Goliad is the third oldest Spanish Colonial municipality in Texas. As such, its tourist attractions and annual events include living history programs that are largely centered on occurrences from the mid-18th century through the early days of the Republic of Texas.

Among the most historic events: The first offensive action of the Texas Revolution occurred in Goliad on October 9, 1835, when local colonists captured the fort and town, and on December 20, 1835, the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was hoisted. The Goliad Massacre occurred on March 27, 1836.

Mission Espiritu Santo and Presidio La Bahia, both established in 1749, together comprise the only Spanish Colonial fort-mission complex left standing in the Western hemisphere. The mission is located on the grounds of Goliad State Historical Park (512-645-3405). The Presidio is nearby, across the San Antonio River (512-645-3752). Both are located on US Hwy 183.

The Market House Museum, Fannin Plaza Park, the 103-year-old courthouse, and the Hanging Tree are located in downtown Goliad, along with several quaint shops for your browsing pleasure.

Goliad also offers many opportunities for the sportsman in outdoor and recreational activities. Fishing, swimming, boating, camping, and water skiing are available at Coleto Creek Park (512-575-6366). Goliad State Historical Park also offers year-round picnicking, hiking, camping, and historic and nature study.

For more information, visit our web site at http://www.goliad.org.