Hard Hat Tours

First Texas Volunteers, in cooperation with Battleship Texas Foundation and Texas Parks & Wildlife, host the Battleship TEXAS Hard Hat Tours scheduled from October through May.


Hard Hat Tours aboard Battleship TEXAS are a truly unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the last Dreadnaught Battleship on earth.  Go behind the locked gates on an expertly lead tour through the boiler rooms, turrets, shell and powder handling rooms, and so much more.  Get a unique perspective on the history and engineering of this truly one of a kind ship.


General Info


Tours are 3 and ¼ hours in length.

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




To make a donation and reserve you place on a hard hat tour please click on the link below.  You will be redirected to our secure event booking site.  

SPACE IS LIMITED so reserve your spot today!



Should you have any questions, feel free to let us know.  We appreciate your support and interest in Battleship TEXAS!

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 container 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.


  • Tours set off at 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 and can be booked via Eventbrite website.






Tour Location


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

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