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The Alamo, San Antonio

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Texas history comes alive at The Alamo, where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William B. Travis made their last stand for their territory's independence. Formerly a Roman Catholic church and fortress and now the crown jewel of the UNESCO-designated San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the mission houses a museum dedicated to the Battle of the Alamo. 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. Using our custom trip planner, San Antonio attractions like The Alamo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Being Australian you hear about American history and the Alamo is one of this stories. Was interesting to walk around the outside but it's overpriced if you want to go in. There are some interesting s...  more »
  • It is a must visit place if you are in San Antonio, everyone has seen films and read books about the place. Go there.  more »
  • Perhaps in addition to the Riverwalk is the prime attraction of "American Venice"--as the texas history is complicated involving Mexicans, Spaniards, Americans, Indians, etc. the Alamo Mission in San Antonio de Valero represents a critical moment in the history of this town of 300 years ... an epic battle if not mistaken in 1836 between Mexican 2000 and a much smaller number of Americans. Worth the visit does not take or 1:00.
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  • Very interesting. I am a native Texan and have visited several times before, but it never gets old. The grounds have improved and are just lovely. I think that there is a bit too much commercialism, but I know that the up keep is expensive. It is very educational. I always feel a great deal of reverence when I stand out front and view the Alamo as a whole.Texas history is very special and the Alamo is a great reminder of the cost in lives that was paid. If you have never visited I would strongly urge you to visit and become familiar with our history, especially if you have children. There is a wealth of knowledge within the walls of the Alamo. "Remember the Alamo!"
  • Alamo- A MUST SEE Come enjoy this historic landmark filled with a wealth of history and stories from caretakers that are enthusiastic. The site is free for visitors but I urge you to spend the $15 for an hour long guided tour! These tour guides are amazing and have all the facts. They build the story from the beginning as you walk along the paths inside and outside of the perimeter walls. When it is time to enter the church, your group gets to bypass the line and gains access to the side rooms. The guides are well versed on the smallest details. So much better than trying to read every exhibit. Enjoy the history all around you.
  • Kudos to the city of San Antonio and largely the State of Texas for kindly NOT overly-monetizing this wonderful, historic site. The staff are incredibly patient and knowledgeable. Especially about obscure history. I also appreciate the signs posted stating "This is a place of solemn reflection, please be respectful of the church and grounds". I'm sure a great number of young people don't understand the significance of the location. I encourage those that hope to visit the site, educate themselves on the events that transpired there. It'd certainly help one to enjoy it more fully and explain what the cost of freedom truly is.
  • A fascinating piece of history. This museum has been designed extremely well. The layout is spacious so even with large crowds you don't feel like you're in a cattle drive. The outdoor courtyards and spaces make it relaxing and allow for some peaceful rest in between tours, shows, and lots of reading. There are headsets available at a cost for personal use as you explore, but one suggestion is to just stand near a tour group and listen in on the fascinating information provided by the tour guides.😉 I learned so much more here than the bits of information provided in school. Suggestions: wear good walking shoes, bring water, take your time reading all of the information, and unwind afterward on the River Walk!
  • How can you visit San Antonio and not go to the Alamo? I didn't have time for the official tour which would undoubtedly meant more than just a self tour. However, the grounds and museum are free to visit and have a lot of neat items and facts to read about. The gift shop is nice but the staff is not very helpful and prices could be better displayed (a wall with postcards and other items but no prices or sign of prices easily spotted?). Overall a good visit and some great photo opportunities.
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