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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Typically forgotten by most people today, this historic US National Park is a real treat with wide open walking trails paved nicely. A historic place from the 1846 Mexican-American war, this battlefield is interesting and noteworthy. Great for visitors coming down to South Padre Island, TX.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

the place is really nice. The have a lot to see. Inside they have videos and you can then walk the trail.

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McAllen, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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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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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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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
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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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13 helpful votes 13 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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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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