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  • The Beautiful Old Courthouse in Victoria
    The Beautiful Old Courthouse in Victoria
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • The Duck Pond in Riverside Park
    The Duck Pond in Riverside Park
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Karen in the Rose Garden
    Karen in the Rose Garden
    by Stephen-KarenConn

Victoria Things to Do

  • DeLeon Plaza

    This historic plaza, originally named "Plaza de la Constitucion,", was later renamed for the founder of Victoria, Martin de Leon. It was first surveyed in 1830 as the main square and centerpiece of the city of Victoria. Shaded with spreading Live Oaks, Pecan, Magnolia and Elm, and decorated with flowers, it is a beautfiul spot in a lovely little...

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  • Riverside Park

    Perhaps the prettiest spot in Victoria, and certainly a favorite of both visitors and locals alike, is Riverside Park. It's a big place, 565 acres along the meandering Guadalupe River. The park has a 27-hole golf course, an exercise trail, The Texas Zoo, a Rose Garden, and numerous picnic and playground facilities. We especially enjoyed the...

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  • Six Flags Over Texas

    The Six Flags Monument displays the flags of the six different sovereign nations which have flown over the land that is today known as Texas. They are France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the U.S.A. The three large granite plaques below the flags state that the monument is dedicated to the "Explorers, Founders and...

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  • The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

    This magnificent old structure is known as the 1892 Courthouse to differentiate it from the current courthouse, built in 1967, which stands next door. For shear beauty, the newer building dosen't hold a candle to the old one. The old courthouse was designed by architect J. R. Gordon in the Romanesque Revival Style with a clock tower. Gordon has...

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  • Confederate Monument

    This monument was created by noted sculptor Pompeo Coppini, and placed by the William P. Rogers chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Victoria, Texas, June 3, 1912. Inscription on the monument:"ON CIVILIZATION'S HEIGHT IMMUTABLE THEY STAND"

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  • The Texas Zoo

    While small in size, only about 5 1/2 acres, the Texas Zoo was a delight to visit. As the name implies, the zoo specializes in animals which live or once lived in the wilds of Texas. We enjoyed seeing such endangered species as the Red Wolf and the Ocelot, as well as many more common ones. There are also a few exotic animals including Lemurs and...

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  • Downtown's Favorite Lunch Spot

    We had heard that the Rosebud Fountain and Grill offered the best dining experience in Victoria, and our plan was to make that our lunch stop. Unfortunately for us, the Rosebud is closed on Sundays, our only day in town. We still couldn't resist taking a picture of such a uniquely pretty building. Next time in Victoria we'll try it again.

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  • Good Cookin'

    The walls are lined with ball caps and car tags at Skillet's, and the place has the look and feel of a truck stop. It was right at the intersection of two major highways, and a great place for breakfast - especially since it was just a few steps away from the motel where we had spent the night. Skillet's is open 24 hours a day. The Breakfast...

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    Karen at the Fannin Monument

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    About 17 Miles Southwest of Victoria on US-59, make a left turn and go another mile on farm road #2506, to the 13.6 acre Fannin Battleground State Historic Site.

    On this spot , March 20, 1836, during the Texas Revolution, Col. J. W. Fannin surrendered along with 284 of his men after the Battle of Coleto. They gave themselves up to Mexican General Jose Urrea and expected to be treated honorably as prisoners-of-war. Other Texas soliders were also rounded up in the area for a total prisoner count of 370. Mexican President/General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna overuled the local Mexican commander's petition for clemency and ordered all of the men executed.

    About a week after their capture, on Palm Sunday, 342 prisoners-of-war were declared traitors/pirates and massacred near what is now Goliad State Park. Twenty-eight men escaped. The bodies of the slain were stripped and left on the ground unburied. This was more than twice the number of men who had died at the Alamo just three weeks earlier. As word of the massacre spread, Texans embraced the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"and vowed to win the war for Texan Independence.

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  • visit Riverside Park! From the...

    visit Riverside Park! From the beautiful 27-hole public golf course, to the duck pond and nature trails, to the rodeo arena and picnic areas under majestic pecan trees - don't miss the park!! Raised in Victoria, I left for a few years to attend college - but returned and started a business. Often referred to as the 'crossroads of south texas',...

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  • City Park(Riverside Park). It...

    City Park(Riverside Park). It includes a golf course, nice size pond where children go to feed ducks. Also good place to go and relax & picnic. I grew up in Victoria, so I really miss everything about it. It is home.

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