The Presidio, established in 1749 on this site during the Spanish colonial period, was crucial to the development of Texas. Witnessing filibustering expeditions and playing a role in the Mexican war for independence from Spain, the Presidio was the site of the Goliad Massacre on Palm Sunday, March 1836. It played host to one of the bloodiest chapters in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico after the shocking Texian defeat at the Battle of Coleto Creek. The massacre prompted the rallying cry, "Remember Goliad" heard at the Battle of San Jacinto.

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217 Loop 71
Goliad, TX 77963
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Open Daily
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last admission at 4:30 p.m.

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Adult $5
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $3
Child (6-17) $2
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $8, each additional child $1

Inside the chapel at Presidio la Bahia

Plan Your Visit

Find out all there is to do at the site and other area attractions.

Canon outside Presidio la Bahia

Presidio la Bahia History

Presidio La Bahía, designated a National Historic Landmark, is considered the world's finest example of a Spanish frontier fort.

Inside the bishop's quarters at Presidio la Bahia

The Quarters

Stay a night or two in one of the few surviving Spanish Colonial Presidios in North America.

Reenactors at Presidio la Bahia

School Tours

During the months of March, April and May, Presidio La Bahia offers free admission to 4th and 7th grade social studies students and their teachers.