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“Outstanding National Park ... of a Different Kind” 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.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Outstanding National Park ... of a Different Kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

When most Americans are asked to name their favorite national park, they might mention Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon. Yet not all national parks focus on outstanding natural beauty and the outdoor environment. This first-rate national park is an example of a national park that focuses on culture, history, and important events.

Old Spanish missions dot the southwestern part of the United States, and the examples that are part of this park are in various stages of repair or rebuilding. The four missions in this park are connected by a walking/biking trail (but be careful, because part of the trail may be underwater or under repair). Some of the missions still have congregations and regular masses, while others have only a few walls remaining.

I visited Mission San Jose first because it's the largest restored mission and the facilities include a brief but informative movie and regular tours led by park rangers. This set the stage for visiting the other missions.

If you're a history buff, give yourself at least 4-6 hours to visit all of the missions.

Visited December 2013
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“Best Part of our Visit to San Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The kids really loved these missions. We visited all of them, the visitors center and finished the Junior Ranger program. San Jose and Mission Concepcion were our favorites. Watch the roads, as we found the map a little unreliable as roads were washed out or covered in water. But if you follow the detour sign it gets you back.on track.

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Marietta, Georgia
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“The REAL SAN ANTONIO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This park, which basically circles the most famous mission in all of San Antonio, if not the world - The Alamo - is composed of a number of mission that existed during the Texas Revolution of late 1835-1836. Like the Alamo, they were all built many years before the War and are somewhat similar in design. The real beauty of these less commercialized missions than the Alamo, is that you can get an idea as to what the Alamo must have actually looked like during the Revolution. They are all in more rural areas around the city and especially for Mission San Fernando, you get the idea that this is what the Alamo really looked like during the Siege (the well-recognized "hump" on the façade of the current Alamo did not exist at that time). Take in the quiet and the majesty of these old missions and get a glimpse of what Old San Antonio really looked like - no hotels, parking garages, auditoriums, wax museums or movie houses..

Visited April 2013
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“Gem of San Antonio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you love history these missions are an absolute gem. These missions are beautiful to behold, you can really feel like you're actually there in times past and imagine the open fields which would have surrounded these impressive stone buildings and feel the life they would have contained.

Visited August 2013
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Leesburg, Va
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“A Trip Back in History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The history of the South Texas Indians is more impressive than the battles at the Alamo. There is a great video in the visitors center that tells the story of a proud people enslaved by the Spanish. We are really glad we stopped by for a visit while visiting San Antonio. There is a lot more to see than the Alamo and the River Walk.

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