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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  • October 3, 2017
    I did not take an official tour but I did take the VIA bus line that only goes down the Mission trail. It stops at all the Missions, except it doesn't go to Espada. But you can walk the 1.4 miles down...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I love walking and bike riding to all these historical Missions. I grew up in the area and have seen how they have become more tourist friendly but not crowded and commercialized. Great place to visit...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This is a chilled out historical place. I took my puppies and I rode with my cousin and her kids. She likes history. I like the outdoors. It would be best if you visit these missions early in the morn...  more »

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