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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

2202 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78210
210-932-1001
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Ranked #3 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, National Parks, Trails, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Walking
Description: Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions.
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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

If you can only go to one mission aside from the Alamo, go to the 1720 San Jose Mission. It is the best preserved, has a movie and gift shop area, and the old mission is now used as a church.

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Houston
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Visited the Missions National Park during the grand tour of San Antonio. Really loved what I saw and enjoyed the historical background - especially learning about the Catholic church's influence. Wish I could have stayed longer and learned more. I found it fascinating.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

We rented our bikes from Bike World at Pearl's Brewery (north side of downtown). We took the riverwalk path to the far south side of San Antonio to the Missions. The total round trip is about 20 miles. Not many hills. San Antonio is pretty flat. This time of the year (late October) is perfect biking weather. The days are... More

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Montreal, Canada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
40 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The missions trail is a must-do in San Antonio for a great change in scenery after the River Walk. The history and the ambiance are quite unique and it's all free! Try to visit the missions on a sunday and you may get, as we did, mariachi concerts happening inside the church. To navigate all five missions, it's better to... More

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Northfield
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37 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Such a nice park and a great glimpse of history. The short film was nice and we went on a ranger tour which was really informative and made the place come alive. The San Jose mission was gorgeous and we loved seeing the little living spaces that were open to the public as well.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
66 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My friends and I visited four missions while I was staying with them: Mission Concepcion, Espada, San Jose and San Juan. Mission Concepcion and San Jose are the best preserved, with Espada being the smallest and most ruined (although the nice lady in the tiny visitor centre told us that the small building with a notice on it saying it... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Great history, well maintained structures, love seeing the missions still in use and being restored. The volunteers are also very informative

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Louisville, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Enjoyed exploring the missions. The architecture is beautiful. They are hidden gems that you must see when in San Antonio.

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Easy route to drive and four or so missions and an aquaduct to visit. Surprised at the age of the buildings.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Fun and interesting. Easy to follow directions to get to all 5 Missions. Enjoyed walking through and learning more about this part of Tx History.

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