Field Trips to the San Jacinto Battleground

The San Jacinto Battleground, San Jacinto Museum of History and San Jacinto Monument tell the story of the final battle of the Texas Revolution. A visit to the Monument brings this pivotal moment in Texas's history alive for students of all ages.

Planning Your Field Trip

Field trips are offered Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They usually last two hours, but larger groups might need an extra hour. Plan on arriving half an hour before your start time to check in.

Field trips consist of a virtual pre-visit lesson; Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto, a 35-minute movie; the main exhibit, which includes an activity; the special exhibit; and a post-visit activity.

Group Requirements
Groups must have a minimum of 10 students to qualify for the field trip rate. Groups of over 50 students will be broken into two subgroups that alternate activities. Groups of over 100 students will be broken into three subgroups—two doing activities in the museum and one eating lunch/taking a self-guided tour of the site. If your group is larger than 150 students, please contact us to ask how we can accommodate your group.

We require a 10:1 teacher/chaperone to student ratio.

Directions
The San Jacinto Monument is located at One Monument Circle, La Porte, TX 77571. There is bus parking available at the Monument.

School Group Fees

  • $5 per student
  • $5 per teacher/chaperone/bus driver
  • Thanks to a generous grant from the M.D. Anderson Foundation, school group fees for Title 1 schools can be waived on a first come, first served basis. Contact us for more information.

Payment for field trips is due upon arrival. We accept all major credit cards. Please make checks out to the San Jacinto Museum of History.

Things to Consider

  • Teachers and chaperones are responsible for supervising students during their visit and facilitating the activity in the main exhibit gallery.
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the Museum. Backpacks and lunches should be left on the bus.
  • There are three picnic areas available for eating lunch at the San Jacinto Battleground, including one next to the Monument.
  • Time in the Museum's gift store can be included in the schedule! However, space is limited, and students must be supervised by a chaperone while in the store.

Please contact our education staff with any questions regarding booking a field trip to the San Jacinto Monument. They can be reached by phone at 281-479-2431 or by email at san-jacinto-battleground@thc.texas.gov.

School Program Options

We offer four different programs. Each program is TEKS-aligned for 4th grade social studies, but can work for a wider age-range as well.

The Battle of San Jacinto & the Birth of Texas
The eighteen-minute Battle of San Jacinto changed the course of Texas history forever. General Houston's victory at San Jacinto and the capture of General Santa Anna the next day secured Texas's independence from Mexico, paving the way for eventual statehood. In this program, students will learn about what happened in the battle, the people who fought in it and discover what they can learn from what participants left behind.

Visualizing the Runaway Scrape
As the Texian and Mexican armies marched towards San Jacinto, terrified Texians abandoned their homes and fled east towards safety. This panicked evacuation of women, children, the elderly and enslaved people was known as the Runaway Scrape. In this program, students learn about the people who participated in the Runaway Scrape, their experiences, their motivations, and some of the hardships they endured.

Discovering the Battle of San Jacinto in Primary Sources
The Battle of San Jacinto was a pivotal moment in Texas history, but it happened long before anyone alive now was born. How do historians know what happened during the battle? One of the major ways is by studying primary sources, things like letters, journal entries, artifacts and maps that were created during the time period or by people who were involved in the events. In this program, students will learn what primary sources are and have a chance to analyze some primary sources from the Battle of San Jacinto.

Texas Revolution Celebrities
Who helped shape the Texas Revolution and the outcome of the Battle of San Jacinto? What were they like? What did they do? In this program, we will look at some of the notable figures who were part of the last battle of the Texas Revolution. This program will introduce students to a wide variety of primary sources and deepen their knowledge of the Texas Revolution and the Battle of San Jacinto.

If you are not interested in a pre-visit lesson, pick the Battle of San Jacinto & the Birth of Texas program.

Reservations

Field trip reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Certain times fill very quickly, and we encourage schools to make reservations well in advance.

To reserve your field trip time, visit our registration page. Pick your field trip based on the size of your group, then select a date and time. You will receive a confirmation email with further information about your trip and your pre-visit lesson after registering.