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Mission Trail

San Antonio, TX (Harlandale)
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Ranked #12 of 200 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River passing four other historical missions.
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Fredericton, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Quite a long go on foot, but would be quite nice by bike. The trail is clean and mission was interesting. We did have a baby with us and it was quite hot. The city bus ride back was only $1.20/each ... very reasonable compared to tour companies. There is not much along the trail for restrooms or refreshments so... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family and I only made it to 3/5 of the missions on this trail before the rain and the day ran out but they were so tranquil and serene. We saw the Alamo, Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose that day and even my 2 year old seemed to enjoy the walk around! (Maybe he knew God was watching... More

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Alvin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Of you're into history then this is a must. It's not a loop so I would suggest starting at the most southern mission and work your way north to finish at the Alamo. You can drive the trail but if the weather is good there are plenty of bikes you can rent and it's a nice ride along the river... More

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Denton, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The rangers are very knowledgeable about each mission. The mission trail is out of San Antonio, so you have to carefully follow the signs to find each mission. This keeps the crowds down, even in peak tourist season. There's plenty of space for kids to run outside, and there's picnic,bicycle and pet areas at each mission. Each mission is a... More

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

You can walk the trail connecting all the Missions, but it's a long go. Rent a bike at the National Park HQ and ride the trail instead. You'll follow the river and see the sites.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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178 reviews 178 reviews
56 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a great drive and tour that is easy to do yourself if you have a car..and it is free. Just start at the top..the closest one to the city and work your way down south along the Mission Trail. Maps an be printed from the webiste or picked up at visitor centers. The first one , technically, is... More

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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The trail takes you to the early missions along the San Antonio River. The trip can be done by car in half a day and is very close to San Antonio, Definitely recommend for the history or architecture traveler.

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Toronto, Canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
107 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you enjoy history you will love the trail which takes you to all the missions. You can get this done within 2 hrs to 5 hrs depending on how much do get involved.

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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Informative pamphlets let you learn as much or little as you want to. Restrooms at most every site and a nice gift shop at the headquarters. Short movie to watch if you want to learn more. All the missions are within a few miles of each other - very doable in about 3 to 4 hours...some have very nice grounds... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very nicely organized visit to 4 lovey historical missions in the San Antonio neighborhood. The missions are somewhat well preserved. The park rangers are very helpful And knowledgeable about each mission. Mission Conception is the best preserved and loveliest of them all. Very well organised self guided as well with volunteer guides.

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