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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

FM 511, off of FM 1847, Brownsville, TX
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Battlefields, National Parks
Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.
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Clovis, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We decided to visit this battlefield while in the area. It is an integral part of anyone who lives here in the southwest's history. A nice walking trail with info along the way. Stop in the visitors center and read a lot more.

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The Palo Alto site is all about the doubling of the size of the US--should be on every Americans bucket list. We took the guided tour to the battle grounds--very capable guide. The receptionist was also very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting details. be sure to see the movie before taking the tour.

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Napanee, Ontario
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We have been visiting South Padre Island / Brownsville Texas for several years and have noticed the signs for the Palo Alto Battlefield but have never stopped at or inquired about the significance of this site. Yesterday we were on a guided tour of Brownsville / Matamoros and this was one of the sites that we visited. Being from Canada... More

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Pagosa Springs, CO
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111 reviews 111 reviews
47 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We've been in the area for a week or so and decided to see this battlefield. This is a less-known National Park unit and, like most NPS areas, was very well interpreted and managed. More importantly, the Park represents a great story of how the US initiated a war with Mexico and (successfully) won a territory that doubled the size... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

We walked the trails in the Palo Alto Battlefield, and it gave you a real sense of how the actual battle between the U.S. Army, and the Mexican Army unfolded. We were actually walking on trails over fields where many had fought and died. They had U.S. and Mexican canons set up so you could really sense the type of... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We enjoyed both the museum about the Mexican-American War and the walking trail out to the battlefield. The museum has lots of bilingual, interactive exhibits about the war and gives a great look into the political and social atmosphere surrounding the war. The trail goes out to the battlefield with spurs out to both the Mexican line & the American... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I rode my bicycle by there and i had to stop...it worth visiting....i was able to ride my bicycle inside...its clean and informative

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Langley, BC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Very informative information center and film about the US-Mexico war. Good hiking trail - lots of birds to see also.

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Camas, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We visited the Battlefield during the week, and were the ones there at that time. We watched the little video that told the story of the battle - worth it. Then walked the trails to the Battle site. You can drive a little ways up, but you still have to walk a little to get to the main part of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The information center was well done with a interesting film and display. This helped me understand the area and the history a lot better. The battle fields itself was probably well done but the rain kept me off.

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