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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 #2 of 201 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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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The history of San Antonio cannot be told completely without visiting Missions National Historical Park. Start your visit at Mission San Jose, spending enough time to go through the visitor's center then touring the mission grounds. Although all five missions (this number includes the Alamo) were built by Spanish missionaries, each mission is completely different in style and size. The... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Missions San Juan Capistrano and San Jose are both beautiful. If you have time for only one, then visit San Jose. Mission San Jose has the best visitor center and includes a short historical movie. Also the grounds and buildings are more complete. Conception Mission is also beautiful, but I have not been there in recent years.

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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224 reviews 224 reviews
62 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stopped here on a very hot August afternoon. There is a lot of information at the visitors center. We walked through the mission village and went inside the church. It was nice and cool inside and very beautifu. Very calm and relaxing. It was great to read about the history of the Missions.

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Newark, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The National Park Service missions were more informational than the Alamo. Mission San Jose was very beautiful and serene unlike the Alamo. The Park Rangers were very informative and willing to answer questions.

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Ocala, Florida
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274 reviews 274 reviews
129 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our car rental timing gave us a full afternoon to wander out of the city so we decided to check out the four missions which are outside the Riverwalk area. And after the Riverwalk/Alamo, this is the next best thing to do in San Antonio! Good choice! These are easy to visit and appreciate. Also, can be fun. And they... More

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Aiken, SC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We only visited one and part of another as we got there late-road construction help us up. There are 4 over a 5 mile area, which may be why there is no admission to this National Park.The visitor center is terrific and very informative. Roadways connect each site in this mostly urban park. The Mission Riverwalk has a driving route... More

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Katy, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We only visited the first three missions, but they were beautiful. Seemed to be well maintained and easy to access. I loved that you can call a local number and get a tour by phone, that way you can go at your own pace and still get knowledge.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great exhibits, worth a half day to explore the missions. All seem to be in iffy parts of town, but there were no issues as long as you are aware of you surroundings. Makes you appreciate what people had to do to settle the west.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Before visiting the interesting but cliche Alamo, start her and you´ll have an understanding of the area as a whole and the history behind the history of the Alamo and the city. The visitor´s center at San Jose mission is the place to start.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Filled in a day visiting the missions. Was lucky enough to get in one of the tours at San Jose. Kids loved all the history facts.

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