Gonzales Travel Guide

  • Gonzales County Courthouse
    Gonzales County Courthouse
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  • Gonzales National Museum
    Gonzales National Museum
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  • Gonzales Pioneer Museum
    Gonzales Pioneer Museum
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Gonzales Things to Do

  • Home Tour

    If you find yourself in Gonzales with a little time to spare, visit the Visitors Bureau located on the Courthouse Square. Pick up a driving tour guide. If you're lucky, one of the volunteer guides will be available and will drive you along the route telling you various facts and stories about the area, and some of the many old, historic homes...

  • Gonzales Memorial Museum

    the Centennial historical memorial, the Memorial Museum commemorates the 'Immortal 32' who died in the Alamo. (when a request was sent out for more volunteers, gonzales was the only town to respond). Memorabilia is displayed there from the founders and early settlers of Gonzales, including the come & Take It Cannon, which might have fired the first...

  • Pioneer Village

    this is neat place for kids and adults (i think). the people who work here get dressed up in pioneer clothing and make a lot of stuff the old fashioned way, and let you watch. it's quite hands on in some respects.and the people who work here really love helping out and teaching people about the way things were done way back when.

  • Come And Take It - annual celebration

    in October, commemorating the history of the town.beer garden, food tent with lots of vendors (normally town organizations fund raising), a parade, exhibitions, booths with ALL kinds of arts and crafts, etc etc...basically a large small town event

  • Come And Take It Cannon

    In July, 1936 a flood unearthed a 21.5 inch long, 69 pound pitted and rusty iron cannon on the west side of Sandies Creek and was discovered by a rescue worker and laid on the side of the road where a mail carrier saw it and took it to the Gonzales Post office. It sat there for about 32 years before being spotted by a gun collector in Houston. It...

  • Gonzales Fire Station

    The Gonzales Fire Station was built in 1908 and remodelled for the motorised engines in 1918. On top of the station is a weather vane which was made to order for a Gonzales County Cattle Baron's house. The side view of the fire station shows a new public restroom which Gonzales is very proud of :-) hmmm.. The tree showing on the corner of the photo...

  • Death Cells

    There were 3 death cells made of iron strips about 2” wide and 1/4“ thick, forged and fused together with the use of heat, borax and a hammer. The jail was built before welding was invented..

  • The Gallows

    The Gallows is a reproduction of the original which was last used in 1921 and was torn down in the 1950’s. There were six legal hangings in or near the Gonzales County Jails. Legend has it that Albert Howards hanging on March 18, 1921 was the last to be held in Gonzales County Jail. While he was in jail, he paid strict attention to the clock on the...

  • Old Jail

    The Old Jail was built in 1887 and used as jail till 1957. It has been restored, complete with cells, dungeon, gallows and jailer's quarters. It is also the Historical society and chamber of commerce headquarters...

  • Gonzales County Courthouse

    The Gonzales County Courthouse was built in 1896 at a cost of $64,450. The red brick, was shipped from St. Louis, and white limestone from the Maurin Quarry. The building has undergone a complete restoration and stands as landmark in downtown Gonzales..

  • Memorial Museum

    The Memorial Museum commemorates the ‘Immortal 32’ who died in the Alamo. There is memorabilia displayed from the founders of Gonzales which includes the ‘Come & Take It Cannon’ which might have fired the first shot for Texas Independence on October 2 1835..

  • Guadeloupe River

    The Guadeloupe River is one of two rivers that run through Gonzales County, the other being the San Marcos River. The first settlement in the area was abandoned in July 1826 after two Indian attacks and was rebuilt on the Guadalupe River in 1827. Riverside Park lies on the banks of the river.


Gonzales Hotels

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  • Best Western Regency Inn & Suites

    1811 East Sarah Dewitt Drive, Gonzales, Texas, 78629-2612, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Sleep Inn & Suites

    2138 Water Street, Gonzales, Texas, 78629, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Carefree Inn And Suites

    The place had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave but half the lamps had no...


Gonzales Restaurants

  • Amazing Mexican food

    Mexican.restaurant owned by family for a long timethey cook the food well, serve it hot and in good portionsi always make a trip there when i'm in town. two favesrobert's special breakfast taco - a little bit of everything the quesidillasit's in a fried large taco like shell...hard to explain...mouth watering, delicious

  • The Ranchito Taqueria

    The Ranchito Taqueria was a great little find. We had driven from Shiner having given up looking for lunch there and Gonzales was looking to be fast food and closed bakeries when we spotted this place. My usual small appetite wasn't searching for much and I thought a small burrito would suit me fine... small?? This is Texas after all !! I left with...

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Gonzales Transportation

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 28, 2002

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    By Road : Gonzales is on Hwy 183, 13 miles south of I-10, 65 miles south of Austin, 65 miles east of San Antonio, 130 miles west of Houston.

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Gonzales Shopping

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    by barbipez Written Sep 16, 2003

    not a shop, but a weekend event where local venders sell their arts and crafts and goodies and such. usually a raffle held as well. used to be held one weekend of each month (next one is dec 6, 2003)

    What to buy: lots of neat handmade arts and crafts. all depends on your tastes. expect country themed items

    What to pay: ranges - from extremely cheap to quite pricey depending on what's being sold

    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Women's Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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Gonzales Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    Each year on the first full weekend in October, Gonzales commemorates the firing of the first shot for Texas Independence which took place on October 2, 1835.

    There is a three day ‘Come & Take It’ event with a large parade, carnival, street dances, biergarten and other entertainment such as a battle re-enactment.

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Gonzales Off The Beaten Path

  • Site of the First Shot

    This was the site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution.The 'Come & Take It' cannon fired the first shot on October 2nd, 1835 in Gonzales for Texas' freedom. In 1831 the cannon was loaned by the Mexican Government to the people of Gonzales for their protection against the Tonkawa Indians. In September of 1835, Santa Anna ordered Col....

  • San Antonio

    San Antonio lies abouat 65 miles northwest of Gonzales and is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and the third biggest in Texas. The famed Alamo, River Walk, Tower of the Americas, the Mercado Mexican-style marketplace, theme parks, art museums are well patronised. San Antonio certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the top tourist...

  • Shiner

    Shiner lies about 25 mins to the south (about 18 miles)and is reported as the cleanest little city in the US. The most well known attraction of Shiner, which only has a population of around 2,300 people, is the brewery. That alone brings people into Shiner including businessmen who travel the route from San Antonio to Houston and find the time to...


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