Next to the San Jacinto Battleground in Houston is Battleship Texas. If you like history, ships, militaria, or all of the above you’ll easily spend a few hours checking out this jewel of the Admiral Nimitz Fleet.
Your parks pass gets you aboard for free. This is a great deal considering it’s normally $12 for an adult and $6 for the kids.
You can take a seat on the guns and get a feel for what it was like to aim these beasts.
If you’re a photography nut, you’ll need to bring extra memory cards. One of my favorite shots was of the San Jacinto Monument from the bow of the ship.
Park #17 on our Texas State Parks adventures was Sheldon Lake State Park. This park is just East of Houston about 20 minutes from downtown.
We almost missed the turnoff to get into the park because the entrance was blocked by a passing train.
The park office was closed because they don’t want to be open on the weekends when people may visit. Just kidding of course, but it did seem odd. There was no entrance fee so that was nice.
There were plenty of picture opportunities at this park. The front of the park has several ponds with lilies and other blooming flowers around.
Each pond had it’s own personality. Some looked calm.
And others looked like “several things in there could kill me.”
We saw some wildlife along the trail.
And were warned of some others.
Between the smaller ponds at the front and Sheldon Lake is a great observation tower. The elevator is powered by solar panels. (Elevator currently undergoing maintenance. Call ahead to check availability).
Be careful at the Bent Pine Tree. While standing and reading the sign we noticed our feet were quickly covered in ants. They weren’t fire ants, but still annoying.
Overall a nice park with much to offer for visitors of all ages.