FIELD TRIP! Explore Texas history firsthand with your kids at these historic sites near Houston

Travel back in time with a visit to these Texas historic sites

San Jacinto Monument
San Jacinto Monument (Copyright 2012 San Jacinto Museum of History)

The Greater Houston Area and surrounding areas are rich in Texas history and culture, boasting a variety of historic sites and attractions. From stunning landmarks to quaint buildings meticulously restored, each site tells a story of Texas.

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The San Jacinto Monument

A good chunk of native Houstonians visited the San Jacinto Monument on at least one of their school field trips and, honestly, it’s bigger than Houston. It’s kind of a Texas essential so if you or your kiddos haven’t seen it yet, you’d really better skedaddle on down and soon. Located on the Houston Ship Channel, the San Jacinto Monument is a 567.31-foot-high obelisk celebrating Sam Houston’s victory over Santa Anna in 1836 and honoring all those who fought to win Texas its independence. Enjoy the views from the observation deck (at an altitude of around 480 feet) before moseying on down to the The San Jacinto Museum of History located inside the base of the monument. The museum, chartered in 1938 to “preserve and revisualize the history of early Texas,” spans more than four centuries of early Texas history, from the beginnings of European activity in the New World through Texas’ history as a state in the United States. The San Jacinto Day Festival takes place each April and includes historical reenactments and living history demonstrations.

Fun fact: As you likely know, everything’s bigger in Texas, and the San Jacinto Monument is no exception: The monument is the tallest masonry column in the world and it’s more than 12 feet taller that the Washington Monument.

One Monument Circle, La Porte; (281) 479-2421

George Ranch Historical Park

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