San Jacinto Monument & Battleship TEXAS

 

monument 2014We try to go out to the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship TEXAS each year in the spring, coinciding with Texas Independence Day. We were a bit off this year, but we made it in March, at least!

If you’ve never been to the Monument, it’s definitely something you want to plan to visit. A great time in the near future would be the re-enactment planned for April 26, 2014. 

San Jacinto is the tallest war monument in the world, which is really not all that surprising considering that Texas is the epitome of ‘bigger’!

The view from the observation deck is amazing – windows in every direction give a birds’ eye view of the battleground – with the Texas army camped near the Battleship park and the swampland clearly visible around the base of the monument. If you’re not familiar with Texas independence history, that’s okay; there’s a theater inside the monument that you can watch to catch you up.

There are also two museum galleries inside the monument’s base, including uniforms, weaponry and books and other personal effects of soldiers, officers and others who helped shape our great state.

As we sometimes do, this field trip was a joint-venture between our group and one of the Houston-area homeschooling groups. We were joined by our friends from Houston, and had a nice-sized group!

 

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After the monument, we had lunch in the park on the Battleship grounds, then were fortunate to have a volunteer-guided tour of the Battleship. The weather was not the best for touring the outside of the ship, but our walk-through below-decks was the best I’ve ever been on!

If you get the chance to go, plan ahead and ask for a volunteer guide!

 

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If you’re a homeschool teacher, both websites, San Jacinto Monument, and Battleship TEXAS have educational resources and extensions that will help you guide your students through the wealth of information they’ll be exposed to on either of these tours.

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