by admin On Jun 6 2016
Just because school is out and it’s summer, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new and exciting. The Lone Star State is full of history and infamous landmarks. Traveling through Texas and learning about its history is a great way to get the family together for some educational fun!
Here are six historical places to visit in Texas this summer:
The Alamo originated as a Spanish mission in the 1700s but became a fortress during the Texas Revolution. The infamous 1836 battle took place on the grounds of The Alamo and almost 200 men fighting for Texas’ Independence lost their lives. Some include those you may remember from Texas History class such as Davy Crockett, William B. Travis and Jim Bowie.
Today, The Alamo serves as a remembrance of the birth of Texas. Visitors can walk the grounds and take a tour of the battlefield to learn about what historical events took place there. Remember the Alamo!
Dealey Plaza/The Sixth Floor Museum
Located in downtown Dallas, Dealey Plaza is where the assassination of President John F. Kennedy occurred in 1963. JFK was riding in a presidential motorcade with his wife through Dealey Plaza when he was shot and killed. His assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired his gun from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building.
This building now serves as The Sixth Floor Museum, where visitors can learn details about Kennedy, his assassin, and the events that took place before, during and after the assassination.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Sam Houston is one of Texas’ most important leaders through its revolution and early days as a state. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville educates Texans about Sam Houston’s life and his part in Texas history. The museum offers tours with lots of activities and hands on experiences. One of the main attractions is the walk through Sam Houston’s homes. This provides an up close look at what living in the 1800s was like and how different each of his homes were.
San Jacinto Monument
The San Jacinto Monument stands to honor those who fought for Texas’ Independence in the Battle of San Jacinto. At the base of the monument is the San Jacinto Museum of History containing artifacts and exhibits detailing Texas culture and its history. At the top of the monument is the Observation Deck, where visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the Lone Star State.
Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is full of exhibits, attractions and presentations about America’s space program. Math, technology and science are subjects of emphasis throughout the museum’s education programs. A tour of the NASA Johnson Space Center provides visitors with a behind the scenes look at different space hardware. The museum consists of many hands on activities for all ages to gain a deeper knowledge of the space program.
Texas State Capitol Building
Austin is home of the Texas State Capitol building. This building houses the Texas governor’s office and the chambers of the Texas Legislature. A main feature of the building is the rotunda, where you’ll see pictures of anyone who served as Texas governor or as president of the Republic of Texas. Tours are offered daily and are free.
Throughout the grounds of the Texas State Capitol are monuments and statues commemorating Texas’ history and its most influential leaders throughout its journey to statehood.
Texas is full of exciting things to learn about! What are your favorite historical places in Texas? Let us know on Twitter!