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“A must see in San Antonio” 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 201 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Missions, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, National Parks, Trails, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Walking
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Owner description: Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions.
Dallas, Texas
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“A must see in San Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

While the Alamo is the most famous, and has the right to be, Mission San Jose, the Mission National Historic Park is a must see. Entrance is free. The Mission church is still a functioning Catholic community. The mission has been restored as have the Indian quarters. At this time (2013) restoration is still in process and I have on two occasions had great conversations with the stone masons working on the property. The mission church is gorgeous. Be sure to notice the antique graffiti carved around the front entrance. No one necessarily points this out but it's quite interesting. This was done in the early 1800's when the church was mostly in ruins before the facility was restored. As you face the front door, look to the left of the stone facade and find the excellent horse's head an old graffiti artist carved. While all of this is sad to see happened, it is a very interesting touch of history. Graffiti is not new.

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Harker Heights, Texas, United States
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“Fun Interesting and Educational all at once.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I toured all the Missions in San Antonio and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The tour guides were interesting and knowledgable of all Missions. The remodeled church is something you must see. All restoration is replicated to it's original structure.

Visited April 2012
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“The Alamo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

My husband and I visited the Alamo for the first time in 2012. I was excited but in another way disappointed at the same time. I expected the Alamo to be larger than the actual site. It was historical though. I had seen movies in the past about the Alamo, guess that's why I thought the Alamo was bigger that the actual Alamo!!Still a good trip visiting the Alamo where Texas won their independence from Mexico in 1859! The Alamo was free to enter only required a donation.At the front door of the Alamo a lady was standing at the entrance taking pictures of each couple , etc. . At the end of the tour if you wanted to , the pictures were on sale at the Alamo gift shop.

Visited September 2012
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Bancroft, SD
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“Texas History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had a wonderful tour guide. She brought history to life as she was a great story-teller. She had a great pace and made it interesting for all.

Visited January 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Excellent exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The historical park encompasses all of the San Antonio mission except for the Alamo. It is headquartered at Mission San Jose which is the most well preserved of all the missions. Definitely spend some time in the headquarters building and watch the movie. It gives a good overview and feel for the era.

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