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“Must-See: Beautiful, Deeply Historic, Moving”

Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Goliad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2013

A small and very accessible park with impressive historic restorations. Several very significant events in early Texas history occurred here: an absolute MUST for Texas history buffs or for families who want to learn more about our Texas roots. Give yourself 1 1/2 hours to see the restorations, museum and monuments. The statue and history of the "Angel of Goliad" is very moving. Easy hiking trails. The campgrounds and picnic areas look very nice. A pier at river's edge makes for easy fishing with no permit required. Off the beaten path and worth a detour: one of the gems that make an annual pass to Texas State Parks a super deal.

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Take the nature trails...BUT...watch the kids! The banks of the San Antonio River are very steep and during the hot months, South Texas is known for its snakes. The park offers bathrooms, showers, picnic areas, and playgrounds for the kids. The mission is a beautiful church and a guide can share all sorts of educational background for you. There's also a walking/jogging trail that will test your stamina!

2  Thank Barnett1215
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

What a wonderful park. Took the family camping for the first time by tent. The park was very clean including the public restrooms. Unfortunately we picked two nights that had rain, but we stuck it out. What impressed me was the park rangers would come by the camps and give us weather up dates or just to make sure everything was ok. Plus, they all were friendly. The mission was really neat and all the walking trails are well maintained. Had so much fun and the family is already planning the next trip back.

4  Thank Trxreb2003
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Nice place to visit for its historic museum and the walking trails around it leading to the river that flows nearby

5  Thank FrancJMB
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We made a quick trip to the reconstructed Mission on our way to the Presidio. I was quite impressed with the massive buildings and the overall condition of the grounds. Nearby campgrounds allow extended stay and there are other attractions in the immediate area, including river access for paddling adventures.

5  Thank Samuel S
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