Did you know that the only remaining dreadnought is right here in Texas? That dreadnought also has the distinction as the only surviving battleship that served in both world wars. It’s Battleship Texas, and you can take a guided or self-guided tour of this relic from the past. Tickets are $12 for people aged 12–64. Seniors only pay $6, and children 5–11 get in for $3. Children four and under and active and retired members of the military can tour the vessel for free.
Here’s what you need to know before you go.
The Self-Guided Tour
Self-guided tours are the most popular option on this ship. If you tour the ship on your own, you can go at your own pace. You will see a lot during your tour, including the upper level of the engine room and the anti-aircraft guns. The ship is full of signage that provides information, so you can learn when you explore. You can also ask volunteers questions, even if you aren’t on a guided tour. They are stationed throughout the ship, so stop and ask any questions you want. On top of that, you can watch a 30-minute video on the main deck that provides additional information about the ship.
Keep in mind that certain areas of the ship are closed for renovations, so you won’t get to see everything if you take a self-guided tour.
Consider the Hard Hat Tour
While you can take a self-guided tour for a few bucks, the $50 Hard Hat Guided Tour is worth the extra money. A volunteer who understands the history of this mighty warship will take you to areas that you can’t normally visit. That includes parts of the ship that are closed due to renovations.
There are a few things to keep in mind before visiting Battleship Texas. First, the stairs are very narrow and steep on this vessel. If you have knee problems, you might have some trouble navigating. However, you can stay on the main deck and avoid the stairs.
Next, wear closed-toe shoes. There is a lot to see and do on the ship, and it’s easy to stub a toe.
Also, Battleship Texas might be relocated in the near future. There is a lot of discussion about the expense of maintaining the ship. Some believe that moving it will bring in more visitors. That, in turn, will make it easier to maintain the ship. If you want to see Battleship Texas here in Houston, this could be your last chance.
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See a Piece of History Here in Houston
Houston is full of history, but it’s hard to beat Battleship Texas. This ship truly is a relic from the past. As you tour it, you will get an inside look into life living on a ship during wartime. You will walk away with a new appreciation and understanding of history.