San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio

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First established by Catholic missionaries on the frontier of the Spanish Southwest, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park highlights the history behind the colonization of this area. Take a step back into the 18th century and explore the four preserved missions located on the property: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Free, hour-long, and highly recommended guided ranger tours depart from the visitor center at Mission San Jose. While the missions are accessible by foot or bike via the riverwalk trail, they are quite spread out, so traveling by car is recommended. Work out when and for how long to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and other San Antonio attractions using our handy San Antonio online visit planner .
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  • I did not really know the story of the missions in San Antonio, so my wife and I took a tour to three of them while in the city for a recent conference. I was glad that I did! We learned about the his...  more »
  • Must see the Missions when in San Antonio! If limited on time at least visit Mission Concepcion and Mission San Juan. Highly recommend a tour guide as they are so knowledgeable. These mid 1700's Missi...  more »
  • And we did, 5 missions (churches) in 1 day! Covers the history of San Antonio for the 1730-1830 period, or the 100y running up to The Alamo battle (1836). As we had a car we drove it, but you can use ...  more »

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To be at the heart of San Antonio's buzzing atmosphere and attractions, stay along the city's River Walk. Lined with hotels of all levels, the area is known for excellent dining and nightlife, and is close to all of the city's main sights. While this area tends to be pricier than other neighborhoods, it is the best option for those traveling without a car who want to take full advantage of their vacation time in San Antonio. For a more rustic experience, venture outside of the city limits to stay at one of the old-world guest ranches that dot the beautiful countryside.
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