3523 Independence Parkway South
La Porte, TX 77571
“Remember the Alamo!” “Remember Goliad!” Shouted the Texian troops led by Gen. Sam Houston when they surprised the Mexican army that was camped here in 1836. The decisive Battle of San Jacinto resulted in Texas’ independence from Mexico. This 1,200-acre park includes the towering San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Museum of History. Walk in the Texian soldiers’ footsteps on the grounds, explore the museum, and ride the elevator to the top of the monument to take in a bird’s-eye view of where Texas’ independence was won.
The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning...
San Jacinto is more than just a battlefield. The battlefield where Texas won its independence is now home to more than 200 species of birds. Join us on December 5 for a bird walk and presentation with Jim Stevenson of the Galveston Ornithological...
Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.
When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am
From the Blog
By Katelyn Shaver, Educator, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Before refrigeration and canning there was hardtack: the original MRE (meals ready to eat). Hardtack was a flat, hard cracker made of flour, water, and salt. Holes were poked in the dough to make sure it stayed flat, and it was baked several times in order to remove the water. It didn’t taste great, but...
The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.
Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's...
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion, Photos by Patrick Hughey
Texas’ Republic-era past takes center stage with the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) recent acquisition of nine state historic sites. The sites’ legislative transfer from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department became official on September 1, 2019, increasing the...
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