It’s so famous, thanks to the catchy, often-repeated phrase “Remember the Alamo!” that it’s easy to gloss over the rich history of the mission. It’ll likely be incredibly busy, but they make it easy to soak up the story of the unforgettable battle fought during the Texas Revolution. Artifacts and re-enactors inside and outside the building tie in the audacious famous figures associated with the battle, like Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett. The beautiful gardens inside the mission were an unexpected treat, and the souvenirs were great as well.
“Always remember, never forget”
Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio's five missions and distributed their lands to remaining Indian residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission's but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio. More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo." Most come to see the old mission where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against the Centralist army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo Defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.
An amazing piece of history. I imagine this spot means more to those from Texas than it does to out of state visitors but it is still a must see for all visitors. I recommend watching one of the Alamo movies before you come. It really helped my kids appreciate the visit more.
yes, this is a great piece of history. But realistically it's underwhelming. There's only one piece left of the original fortification, and it's roofed over, which it wasn't at the time of the famous battle.
If you're in San Antonio take a stop by, but it won't take long.
Yes, that Alamo. The one from the Pee Wee Herman movie. Centrally-located in San Antonio, you can visit this historic fort by bus, train, trolley or car. Pets are not allowed, but service animals are fine. You should remove your hat before entering, out of respect. No food or drinks are allowed and you're asked to turn off cameras and cell phones when you're inside.
Lots smaller than you think it would be - in the middle of the city hustle and right there at Riverwalk (must do if in town) if you see this one you must go see the other missions in the area. Also see Brakenridge park!!! ride the kiddie train and see the Japanese Tea Gardens - expect to be in awe for at least an hour there!
I first saw this place as a child when we came to SA for the world's fair in 1968. Came back many times since, but now that I live in SA I don't go much unless company comes.
Yes, it's not that big, and it's in the middle of downtown, and most of the original mission grounds have been built over; but remember that this is the site of a famous and important battle, and that it sat unloved for decades after that; and remember that it was saved from destruction by a bunch of society ladies who thought it was valuable long before preservation became fashionable.
For history buffs and scholars, it's a significant artifact. For most people, it's just a kind-of-pretty old building stuffed with a lot of meaningless artifacts, and a gift shop. You should make your kids watch either the 1960 or 2004 movies, (neither of which is accurate but who cares) then bring them.
We did the free tour or you can may for the audio tour. Nice quick tour of a historical site. Sad we couldn't take pictures inside. We got picked up at the Emily Morgan hotel. Nice gift shop...try the fudge!
Have to agree with Rubicon7, if you are unfamiliar with the Alamo, hit up Netflix or RedBox for a documentary of it's history.
Don't be fooled, there is no basement.
Very cool place to see! Free and a amazing part of history. Could easily spend half the day here to experience it all. Check out our Youtube chanel E4 of Flatlander's Revolt that includes the Alamo and other things in the area we visited. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXfThedUmiM&t=719s
parking was ridiculous, and difficult. overall boring. not kid friendly. at least we didn't have to pay.
Lots of history and love that the entrance is free. Take advantage of the audio tour. We bought two online but we really could have just used the one and pass along between us. However you get more out of the Alamo with the audio tour.
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Good for Cultural travelers. Has a Historic vibe.
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