The Battleship Texas is a wonderful piece of history, if you have never been I would suggest going. On a recent Friday afternoon I decided I was going to go to the San Jacinto Battle Grounds ($1 entry fee per adult) and take some pictures of the area. After arriving I also decided to wander around the Texas ($10 entry fee per adult, $1 discount with Battlegrounds entrance receipt). The Battleship Texas is rich in history and gives a good idea of what life on the Texas was like with rooms outfitted to reflect the era. I started at deck level and after playing with the anti-aircraft guns, I decided to head up towards the bridge area then worked my way down to below deck; the entire exercise took about 2 and 1/2 hours. Climbing around the Texas requires a minor amount of finesse; the stairs are narrow and not very deep, there are some tight spaces above as well as below deck, and there are some low ceilings (well they where low for my 64 height). When you are on the second deck be sure to head to Officers Country which is forward along the Starboard Side (that is the right hand side of the boat if you are facing the front for you land lubbers). The Port (or left side) door to officers country was locked but the Starboard side had a sign asking people to come on in. Officers Country is a totally different world compared to the rest of the ship with silver and fine china for dinner settings, private rooms, and even a private head (bathroom).\r
The Battleship Texas is opened from 10am 5 pm daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.\r
Price is $10 for adults (13+) and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Senior adults (65+) is $5.\r
Hard hat tours that cover areas normally closed to the public are available. Call: (281) 479-2431 for more information.
Pros: Rich in history, not crowded, great grounds for picnicing.
Cons: A bit pricy at $10 a person