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“Great For History Buffs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
2202 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78210
210-932-1001
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Ranked #2 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Historic Sites, Missions, National Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking
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Owner description: Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions.
Evergreen, Colorado
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“Great For History Buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I love the Mission District and visit there every time I am in the Hill Country of Texas. These beautiful old buildings are among the oldest in North America and well worth the notice of anyone who loves architecture and history. Some of the churches in the mission district are still operating today.

All four missions are located within half a mile of each other, and you will not have any trouble travelling from one site to the next. We have found that, unlike The Alamo, the four "other" missions are not heavily crowded, nor are they lavishly updated and landscaped. They are very much like they were when first built.

A tour of the missions is a completely different experience than a visit to The Alamo, and they deserve their own time if you want to get the most of your visit to San Antonio. Admission and parking are free of charge, and dogs are allowed on leashes, except in the gift shop, museum and theater.

One word about the climate. South Texas is extremely HOT in the summer. The last time we toured the missions was in late June and the temp was 109 degrees F! Most of the buildings are not air conditioned. If you have a choice, plan your trip in autumn, winter, or fall for the best chance of good weather. Fall and spring are the best, with spring being glorious! If you go in on or around Easter, you are likely to see some wonderful fields of bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers in the countryside surrounding San Antonio. But if really hot weather doesn't bother you, then even a summer tour could be fun. Just take lots of water and wear those ICE BANDANNA neck coolers to keep you and yours safe and comfortable.

Visited June 2012
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Topeka, Kansas
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Touring the 5 missions was 100% better than the Alamo. We drove to all five missions. It is like stepping back in time seeing th eorginal missions, the art week and the natural beauty, We really enjoyed spending the day.

Visited September 2011
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mandeville, la
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“Loved this park!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Very interesting and absolutely beautiful! I liked the film at the information center. I loved that this serene place from history was smack dab in the middle of a huge modern city, but the grounds were so peaceful and serene that I felt transported back in time.

Visited July 2012
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Moron, Argentina
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“A place to understand Texas history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

A very interesting tour to meet with Mexican history of century XIX, and the way the spanish conquerors, as they did in all North, Central and South America, managed to cancel, or destroy or modify prehispanic cultures.

Visited May 2012
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Houston, Tx
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“Enjoyable Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We were not able to visit all of the missions, but the two we visited were enjoyable. I don't recall their names, but the first we visited is the one where the visitor's center is located, and the other was recommended to us by the visitor's center staff as "if you can only see one other one, this is the one you want to visit." In both, we really enjoyed seeing the original frescoes, and we enjoyed learning more about our state's history. This trip was just my husband and myself, but we plan on returning for a more extended tour with our children. This may not be terribly engaging for young children, but children in the 8-12 age group with decent attention spans should enjoy it for a while, and the 12+ group will enjoy it if they like history or architecture (and aren't in the eye-rolling "I can't believe I have to hang out with my parents" phase).

Visited May 2012
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