Just 75 minutes southeast of San Antonio sits Goliad State Historical Park, which is linked to one of the most pivotal moments in Texas history. After two days of fierce combat, Texas forces, commanded by Col. James Fannin Jr., surrendered to their Mexican foes on March 20, 1836. Upon their peaceful surrender, the Texans were imprisoned and later put to death under orders by General Santa Anna. As word spread, Texans embraced the war cry, "Remember Goliad!" Goliad State Historical Park is a 187-acre piece of land that houses the Mission Espiritu Santo church and its living quarters and grounds, as well as an informative museum that documents the mission's history. For the children, there is a small petting zoo that features goats and rabbits. The San Antonio River runs through the park, offering fishing and canoeing opportunities for visitors.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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