Places to Go, Things to See
Displays and artifacts of Spanish Mission Nuestra Senora de la Luz and Presido San Augustin de Ahumada (1756-1771) include vintage saddle making tools, hardware and area history. The adjacent restored 1869 school contains a genealogical/history library. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, it is located 13 miles east on Interstate 10 at Trinity River, Wallisville Exit 807. Admission is free.
Enjoy the artifacts pertaining to local and pioneer history at 220 West Defee. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, admission is free.
This theater is a great place to see excellent shows throughout the year, or if you enjoy performing you can audition and participate in the shows. Ticket prices start as low as $7.50, making this an affordable family activity. To participate in the theater or to get a schedule of upcoming shows, visit www.baytown.littletheater.org.
This, the oldest operating ferry in Texas, has been shuttling travelers across the mouth of the San Jacinto River since 1824 and is still operating around the clock. Enjoy a trip to the San Jacinto Battlegrounds and the battleship USS Texas.
Located at the corner of Lee Drive and Market Street, the park features an outdoor theater and hosts the 4th of July celebration, Grito Fest, outdoor concerts, etc. The newly constructed Veteran Memorial recognizes those who have served our country from Baytown.
Dr. Ashbel Smith, one of the forefathers of Baytown, arrived in 1837 and built his home, Evergreen, overlooking Tabbs Bay. Today a marker on Evergreen Road identifies the site.
Sesquicentennial Park features a statue of Dr. Ashbel Smith and is the site of the Wooster School building, dating back to 1894.
The Battle of San Jacinto lasted only 18 minutes, but few battles have had greater historic effect. It led to the independence of Texas and later annexation by the U.S. The San Jacinto Monument and Museum at 3800 Park Road, La Porte, commemorates the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who helped win Texas’ independence. The monument, 570 feet high, is built of reinforced concrete faced with Texas fossilized buff limestone, and has elevators. The museum that forms the base of the building depicts the region’s history in a chronological line, beginning with the Indian civilization which Cortez encountered in the new world, to Texas, a state in the Union. Open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm, admission is free. The elevator ride is $4 for adults, $3 for children under 11, and $1 per person for school activities. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The USS Texas, moored at the San Jacinto battlegrounds (527 Battleground Road) since San Jacinto Day in 1948, is the only survivor of the dreadnought class, a veteran of two world wars and many campaigns. Texas was the first to save its namesake battleship from the scrap heap. Adult admission (age 13+) is $10; seniors (65+) is $5; and children are free. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Visitors view the famous Houston Turning Basin from the observation deck reached through Gate 8 from Clinton Drive. There is a free boat tour of the port and the ship channel aboard the Sam Houston. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm; Thursday and Sunday tours at 2:30 pm only; and closed holidays. Due to increased terrorist threat, call to be sure tours are operating. Located at Clinton Drive, Gate 8, Houston, admission is free.
Located at Mary Elizabeth Wilbanks Avenue in Baytown, the library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.
Located at 5200 East Road, this city park has eight lighted softball fields, two lighted tennis courts, nature trails, picnic shelters and playground. It also features the Rotary Pavilion that can be reserved for parties, reunions, meetings, etc.
Under construction at 9600 North Main, the facility will encompass eight soccer fields (four lighted).
Located at 110 West Texas Avenue, visit www.artleagueofbaytown.com for additional information.
This family owned and operated 20-acre vineyard at 12739 FM 2354, Beach City features picnic areas, indoor/outdoor seating, entertainment, and a faux adobe house complete with a hand-press. Several wine selections are available by the bottle, glass and for tastings. The vineyard is available for special events and private tastings by appointment. It is open to the public Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 pm. www.yepezvineyard.com
For detailed information, visit http://tourismprod.baytown.org/History/Historical+Markers.htm
Visit www.baytown.org for details.
Thirty minutes away in the Clear Lake/Bay area, journey into the past, present and future of NASA’s incredible space flight program. The visitors center is open (except Christmas) Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. Highlights include learning how astronauts live in space; guided tours through otherwise closed areas such as Mission Control; self-guided tours through designated facilities including Mission Simulation and Training; and a museum with spacecraft, flight articles, films and exhibits. 1601 Nasa Road 1, about 3.5 miles east of Interstate 45 next to NASA/JSC (Johnson Space Center). An average stay is four to six hours. Adults $13.95; children 4-11 $9.95; and children 3 and under are free.
Located at 2525 FM 565 South, this 440-acre drag-racing complex provides unobstructed grandstand seating, unlimited parking, and a 13,000-square-foot, three-story executive tower. The asphalt racing surface stretches more than 4,000 feet. Full-bracket racing is scheduled every Saturday night; and grudge racing is scheduled every Wednesday night. A new dirt track has been added for more racing excitement.