The first German settlement in Texas was established in 1844 on the Guadalupe River.
1825 The city of Gonzales was founded along the Guadalupe. The first shots fired for Texas' independence were at the battle of Gonzales just 10 years later.
The river name "Guadalupe" dates back to the mid 1600's.
Artifacts found at the river dating back to the Archaic Period (A.K.A.
5,000-2,000 B.C.) show that the Guadalupe has been home to different cultures for several thousands of years.
Things to Do
Don't let your lack of kayaking abilities deter you from trying something new. Rent a blow-up kayak/raft and get on the river. It's fun and you don't have to worry about flipping over near as easily!
Go early. We got out on the river in the morning and beat the heat and crowds. For a large portion of the time, we had the river all to ourselves.
Bring reusable bags to store your phone/keys in because you can't take plastic on the river.
Nearby Places to Visit
Just minutes away, this little historic town is a perfect companion for your trip to the Guadalupe River.
Blue Bell Creameries
This stop is about 2.5 hours away, but when you're driving in Texas...that's not all that far away - especially when it involves the country's best ice cream.
San Antonio, Texas
An hour away, San Antonio is home to plenty of Texas history of it's own like the Alamo and the Boardwalk.