The Battle of San Jac
The battle of San Jacinto, the definitive battle of the Texas Revolution, was fought on land just south of Channelview. On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston's Texan troops approached the much larger Mexican army in a bold surprise attack in broad daylight. The Mexicans were caught off guard, losing a staggering 630 or so soldiers compared to the mere 9 casualties on the Texan side. Texas won the war and officially gained Independence from Mexico three weeks later. Today, a park remains at the site with historical markers detailing the battle.
Some Good Texas Eatin
Texans are proud of their culinary heritage and the residents of Channelview are no exception. Fine examples of two of Texas' best traditions, Tex-Mex and barbecue, can be found right in the heart of downtown. Karanchos began as a food cart which has developed into a permanent fixture in central Channelview, even including a covered seating area, and many agree that Karanchos serves some of the best tacos around for dirt cheap. For barbecue, many locals head to Tony's Barbecue and Steakhouse, an eatery where the barbecue is freshly smoked and the steaks are juicy. Daily specials also keep the dining room hopping all week long.
The Sheldon Lake Park
The Sheldon Lake Park and Environmental Learning Center is a unique natural space with offers something for everyone from children to seniors. It is one of the most popular fishing spots in the area, from the banks or a boat. Most species are catch-and-release, but anglers are allowed to take the rainbow trout home for dinner. The Environmental Learning Center also offers numerous educational programs for area youth and features an 82 foot observation tower which showcases the surrounding lakes and wetlands. Be sure not to miss the half mile nature loop that features 28 ponds full of alligators and other wildlife.