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The Alamo, San Antonio

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Visit the site of Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s last stand for Texas independence at The Alamo. Formerly a Roman Catholic church and fortress, the mission now houses a museum dedicated to the Battle of the Alamo and is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Tour the restored mission to admire a collection of relics and memorabilia and understand the site's importance in Texas history. Audio guides are available for purchase. Plan your visit to The Alamo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Antonio trip builder.
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  • Be sure to find out when the living history will be presented as the characters put on quite a show out in the courtyard area. Even if the line for the tour to view the inside of the Alamo is long, yo...  more »
  • The Alamo is a San Antonio must see. You don't have to be a history buff to appreciate a visit to the Alamo. Almost every American knows the story and the site could not be more accessible. It's right...  more »
  • There are plenty of guides walking around to provide information. Did not go inside but my friends did and they enjoyed the self guided tour.  more »
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  • My family and I had a great time learning about the history of The Alamo! If you have the time, I would recommend going on a guide tour! Very entertaining and informative! Plus, you get to go in areas that are not allowed unless you're with the tour! It's a wonderful piece of history! Definitely a must see if you're in San Antonio!
  • Been here twice now, I love it!!! Free to get in (parking is nearby and kinda pricey, we paid $15 for 5 hours, other options were $10 for 3 hours, or $20 for 8 hours). You can pay to have an "audio tour" but I'm not sure how much it costs, we just went through the area by ourselves. You can walk through the main building, then they had a gift shop, an exhibit about the Bowie knife and James (I think that's his first name) Bowie, pretty cool exhibit, they do have small bathrooms in the back corner. There was another walk through exhibit area that had artifacts that were found from the original battle. Can't take pictures in any of the buildings though. Beautiful scenery and awesome history!!! Would definitely recommend if you're in the area.
  • My son and I went to the Alamo and it was easily navigable for a stroller even though there was rocky path ways. There was a Bowie knife museum which a couple of weeks earlier my husband went to and thoroughly enjoyed. It's a quiet place to sit and enjoy the greenery and history of the Alamo. The gift shop a good variety of material to choose from if you didn't do the tour or just the audio tour itself. The audio tour is very informative, but it is a small attraction so either you will go and enjoy the history or you'll go and enjoy the beauty of old buildings.
  • Awesome history and a must see if you are in San Antonio! It's great to see where American's held out against the Mexicans under Santa Anna during the Texas War for Independence. It's interesting to find out that most of the old fort is now built over. Only a small section of the original fort (but the most iconic) is still standing. I recommend watching the movie on the Alamo before coming to give you some background knowledge.
  • Phenomenal. You can walk in and tour the church and grounds for free - there are paid options (audio tour or guided tour). The gift shops are clean with friendly staff. I can't believe I'm commenting on the bathrooms - but it should be noted - the bathrooms were kept up and extraordinarily clean! Be prepared for crowds of people. They have a few tents that offer "living history" - actors portraying the people of 1830s, sharing stories and presenting trades of the era (free). Very impressed with the upkeep and hope to see continued preservation of such a historical landmark!