Best Ways To See The Battleship Texas In Galveston

For the next year, the 110-year-old USS Texas Battleship will be drydocked in Galveston, giving island visitors a rare opportunity to marvel at her glory.

On August 31, 2022, Battleship Texas made her way from San Jacinto to Galveston to undergo extensive repairs. While drydocked in the Galveston Harbor, the historic vessel will be displayed for all to see. Here are some of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the USS Texas during your visit to Galveston Island.

pictured: USS Texas arrives in Galveston (Aug 31, 2022)

Battleship Texas
About the USS Texas (BB-35)

Commissioned in 1914 as the most powerful weapon in the world, the Battleship TEXAS is credited with the introduction and innovation of advances in gunnery, aviation, and radar. She is the last surviving Dreadnought as well as the only battleship in existence today that fought in both World War I and World War II.

Battleship Texas

For the next year, the 110-year-old USS Texas will be drydocked in the Galveston harbor to undergo extensive repairs. There are many ways to get an up close and personal view of the vessel during their trip, which we'll outline in this article.

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Best Places to See the USS Texas?

The Battleship Texas will be drydocked during her repairs at Gulf Copper in Galveston's historic harbor. This means visitors to the island will have the rare opportunity to see this historic vessel during their stay. Below, you'll find our top recommendations for getting the best views of the USS Texas.

Battleship Texas

Pier 21 is a waterfront entertainment and dining area located in The Historic Strand Seaport Area, directly adjacent to where the USS Texas is drydocked.

Pier 21 offers a variety of attractions, restaurants, and lodging that are practically in the shadows of Battleship Texas. Read on to discover some of our best recommendations.

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Harbor Boat Tours

Pier 21 is home to year-round harbor boat tours that give patrons the opportunity to learn about the historic Galveston harbor and spot dolphins. With the arrival of the USS Texas in this very harbor, these boat tours are the perfect way to get an up-close view of the battleship.

Attractions Near Battleship Texas
Attractions

The USS Texas isn't the only historic vessel to marvel in Galveston. Located at the Galveston Historic Seaport, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is a historic vessel and a floating museum that serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings.

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Attractions

Galveston’s historic immigration story comes alive at the 'Ship to Shore' experience at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Follow in the footsteps of the early immigrants on their journeys to 1880s Galveston.

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Attractions

This unique museum - located on the Galveston Harbor - allows visitors to step aboard a retired jack-up rig and experience three floors of exhibits and interactive displays illustrating the history of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production.

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Dining Near Battleship Texas
Dining

Dine in the shadows of the USS Texas at Willie G's located on Pier 21. Recognized nationally as one of the top upscale seafood restaurants, Willie G's is known for providing the finest and freshest seafood, succulent steaks and unsurpassed service in an elegant setting.

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Dining

Revered as one of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman's Wharf's waterfront patio is the perfect spot to dine with views of the USS Texas. Time your visit perfectly and might see the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the USS Texas AND one of Galveston's massive cruise ships departing simultaneously!

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Dining

Katie's Seafood Market supplies this restaurant with its fresh seafood, which is a unique attribute among restaurants and takes each dish to the next level. Stop in for a delicious shrimp platter and enjoy a house cocktail while you gaze across the harbor at the USS Texas.

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Lodging Near Battleship Texas
Lodging

The Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21 is the only hotel in Galveston that overlooks the Galveston Harbor and the USS Texas. Harbor House sits on the site of an early Galveston Steamship Terminal and provides a unique vantage point for watching the activity of a working port, including spectacular views of the USS Texas in drydock.

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