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Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site

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Address: 108 Park Road 6, Goliad, TX 77963-3206
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Mission Tour Only, No Camping

While camping at the Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, we took a side trip to the Mission Espiritu Santo and the Presidio La Bahia. If you visit, touring the church and the small... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While camping at the Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, we took a side trip to the Mission Espiritu Santo and the Presidio La Bahia. If you visit, touring the church and the small museum adjacent to it are a must. We very much enjoyed our visit, and the rangers were very knowledgeable and friendly. We drove around the park and... More 

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Portland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a lengthy review prepared but I'm going to cut it down to the "Cliffs notes". I've been to numerous State parks and as a camping park this one is lacking, although with proper management I think it could improve in this regard. For starters, a majority of the park is overgrown with invasive weeds. There are trails cut... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This park is pleasant and well run. The mission on grounds and walking-distance access to Presidio la Bahia and the Fannin Monument (via a bike path out of the park) make this a perfect destination for anyone with an interest in Texas history. The front gate is about a five minute drive to the historic square around the Goliad Courthouse... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited in March during a little cold spell, so we really weren't there for the park as much as we were for the chapel. It is in great condition and is completely open to be explored. There is a little museum inside to tell you its history too. It was a neat experience.

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Beaumont, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We camped here for two nights over spring break. This is a great state park with lots to do in the area. The park rangers were nice and informative and we even did a guided tour of the mission hosted by a knowledgeable volunteer. The hiking trails were great and the campsites nice but we would have preferred a little... More 

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Vidor, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy trails, bring your bike and get ready to ride the park. Make sure you go down by the Cardinal bird blind and under the main road, turn right and go to see the Fannin burial site. It's uphill for a while, but coming down is a blast. The church onsite comes with your entrance fee. The old... More 

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Crockett, TX, United States
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Both the park ranger we spoke with and the volunteer guides were informative and took their time with us answering our questions and making suggestions of what else to see. The mission exhibits do a good job of showing what life must have been like for the priests and native Americans that lived here. Some of the tension between those... More 

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Buda, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Spent a little over an hour wandering around the mission. The workshops displayed many weaving tools. Everything was beautifully kept, with the old anaqua trees fragrant and blooming. I did not walk down to the river, but it was certainly possible.

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Cornell, Michigan
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This presents a very thorough view of the Colonial Mission way of life. Well presented with a very friendly staff.

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

My family (5 adults) decided to camp here over Christmas as something a bit out of the norm for a holiday. The mission and the nearby Presidio La Biaha are interesting historical sites if you are interested in Texas history. Very well kept and preserved. The campground, on the other hand, was a nightmare. Our site had no less than... More 

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