A getaway for Texas history buffs of all ages.

By Travel & Leisure
April 16, 2014
Credit: Provided by the City of Gonzales

Gonzales is on the Texas field trip circuit thanks to its rich Texas revolution history. The Gonzales Memorial Museum is home to the famous “Come and Take It” cannon, though it’s much more dazzling in legacy than in real life. Pioneer times also come to life at a living history center, where volunteers in period dress show you around a late 1800s village (spoiler alert: you won’t see any iPads).

Gonzales Food Market

Traveling with little meat eaters? They can feast on lamb ribs and sausages at this classic barbecue restaurant, where paper plants land on checked tablecloths and the joint’s famous spice rubs are sold at the cash register.

Belle Oaks Inn

This Louisiana plantation-style mansion was built in 1912 with grand iconic columns and a wrap around patio and porch. Of the five accommodation options, all outfitted with antique furnishings, families should opt for the spacious two-bedroom carriage house for its kitchen and pool access. Don’t miss the inn’s orange bread, an addictive breakfast treat.

Pioneer Village and Living History Center

Learn about life during Texas’ pioneer days at this restored town, minutes from Gonzales’ town square, made up of 13 houses and buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s. People in period costumes give tours of residential cabins, a blacksmith shop, granary, and school with its original blackboards.

Gonzales Memorial Museum

Here, you can come face to face with the original “Come and Take It” cannon—it was originally used during the Battle of Gonzales in 1835 and has since come to symbolize Texas’ independent spirit—as well as uniforms worn by local soldiers during the Texas Revolution.