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Mission Trail

San Antonio, TX (Harlandale)
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Ranked #15 of 202 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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Bertram, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I recommend starting at the farthest one south and working toward the Alamo. Interesting to see how things changed as the land became more populated. There are sometimes tours within the individual missions which we might hang around with and then more on. When you get to the Alamo you will see the map with lights of how the town... More

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Walton, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We followed from (1) end to the other,..great experience..Sometimes hard to follow the signs, so get a map at the first mission you stop at and follow the trail..

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Google kept getting us lost, but we found our way to three of them with the map. They are definitely worth seeing so go the extra mile to find your way to as many as you can handle.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The trails are great and they seem to really be keeping up with their upkeep. You're able to get quite a ways on the same trail which is great. There are also bikes at different points throughout that you can rent. Shade and water fountains are few and far between so be sure to bring a bottle of water and... More

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Huntsville, Texas, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A good GPS helps find the attractions winding through the south side of San Antonio but it's worth it. Texas Revolutionary battle sites, the earliest Spanish missions still standing, an aqueduct system to provide essential irrigation water for crops and beautiful mission churches make the search worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very interesting! We drove by car and I don't see how anyone would be able to bicycle or walk this! Mission San Juan is a must see! Make sure to go inside and visit the Park Rangers! They have activity books for the kids to fill out as you tour!

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Fredericton, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
11 helpful votes 11 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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