East Houston/San Jacinto



A visit to San Jacinto State Historical Park is a must for history buffs. The park encompasses the actual fields where General Santa Anna's troops were defeated by the troops of Sam Houston and other Texas patriots at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Those who have watched the movies or read the history books and "remember the Alamo" will definitely appreciate the 570-foot monument that stands as a reminder of Texas' hard-won independence from Mexico. The history of Texas and its prominent leaders, both before and after this battle, is fully captured in the Museum of Texas History, located in the base of the monument. The park's Battleship Texas is from a different era, but is equally impressive. Docked on a branch of the Houston Ship Channel that runs adjacent to the park, it stands as a proud reminder of its wartime service. The ship was commissioned in 1914 and is both the last of the World War I era dreadnoughts and the only surviving combat ship to have served in both World Wars—an impressive accomplishment to say the least. Tours are self-guided, and guests are free to roam most areas of the ship. Traveling through the area also offers a chance to see the famous Houston Ship Channel. While it is not necessarily as scenic, the sight is certainly splendorous in its own way. Depending on the route taken, you can cross the channel via a toll bridge or a ferry. Naturally, the ferry is recommended for the best view.

Nightlife

DiverseWorks Art Space
Hofheinz Pavilion
AMC Gulf Point 30

Attractions

Shiloh Printing
Sam Houston Boat Tour
La Victoria Bakery
Villa De Matel Convent
White & Day Antiques
Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
Almeda Postal Center
Adkins Architectural Antiques
Pitt's & Spitt's
Gul Masjid

Restaurants

La Victoria Bakery

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