Visitors to the five-acre Landmark Inn complex can explore the site’s grounds and buildings to learn more about the 1840s property. Guided tours are offered daily at 10:30 AM and at other times depending on staff availability. Tours last less than one hour and involve less than a ¼ mile of walking with places to sit and rest along the way. A new museum with exhibits and outdoor interpretive signs will be installed in the summer of 2016.
The Landmark Inn gift shop is stocked with soaps, caps, t-shirts, mugs, ornaments, pins, historic toys, books, postcards, and other souvenir items. Cold bottled water is available for sale as well.
An ADA accessible path winds through the major features of the historic site, which are featured in the guided tour.
Visitors may bring in their own food and drink to enjoy at one of the many benches and picnic tables on the grounds. Public restrooms are available as well. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited throughout the site.
Groups & Tours
The historic site is open daily for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available daily at 10:30 a.m. and are included with the admission fee. For any other time of day, reservations are recommended to ensure staff availability.
Group tours of the historic site are available for both students and the general public. Tours can often be tailored to meet the needs and interests of various groups. To schedule a group tour for 10 or more people, please submit a tour reservation form at least one week prior to your visit. Calling 830-931-2133 ahead in order to confirm your reservation is also recommended.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Steinbach House – a small Alsatian house, originally built between 1618 and 1648, that was relocated to Castroville.
- Castroville Pioneer Home Walking Tour – historic walking tour featuring over 50 homes and commercial structures originally built in the mid- to late-1800s.
- Castroville Regional Park – located in the southwest part of Castroville, consists of 126 wooded acres on the Medina River.
- Frontier Times Museum – a 40,000-piece collection of old west, pioneer, and prehistoric artifacts in Bandera.
- Medina Lake and Canal – constructed between 1911-1912 as an irrigation reservoir. An extensive canal system delivers water to 34,000 acres of blackland prairie farmlands below the Balcones escarpment around Castroville.
- Paradise Canyon – a little piece of heaven on the Medina River; great for tubing, swimming, and fishing.
- South Texas Maize – cornfield maze in Hondo.
- Sunny Day Farms – provides much needed sanctuary to farm animals that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned.
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