On a chilly April afternoon in 1836, this strip of coastal prairie rang with the boom of cannon, crack of musket fire, and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember La Bahia!” Despite being outnumbered, Gen. Sam Houston’s army of settlers, Tejanos, and foreign volunteers decisively defeated Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna’s forces and won Texas’ independence. Today, the 1,200-acre site, San Jacinto Museum, and the 567-foot-tall San Jacinto Monument celebrate their sacrifice and victory.

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Location

3523 Independence Parkway South 
La Porte, TX 77571 
281-479-2431 
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Hours

Battleground 
Open Daily 
9 a.m.–6 p.m. 

Monument and Museum 
Open Wednesday to Sunday 
9 a.m.–6 p.m. 

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Tickets

Grounds are free to visit 

Monument: 
Adults $14 
Children (11 and younger) $6 
Seniors/Veterans: $10 
Groups: Contact San Jacinto

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Programs

Public Tours  
Special Events  
School Programs 

Art gallery in the San Jacinto monument

Plan Your Visit

Take a self-guided driving tour of the battlefield, hike, birdwatch, fish, visit the 567-foot-tall monument, and explore the museum.  

Sam Houston reenactor saluting child at San Jacinto Battleground

San Jacinto Battleground History

On April 21, 1836, General Houston and his men defeated the Mexican army after an 18-minute battle at this site.

Children lined up for a military demonstration at San Jacinto Battleground

Field Trips

Field trips are offered Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and usually last two hours.

Vistors in the San Jacinto Battleground museum

Event Rentals

Host your next Special Event at the San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield! 

Children playing a game with a reenactor at San Jacinto Battleground

Volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with educational programs, period acting and history reenactment, prairie restoration, site maintenance, photography, woodworking, and more.

Canon demonstration at San Jacinto Battleground

Scout Programs

We offer programs designed especially for the Cub Scout Texas Badge and the Girl Scout Playing the Past Badge.

Events at San Jacinto Battleground

A large group of children huddle around a tablecloth with several stars and a rendition of the "Come and Take It" flag drawn upon it.

Flag Day Flag Making

In celebration of Flag Day, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic site invites you to make your own flag! Learn something new about the United States flag and several of the flags of the Texas Revolution from 11 AM to 3 PM.

A black and white photo of the underside of the 9-pointed star that sits atop the San Jacinto monument.

History Under the Star Lecture Series: Gender and the Runaway Scrape with Linda English

The "Runaway Scrape," as it was called, denotes a particularly dire period for the Texas revolutionaries and their families. Elderly men, women, children, and enslaved persons left behind on plantations and small farms responded to the revolution by joining the retreat, essentially "running" for their lives. Drawing from my upcoming book, Running for Your Lives! Gender and the Runaway Scrape, this lecture details the period known as the Runaway Scrape through the lens of gender.

A table with a red tablecloth has an iPad displaying numerous pictures of the San Jacinto Monument.

Picture Yourself at San Jacinto

You're invited to join us by the main entrance to receive a complimentary instant photograph of yourself or your group in front of the historic monument. Learn about its rich history and explore our pop-up photography gallery showcasing visitors’ photos throughout the years!

San Jacinto Battleground in the Blog

Flags of the Texas Revolution

Lots of places in Texas fly six flags, but the six flags flying in front of the San Jacinto Monument are unique. Instead of the traditional six flags of Texas, we fly six flags that represent key sites from Texas’ struggle for independence. Here’s a little more about each of the six flags, and the six sites they represent.

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First Official Baseball Game at San Jacinto

On San Jacinto Day in 1868, the Battleground was the site of one of the first official baseball games in Texas.

Visit Eight State Historic Sites to Experience the Republic of Texas Era

Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.