La Porte Travel Guide

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La Porte Things to Do

  • Kemah Boardwalk

    Kemah Boardwalk is about an hour from Houston (including traffic). It is a miniature version, however, so if you are expecting the works don't get that excited. However, for a day/night away from the city it's a great solution. There are rides for children (even a new roller coaster), fun restaurants, shopping, and all while listening to (and...

  • Battleship Texas

    From the website: The TEXAS is the last of the battleships, patterned after HMS Dreadnought, that participated in World War (WW) I and II. She was launched on May 18, 1912 from Newport News, Virginia. When the USS TEXAS was commissioned on March 12,1914, she was the most powerful weapon in the world, the most complex product of an industrial nation...

  • Texas History and the Nation's Tallest...

    San Jacinto is about 30-60 minutes away from downtown depending on traffic. Depending on what website you look at San Jacinto State Park is in Houston or La Porta, so I've posted them in both.I had a blast visiting the park and the museum. When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly woman in a brown building leading into the tallest monument...

  • Down the Barrell of a Gun

    The Aft 14" guns.The U.S.S. Texas is the only ship to have fought for the US Navy in both World War I and World War II and it is the last of the American "dreadnoughts" which was thought to be the most powerful warship afloat because of her 14”/45 guns in five twin turrets.

  • Touring the Ship

    The Battleship Texas, in 1916, became the first battleship in the U.S. to mount anti-aircraft guns. It was also the first to control its gunfire with range-keepers and directors. The ship earned earned 5 battlestars for her contribution and service during World War II. The Texas also played a part in the Invasion of North Africa in 1942 and the...

  • Another Angle

    When the Texas was commissioned in March 1914, it was sent almost straight away to Mexican waters where she then united the Special Service Squadron following the “Vera Cruz Incident”. As soon as the incident was resolved, the Texas then returned in 1914 to Atlantic Fleet operations.

  • Battleship Texas BB-35

    The Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S in 1948. It was then presented to the State of Texas on the anniversary of Texas Independence. In 1983 it was placed under the care of the Texas parks and Wildlife and permanently moored on the Buffalo Bayou and Houston Ship Channel.

  • The Foremast and Superstructure

    The ships forward tripod mast and superstructure is said to be the brain of every dreadnought - the command and control system. The ships course and manoeuvring were determined on the navigation bridge or in the armoured conning tower. You can climb to the various levels and feel yourself as Admiral of the fleet. The Texas did not begin its life...

  • Below Deck

    The ghost of an unknown soldier is said to haunt the second deck of the USS Texas. We didn't run into him though while we were there.

  • A Keewee Gun'a'be

    3" Anti Aircraft Gun - The gun was a dual-purpose piece of equipment. It could be also used against surface targets. The guns fired 13.1 lb shells with a surface range of 7 miles and an antiaircraft maximum of 29,800 ft at 85' elevation. The guns provide relatively ineffective against high speed aircraft that the Texas encountered during World War...

  • Houston Ship Channel

    Standing on the various decks you had a great view of the Houston shipping channel. Several large tankers went by while we were there. The Houston Port is the second busiest in the nation and eighth busiest in the world.

  • Great Views from the Deck

    Looking forward on the USS Texas over the 14" guns and deck and out towards the San Jacinto Monument.

  • The Cafeteria

    The cafeteria use to feed more than 1800 men. They later install a new cafeteria on deck 2, beneath the main gallery when the ship underwent a refit in 1944. A dumbwaiter was used to transfer the food from the galley to the cafeteria. Commissioned officers, warrant officers and chief petty officers had their meals in a separate mess area.

  • The Special Occasion Ware

    The Forward Wardroom used to serve the senior officers as a mess. Today there are glass cabinets displaying artefacts of the ships history as well as silver service that was presented by the school children of Texas in 1914. Except for two pieces, all the silver carries the star of Texas.

  • The Accommodation

    Space was always at a premium on warships especially during war time when the crew was expanded. The pipe frame bunks or 'spring racks', were hung in this manner in virtually every open area on and above deck 3. Originally hammocks had been the usual bedding of naval seamen but reported back problems caused the navy to bring in spring racks....

  • All the Facilities of Home

    Along with dentist facilties, there was also a barbers shop which was needed to enforce the Navy's concerns about hair length. There was also an operating room, sick bay and isolation ward.

  • Reflection Pool

    The reflection pool stretches out in front of the monument but it wasn't reflecting much the day we were there. It is uncertain as to when it was actually built but probably around 1937/38. It covers about 8.4 acres with its length of 1,800 ft and width 200ft.

  • San Jacinto Monument and Museum

    The monument is dedicated to the "Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto as well as all others who dedicated themselves to the independence of Texas." This limestone shaft stands 570ft high and has a 34ft star on the top which symbolises the Lone Star Republic. It weighs in at 220 ton. There is an observation floor 489ft up which gives a great view....


La Porte Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites La...

    908 W G Street, La Porte, Texas, 77571, United Sta

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Value Place La Porte

    1506 West Fairmont Parkway, NWQ 14th St (St Hwy 146) & West Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, Texas, 77571, U

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Candlewood Suites La Porte

    1250 S. 13th St, La Porte, Texas, 77571, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

La Porte Restaurants

  • by bobcat48 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    This is one of those 'Mom and Pop' places you always hear about. I've been eating here for over 10 years, on a regular basis, and know the owners as some of the finest folks in the area. They really know how to set a table.

    Favorite Dish: Anything on the menu. This is some of the finest Mexican food I've ever experienced.

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La Porte Transportation

  • Cruising out of Houston

    When you take a cruise off into the sunset, you have to leave from somewhere. Most of the times when you are leaving from Houston, it will actually be from Galveston. NCL for the next couple months will continue to sail out of La Porte, which is considered the Port of Houston.

  • Drive On Drive Off

    The State Park is located 22 miles east of downtown Houston. You can get to it by I-610 East take Texas Hwy 225 east for 11 miles to Texas Hwy 134 (which is Battleground Rd.) and continue north about 3 miles to the park. .Or take I-10 East to Lynchburg Rd., go south 2 miles to ride the free Lynchburg Ferry which is what we did. Once across the...

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    by keeweechic Updated May 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: We left Galveston that morning and drove back through Houston enroute to Louisiana and New Orleans which was supposed to be our next destination (but that's another story). Enroute we passed the sign posts to San Jacinto Memorial and decided to pay a visit.

    We drove until we came to a car ferry stop. We were first inline and first on the boat for our 5 min crossing over to where the State Park was. The ferry ride was free and quite a fun experience. On the way back we ere also first in the queue and in front and while we crossed we ate lunch - kind of a picnic - albeit a very quick picnic but in an unsual setting.

    Fondest memory: Once you get to the other side you just drive and following the sign posts. You will come to the San Jacinto Monument (which we did last) and then on to the USS Texas. There is a souvenir shop there and a park area. After touring the ship we stopped briefly at the Monument but only for photos. We didn't have time to go into the Museum or up to the observation deck.

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