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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 13 Attractions in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, National Parks
Description: The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.
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McAllen, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Palo Alto is not well-known, even among locals; however, this is a fantastic historic site that is well-run and does justice to the important events that occurred here. The museum is very informative and the staff are truly knowledgeable, friendly, and hard-working. They have done a nice job with the site. Expect it to get hot (very) in the summer.... More

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Olmito, Texas, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The museum is lovely and fairly new. It seems to be nicely run. I'm more familiar with the grounds. It is south Texas at it's finest. It's a place to see what Texas looked like before we all got here but do it from a road.

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A nice historic battlefield. Good museum. Good walking tour of the battlefield. Connected to a nice walking and biking trail if you want to get your exercise on the way. Plan to spend an hour and a half to two hours here. It can be very hot and sunny on the trail, no shade. The museum and movie will give... More

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Houston, Texas
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326 reviews 326 reviews
153 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Must admit didn't know about this place until a friend told me about it. Learned some new history. See the movie in the visitor's center. It was a hot day and there isn't much shade while out in the battlefield area. Might see some birds or flowering cactus.

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Naperville, Illinois
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368 reviews 368 reviews
157 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is out in the middle of nowhere, but this location had a great impact on the history of America. A beautiful visitor center with an informative movie and displays. There is a walk out to the actual battlefield, but there isn't a whole lot out there. Does make you realize how hard it would be to have fought here.

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Clovis, New Mexico
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
48 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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