While most simply fly past Baytown on I-10, those that know better stop and explore this incredible town where oil and water really do seem to mix quite well.

Culture

Portrait of a Warrior Art Gallery

After that, head down to Portrait of a Warrior Art Gallery where local artist Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon is using his paintbrush to memorialize every fallen soldier from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s amazing to see so many American heroes remembered by these incredible artworks.

Trophy Barber Shop

Then if you need a haircut, shoeshine or just to brush up on your animal taxonomy, head to the Trophy Barber Shop where old-school barbers are cutting hair surrounded by the heads of dozens of exotic animals. This place is kind of hard to describe…Just go check it out.

San Jacinto Battleground

Every trip to Baytown should include hopping the Lynchburg Ferry across the Houston ship channel to nearby La Porte, Texas to see the San Jacinto Battleground. San Jacinto is the place where the Texian Army, out-numbered and exhausted, beat the powerful Mexican Army in only 19 minutes to claim Texas independence. Walk the area where Sam Houston and his men planned their final attack and claimed independence for Texas. You take an elevator to the top of the monument peer out over battlefield and then explore the amazing museum housed on the ground floor.

Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center

Go wild with a hands-on experience at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center. You’ll learn about all the amazing animals (birds, mammals, gators, snakes…) that call this part of Texas home and you can even pet a baby alligator…

Battleship Texas

Battleship Texas is an amazing site to behold. This dreadnought ship found in both WWI and WWII and is now in its permanent home here in Texas. With all the guns on deck, it definitely qualifies and Texas’s largest gun show and possibly it’s largest museum.

Royal Purple Raceway

If you’re less about nature, and more about speed, check out the Royal Purple Raceway where you can race against other cars to see who’s the fastest or just watch the races from the stands. Either way, this raceway is a rush!

Outdoors

Baytown Nature Center

While it may seem like this place is dominated by the oil industry without a single breath of nature anywhere to be found, that’s not true at all. The Baytown Nature Center is a huge outdoor park where folks can play on the playscapes, do some fishing and crabbing, or hike on its amazing trails.

Food

Sav-Fer Da Flavor

When your stomach starts growling, head over to Sav-Fer Da Flavor, a local seafood that’s cookin’ up some of the best soul food you’ll ever have. If it’s on special, you MUST order the oxtail and then be ready for a post-meal nap because you’ll be so stuffed full.

Monument Inn

After your head is full of history, you’ll want to fill your belly as well, so head to the Monument Inn to eat some of the best seafood in Texas while looking out over the Houston Ship Channel. You can go with the all-you-can-eat fried extravaganza or try a nice fillet of blackened red fish covered in one of their signature sauces. The “monumental” sauce will make your eyes roll back in your head.

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