Points of Interest

Historical Landmarks

The North Channel Area holds a special place in Texas’ rich history. At one time Texas claimed independence from Spain as its own sovereign nation. While the reign of the Republic of Texas was brief – 1836 to 1848 – many of the state’s earliest historic sites are located within minutes of the North Channel area.

The San Jacinto Battleground, located nearby, marks where Texas won independence from Spanish rule in 1836. Here, Sam Houston’s rag-tag army defeated Mexican General Santa Anna’s superior forces. The 570-foot San Jacinto Monument, with the San Jacinto Museum at its base, is the largest masonry monument in the world. Nearby, the Battleship Texas is moored on San Jacinto Monument grounds. Commissioned before World War I, this U.S. Navy warship is one of the few remaining ships of its kind. It is open to the public for daily tours.

The San Jacinto Monument Museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, with the elevator and observation deck open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The Battleship Texas is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact the San Jacinto Monument, located on Texas 225 East at Battleground Road, at (281) 479-2421 and for Battleship information call (281) 479-2431.

Other historic battle sites are in the area. The site of Santa Anna’s capture on the Houston Ship Channel next to the Washburn Tunnel is marked by a monument and park. Nearby, the site of the destruction of Vince’s Bridge has also been preserved. Located on South Richey Road in Pasadena, history holds the site as the place where Deaf Smith, Sam Houston’s chief scout, destroyed the bridge at Vince’s Bayou and ensured the beleaguered Texas Army victory over Santa Anna’s superior army.

Area Attractions

With its scenery, culture and history, the greater Houston area has enough sights and sounds to keep visitors or lifelong residents busy. Points of interest include Space Center Houston, NASA, the downtown Theater District, and The Galleria. Family recreation includes Houston’s numerous parks, Houston Zoo, Lake Houston and golf courses.


Professional Sports

Houston is fortunate to have several professional sports teams. The 2005 National League champion Houston Astros play their baseball games at Minute Maid Park. The state-of-the-art stadium features a retractable roof that opens to provide spectators a grand view of the downtown Houston skyline. Basketball fans cheer for the NBA’s Houston Rockets who play their home games in the Toyota Center. Houston is also proud to be home of the NFL Houston Texans, who play at NRG Stadium. Professional soccer is alive in Houston courtesy of the Houston Dynamos who play at the BBVA Compass Stadium.


Local Golf Courses

The area is served by superior golf courses including the Texaco Golf Club and River Terrace Golf Course. Both courses provide a number of challenging holes coupled with green fees that are among the lowest in the greater Houston area. More than 20 other 18-hole courses are within a 30-minute drive.

Sam Houston Race Park

The first Class 1 horse track in Texas, the 320-acre Sam Houston Race Park cost $90 million to build. The park hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing seasons, and simulcasting of both national and international races. It is minutes from the area via a quick trip on the Sam Houston Toll way, located on Beltway 8 between Highway 290 and I-45. There are more than 1,000 monitors in the pavilion. (281) 807-8700


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Each spring, the community takes on a Western flavor as young and old celebrate Texas’ cowboy heritage at NRG Park and Stadium. This event is among the largest of its kind in the world. Spread out over three full weeks, it attracts top professional cowboys and cowgirls along with headline acts from the world. It is one of the largest economic catalysts in the city. Beginning with the world’s largest barbecue cook-off and through the rodeo championship finals, the event raises millions of dollars targeted for scholarships and educational programs. 

RODEO TIME IS HERE (March 7-26, 2017) - Visit Official Website for times


Cruise Lines

The Bayport Cruise Terminal nestled between Houston and Galveston Bay in the city of Pasadena offers a one-of-a kind experience and only minutes from the North Channel area.  Princess Cruises are now sailing out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal through 2016.  To book a cruise call 800-PRINCESS or visit www.princess.com

Norwegian Cruise Lines returned to Houston and also offers cruises out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal.  To book a cruise, call Norwegian at 800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com
For general inquiries concerning the terminal and parking, please call 281-291-6200.