for smaller children or older adults. They have fans blowing below deck to keep the air moving, but I'm glad we visited this in the spring. I think it may be a bit warm in the heat and humidity of Houston in summer. What a great time we had. Very interesting.

Thank makrb
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