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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

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Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
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Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.

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Really nice walk, see battle field and nature

History and nature make this a really good walk. Park ranger was very helpful and supportive. A video was showed explaining about the battle, exhibition room is nice and clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Carlos P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

History and nature make this a really good walk. Park ranger was very helpful and supportive. A video was showed explaining about the battle, exhibition room is nice and clean. Field trip by walk make us immerse during those days...obviously snakes were not present :), some birds were seeing...

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Waxahachie, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

You can walk around the battlefield and take in the history on the placards that are posted. Not much to actually see but you get the feel of the land and the way the battle was fought was devastating on both sides. Would love to return to see some of the re-enactments. It is very hot usually and there is... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A nice day trip to the park. The cycling community rides the trail to the park. a great reception area with historical information, a walk around the site is impressive. An easy walk around the site. Frequent re-enactments by groups, a great place for Brownsville and all to visit and learn. IN south Texas it is always hot, so bring... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The displays and information here is very well organized and has much detailed history about the area in and around Brownsville, TX. Lots of military information regarding the Mexican-American war in the early 1900's.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a great place to explore if you are down in Brownsville or South Padre. The NPS site, which does not have a fee associated with it, has a small visitors center and a trail (less than one mile) that takes people down the lines associated with the battle. There are "cell phone" stops that work as additional information.... More 

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Newark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It was free, and there were trails to walk around. There was a cell phone tour to get extra information.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My wife and I aren't really history people. We're national park people, but we tend to prefer the ones with lakes and mountains and stuff like that. However, we were in Brownsville and there's not a ton to do in Brownsville, so we went anyway. And wouldn't you know it, this is a really interesting place. Admittedly, we didn't know... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Be prepared to walk a bit at the site, so that you can see the exact locations of the Armies when the engagement began!!

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Greenbush, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Not as big a battlefield area I expected to see. Lot of information available. Not very crowded and you can certainly get the idea of the topography.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This battlefield is one that played a key role in the westward expansion of the US, and creating the US/Mexico border that exists today. Our children participate the National Parks Junior Ranger program and this was a location that had a workbook and badges/patches for the kids. The visitor center is a very nice building and there is a thorough... More 

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Additional Information about Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

Address: FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Brownsville
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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