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Hard Hat Tours


The volunteer organization, in concert with Texas Parks & Wildlife, is hosting the Hard Hat Tours scheduled from October through early May.  Now you can satisfy your curiosity and take with you an appreciation for the importance of this early 20th Century dreadnought’s construction, equipment and operation, innovations, and operational history. 

Below is a drawing showing the rooms you will visit.

Participants will be able to see areas of the ship rarely seen by the public. Featured highlights of the tours include the Ammo Handling Room, Drying Room, Boiler Room, Compressor Room, Main Radio Room, Main Battery Plot Room, Forward Dynamo Room, Forward Power Distribution Room, Central Station, # 1 Turret, and the Pilot House.





Tours are 3 and ¼ hours in length.

You are going into areas of the ship that have not had any restoration work done for several years so these areas can be quite dirty. Wear clothing that is appropriate for this type of adventure.

Take Note of the list to the right!!

The next Hard Hat Tours will be:


January 17, 2015

February 21, 2015

March 14, 2015

May 2, 2015

October 24, 2015

November 21, 2015

 Arrange Hard Hat Tours with:

Barbara Graf, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

281-479-2431 extn. 234


Guests NEED to bring and Understand the Following

  • Prior reservations are required.  There is limited space on each tour and limited tours on any date.

  • Guests must be 14 years of age or older.

  • Hard Hats are provided, and water will be available along the tour route during breaks.

  • Flashlight (Some areas are dark) especially if the lights go OUT.

  • Comfortable shoes that lace-up. No Slip-on style shoes.

  • Comfortable pair of gloves if you wish.

  • Camera if you want to take pictures.

  • You may want to bring a Water canteen on a belt or backpack style.

  • During the May and October Tours it can be warm below decks. You should exercise caution when booking your tours. There are NO tours during the summer months.

  • You must be able to climb numerous ladders and steep stairs to access many areas of the ship during your 3 + hour tour.

  • 8:30am, 10:30am and 1:00pm

  •  Promptness is required, as start times are strictly observed. 

The tours are available via a minimum donation of $50.00 cash, or a check written out to:

Battleship Texas Foundation

Note: Please write "Hard Hat Tour" in the memo section of your check!


The Battleship TEXAS is located 22 miles east of down-town Houston. From Interstate 610 east, take Texas Highway 225 east for 11 miles to Texas Highway 134 (Independence Parkway South), continue north about 3 miles to the park. Or take I-10 east to Lynchburg Road, go south 2 miles to ride the free Lynchburg Ferry. Once across the Houston Ship Channel, it will be a short drive on Texas Highway 134 to the park.  


3523 Independence Parkway South

LaPorte, TX 77571


Click On Map For Link To Map


There are a limited number of slots available:

For more information and to make Reservations,

 call Bruce Bramlett at 713-827-9620 or e-mail to: bb35foundation@sbcglobal.net 

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