10 Must-See Houston Attractions - Historical Sites

There are some incredible Houston attractions that help visitors to step back into small epochs of time. They preserve the rich historical information of this area and document the fears, faces and facts of the men and women who often braved hostile elements during the preceding 20 plus centuries in this neck of the woods.

The sign post, sonnets and structures they left behind we simply refer to as his-story, but could aptly be called her-story or more appropriately the-story.

First time visitors to the state can get some quick details about the area and residents can compare their easy going lifestyles with facets of life experienced by earlier generations of Texans.

See details on Houston historical markers and facts.

Battleship Texas

10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.) The USS TEXAS was home to daring sailors during in WWI and WWII. It fired on Nazi defenses at Normandy on "D-Day," June 6, 1944. and lent gunfire support and antiaircraft fire to the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

San Jacinto Battle Ground Monument

The place where Texans fought and won their independence from Mexico is now the location of the world’s tallest monument tower. You’ll discover little know facts about the lifestyle on the frontier, items valued by early settlers and witness a film on the Texas revolution in the Jesse H. Jones Theater for Texas Studies.
Location:3523 Battleground Rd, Houston,
Free admission to the monument and museum
Check for current price on movie and admission to observation deck

George Ranch Historical Park

Established when this area was still part of NE Mexico the ranch houses are remnants of life in early Texas. It will take a couple of hours for you to wander through gardens, barns and outdoor kitchens in what seems like a parallel time period.
Admission:$10 (Adults) $5 (Children ages 5-15)
Location: 10215 FM 762 Richmond, TX,
open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10 pm.

Texas Seaport Museum

Located on Galveston Island, which was once the Ellis Island of the South. It only takes a few minutes inside the museum before it begins revealing how the rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration fostered growth throughout the Gulf Coast.
Location:Pier 21 Theater, Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763.1877
Open Daily 10am-5pm

Taylor-Stevenson Ranch

This ranch is home to the American Cowboy Museum. It welcomes visitors thrills them with farm animals they can pet and astonishing stories seldom heard or told about African-American ranchers in the West. Hours vary, to set up a visit call (713).478.9677
11822 Almeda road
Houston, Texas

(photo courtesy Google image)

Sam Houston Park

The displays in the downtown Houston park celebrate the diversity of the people who struggled together, to build a sleepy Texas enclave into a world-class city. It’s home to a collection, of ten restored historic homes from various periods 1823 to 1905. Free admission
1100 Bagby Street, Houston
Hours are: Tuesday–Saturday:
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Jesse Jones Park

See how the early inhabitants of Texas ate lived and survived in the hostile environment of the frontier. Learn about their tools and weapons at the Redbud Hill Homestead. See how their neighbors an Akokisa Indian Village, lived. It gives you a real sense of a simpler, friendlier time between immigrants and native Americans.20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Early Texas cabin courtesy Google images)

Historic Liendo Plantation

Volunteer docents familiar with the rich history of Texas and Liendo Plantation lead guests back in time when cotton was king and chattel slavery embroiled the nations into a fierce Civil War. The historic landmark is only open on the first Saturday of most months. An reasonable admission fee of $7.00 is charged (seniors, groups, and students $5.00). Tours run at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM.

Bayou Bend Gardens

This Texas treasure is renowned for its superb collection of American decorative arts and paintings. The works in the collection are considered some of the finest examples of American designs and craftsmanship that also reflect the tastes, values, and aspirations of ordinary Americans. Visit the attractions website ( for times and special events.

Galveston Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch

Take a fantastic voyage on Seagull II, a fast, stable and sheltered motor vessel built specifically for harbor sight-seeing excursions and education. Visitors can get an up-close look at the Galveston harbor and watch for sightings of the abundance of marine mammals that live there.

Admission:$12 (discount coupon available at website)
Pier 21, Number 8
Galveston, TX 77550

Historical Attractions

Taking time to visit some of the many Houston attractions are fun things to do with a group of friends that will quicken the pace of a lazy day. It seems that many of the attractions that commemorate historical events are often slighted or barely mentioned in brochures and media accounts of the city. That doesn’t distract from the importance of the historical exhibits as witnesses that remain behind linking the chain of unforgettable people and places of the past, present and future together.

The parks, streets and other community assets in Houston often bear names from its past. As you traverse the city you’ll notice the frequency of some of the names you encounter. Milam (street, school) Jones (street, school, park, buildings) Hermann (park, hospital, zoo). The accomplishments of these early settlers, businessmen and politicians are often memorialized by the city by naming new accouterments that improve life in the community after them.

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