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“Missions” 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 #3 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.
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“Missions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

It was wonderful to follow the trail and see these historic sights. We enjoyed learning the history of the area. Well worth the time!

Visited November 2013
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“Highly recommend the ranger-led tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

San Antonio Missions NHP consists of 4 missions a few miles apart and easily seen in a day. The largest and most restored is San Jose Mission, where the Visitors Center is located, offering ranger-led tours. We'd already been to the Alamo and learned about the Spanish history in the area, but the ranger brought it all to life in a way that suddenly made sense of it all. We dutifully explored the other 3 missions, each of which has its own special charm, but none compares to San Jose. Try to avoid going on a Sunday morning, in order not to interrupt Sunday mass. There is a bike trail along the river that connects the missions, and you can rent bikes outside the Visitors Center, as an alternative to driving.

Visited October 2013
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“Beauty in the rough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Wonderful take in for history and just the simple beauty of the places. Note that many of the missions are in desperately poor areas, which is a terrible shame. We never felt threatened or unsafe but it was awfully depressing to see such poverty adjacent to such treasures.

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“Wonderful treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Visiting the missions is a wonderful trip back in time. As we walked thru each mission, you could imagine what life must have been like for the missionaries and the natives. Two cultures colliding to make a new life for each--some good, some bad. There is so much here to stretch your learning of this early time in the U.S. -- cultures, agriculture, architecture, religion. Seems like something for everyone. Go on a beautiful day and just enjoy the walk!

Visited November 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Federal funding at its best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

The SA Missions National Historical Parks beautiful building and grounds provide visitors from across world a factual glimpse of the life and times of Spanish influence on Native Indians and the life of the Missions. State of the art educational kiosks and interactive displays share stories of these historic times, with visuals and storytelling. An amazing bookstore and gift shop. A must stop for all to visit. Note: the grounds around the NHP are the home of San Jose Mission and open daily, even when the federal government is not. :-)

Visited September 2013
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