LA PORTE HISTORIC BUS TOUR
On the first Saturday of every month, you have the opportunity to dive deep into the heart of Texas history. The all new La Porte Historic Bus Tour begins at the Battleship Texas as Texas Parks & Wildlife staff take us on a tour of the most powerful naval war-machine of its time. You will be offered a unique perspective into the lives of the brave sailors who once called the ship home during the tumultuous times of both World War I & II, and get an up close look at the intimidating guns that still dare onlookers to doubt the unparalleled battle record and toughness of Texas.
Following the Battleship Texas tour, the bus will wind its way through the hallowed San Jacinto Battlegrounds over to the majestic San Jacinto Monument. There we will explore the rich displays of the San Jacinto Museum and take the staggering four-hundred eighty foot elevator ride to the Monuments top observation deck just below the two-hundred twenty ton Lone Star of Texas.
The next stop on the tour will be La Porte’s historic Main Street just in time to break for a little lunch and shopping at Main Street Trade Days. You can peruse the eclectic shops and eateries, as well as enjoy a large variety of local craft & artisan vendors, antiques, cottage foods and some of the best BBQ in the area!
After lunch and shopping, we will meet at the City of La Porte’s Original City Hall for some cookies and the continuation of our trek through history. The tour will then head over to the recently re-built Historical Colored School House where an authentic one-room school house lesson will be given, and you can experience a little taste of early 20th century school days.
The last major stop of the tour takes us to the La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society’s Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library where a vast array of La Porte’s historical stories can be uncovered along with a plethora of vintage photos and artifacts. The Heritage Society docent will share little-known stories of La Porte’s past and shed some light on the most important events that shaped life here on the bay.
On our journey back to the San Jacinto Battlegrounds, we will pass by and discuss the history of Sylvan Beach, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, the Sterling Mansion and the City of Morgan’s Point down to the Houston Ship Channel. Once the official tour has ended you still have the opportunity to return to the San Jacinto Museum - Jesse H. Jones Theatre to watch TEXAS FOREVER!! and experience how the West was really won.
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9:00 - 10:00 - Check-in at the Battleship Texas parking lot
10:00 - 11:00 - Tour the Battleship Texas**
11:00 - 12:00 - Tour the San Jacinto Monument and Museum**
12:00 - 1:30 - Break for Lunch*/Main Street Trade Days
1:30 - 2:00 - Refreshments at Original City Hall
2:00 - 3:00 - One room class at the Historical Colored School House
3:00 - 4:00 - Explore history at the Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library
4:00 - 4:30 - Return to the monument via a historical route.
4:30 - Tour Ends
*Lunch is not provided but there are a number of restaurants and food vendors available along Main Street
**All access passes extend beyond tour times until sites close at 6:00pm.