The Alamo
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Established in 1718 as Mission San Antonio de Valero, for over 300 years the former mission now known as the Alamo has been a crossroads of history. Having existed under six flags of independent nations and served as a garrison for five different armies, the Alamo has a rich history and a heritage to inspire Texans and people around the world. Although the Alamo is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, all 300 years of Alamo history are vital to our story. Visitors can take a guided battlefield tour, rent a self-guided audio tour, walk through the historic Alamo Church and Long Barrack Museum, listen to a history talk given by an Alamo Interpreter, participate in living history demonstrations, watch a documentary on the history of the Alamo, and much more. Admission to the Alamo is free, but there is a charge for guided and audio tours.
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  • Marlon E
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember the Alamo
    We had a nice time walking and touring inside the Alamo. it was historical and informative. I booked online tickets for the Alamo and it was free, the audio guide is recommended (for a fee) to have the historical background explained. This was a good place to spend 2 hours and also visit their gift shop.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Amanda W
    Linn, Missouri1,720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit with lots of history
    So for some reason our family of 4 was convinced the Alamo was bigger in real life so it was sort of surprising to see such a small building. However, the exhibits and grounds are all nicely kept and plenty of history was explained on the info boards. Was just nice to even sit under the big oak tree and relax for a while in the court yard.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • PresidentsTraveler
    116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember to visit the Alamo!
    This place is iconic. The museum collection has great artifacts, and there is a great monument to the men who died here. The gift shop has lots of interesting items. I do feel that this experience could be better by making the guided tour more affordable. It is not difficult for one or two people to buy a $35 dollar ticket for a 30 minute tour, but when you have to pay for 5 people, 175 dollars is a little steep, especially in comparison to other historic sites.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Erik_and_Cheryl
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit When In San Antonio
    We visited here on March 20, 2023. You do have to book tickets in advance, but they are free. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable. They keep the numbers in the Alamo proper in check, but it still was a bit crowded. The grounds were more crowded. This makes taking pictures a bit tricky. It is pretty standard historical fare with placards to read and statues to view. The Alamo has a very interesting story, and you should stop in when San Antonio.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Tanner L
    130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Historical Adventure
    We visited the Alamo at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday. We purchased the audio tour and it was well worth the money (which was very cheap compared to the guided tour). The audio tour was $10 per audio wand while your guided tour was $45 dollars per person if I remember correctly. The audio tour was great and very easy to do if you follow the prompts played via audio wand and the audio tour Alamo map that you receive when you check in at the welcome center. Please be aware that they do take professional photos of you in front of the Alamo. You can purchase these photos by visiting the gift shop after touring (just keep up with that card they give you after the photo). If you ask to see your photo be aware that they print the photo right away for you to see it so you may feel pressured to buy the photo like we did which can be pricey depending on your budget! Overall, we loved our peaceful tour of the alamo. Don’t forget to “purchase” a free timed entry to view the church on their website- you’ll need it to go inside the church!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • James T
    146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Texas Icon
    This building is such an iconic spot and almost synonymous with Texas, you simply must visit it while in San Antonio. It’s easily accessible from the Riverwalk. The exhibits inside are few and far between, but a nearby building houses numerous artifacts. Also, there are many statues and storyboards scattered throughout Alamo Plaza. Visit the gift shop behind the Alamo for some unique items, including several good books with the history of the Alamo. If you’re hungry or thirsty, stop by the Crockett Tavern behind the plaza.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Melaney68
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland11,041 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Lesson
    Our family met our great guide, Andrew in front of the church entrance under the trees. We checked in with Tony (look for someone with a name tag) and were given our head sets to wear around our necks and on one ear. They were easy to use and we had a volume button we could adjust. Andrew walked us around the Alamo property and did his best to keep us in the shade. His presentation was interesting, well paced, and he was passionate about the topic. We walked through the church, out under the trees and then he led us to the Phil Collins collection of artifacts. The collection was well organized and interesting with primary documents, weapons, and a layout of the battle with a recording. I found the huge pair of riding boots to be interesting and appreciated seeing the letter Daniel Boone wrote about Andrew Jackson. The grounds were beautiful, the gift shop was very busy and there were many statues around the property. We stayed in a nearby hotel and were able to take a nice photo of the church without anyone around.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • amyw2012
    Birmingham, Alabama2,127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s the Alamo
    They are under a big renovation, so there is a lot missing. We got one of the walking tour audio guides ($10) for our family of 5, but it was too much to try to relay the info because the stops had lengthy audio. There was a worker by a diagram in the church who gave us some information about the differences in the movie we watched in preparation and what actually happened. The entrance tickets were free, and the gift shop was nice ( also nice to cool down in). It was easy to get good pictures at night, and it felt a little better outside.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • St_Matty
    Houston, Texas5,663 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for History buffs visiting San Antonio.
    Excellent place to visit. I've not here for a few years but I went back because a friend was visiting and wanted to see it. The new building and the exhibits are fantastic, especially the model of the Alamo with a detailed description of what happened there, narrated by Phil Collins. If you go make sure you see the monument outside as well, just to the left when facing the Alamo.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Christy M
    Molena, Georgia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do a guided Alamo tour
    Guided tour is a must The Alamo was our number 1 reason for coming to this wonderful town and you will not appreciate it unless you have a guided tour. Tony was an amazing historian who brought history to life. He pointed out things that we would have missed on our own. Loved every second of the morning tour—even though it was a scorcher. He always remembered to get us in the shade. 5 stars
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
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TABristolUK
Bristol, UK63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited all the other missions first and Alamo last knowing it was in central San Antonio and surrounded by the city but it is still carved out in a little oasis of its own and the buildings around it aren't very tall. The main issue of course is crowds, whilst there is a line, it took us 25 minutes in line to get into the church, once in the church there were too many people to create anything other than a sense of shuffling through a barren interior and back out into daylight. Outside there were fund interpreters running a camp with old skills practiced and in period costume - the concession stands for me ruin the experience unless David Crockett had approved of the obligatory stand outside the Alamo to have your photo taken and then have people asking have you bought your souvenir photo as if it was some patriotic duty to do so. It felt hokey and irreverent to a place that clearly means a lot to Texans and starkly contrasts with Mission San Jose for example. Honestly, I'd rather than paid a little entrance fee to do away with concession stands and get a better overall experience, this monument being far too important to turn into a midway fairground attraction.
Written January 8, 2020
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Tribe1022
New York59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If your in San Antonio, you have to stop by the Alamo. The parking is a little difficult and expensive at $22.00 for 4 hours but you don't have to pay to enter this site so it is worth it. The grounds are also beautiful and the line went fast. I just wish they would take the picture of people at another door and not in front of the building because you can't get a good picture with the line of people and photographer to the right side of the door.
Written March 8, 2020
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clearairturbulance
Dallas, TX135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Having lived in Texas for some 73 years now, I've visited the Alamo any number of times. It's always been a fine experience. Until this time.

Access to the grounds continues to be free, and the grounds are probably with a visit if you are in the neighborhood anyway. The Alamo looks pretty much the same outside as always and make aa fine photographic opportunity.

The interior, due to the current health crisis, is by free timed ticket only. 30 minutes is allowed for your interior visit, and 5 minutes would be plenty. Administration of the ticketing is well managed.

The problem is once you get inside the Alamo proper. everything interesting has been removed to another location, covered with opaque white plastic, or blocked off so it can't be approached. In large part this is due to the consideration efforts underway on the crumbling old structure, but it makes a visit to the interior pretty much a waste of time. I have always been disappointed, and a but surprised, that photos are prohibited inside. We visit Europe frequently and very seldom encounter this attitude with the centuries older and just as venerated structures around there. However, with the current interior conditions, it hardly matters.

And speaking of limiting access, the gift shop where they want to collect your money has no such restrictions. As many paying customers as available may cram themselves inside.

Alamo Plaza, we were told, is being made pedestrian only and the facing junk shops were given two years to vacate. There appears to be a 5 year unitive to "return the Alamo to it's earlier condition". A worthy goal. Wonder if that means they will close the gift shop?
Written October 20, 2020
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kythoro
Lexington, SC812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
You must make reservations to enter the Alamo due to limited groups during covid. Unfortunately, there is a lot of construction inside the Alamo and you could only see about half of the displays which was very disappointing as we drove from Florida to visit San Antonio. The grounds are beautiful with lots of sculptures and information boards. Parking was difficult and blocks from the main area. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Remember the Alamo!!!!!
Written October 23, 2020
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Kevin G
Matawan, NJ158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My wife and I both enjoyed visiting the Alamo. We got there early and signed up for the first Audio Tour that morning ($20 per person). The tour was interesting and gave a really good overview of the Alamo. As expected the guide covered the history but also provided some interesting facts we did not know. You receive headsets for the tour that allows you to hear the guide even if you fall slightly behind; this allows you to linger just a little longer in the areas you enjoy. We gave the guided tour a 4/5. The tour is no substitute for an extended look at the site. We found that there were a lot of interesting artifacts and stories behind them (I typically don't enjoy reading at museums but found this an easy and interesting read). We spent about 5 hours in total and really enjoyed our visit. This is a must do when in San Antonio.
Written June 14, 2020
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Manny-Kaye G
St. Petersburg, Florida400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was a bit of a headache when we got there at 9 am for a timed entry to the church. We booked our reservation online (it’s free), which we highly recommend doing to avoid the long lines. The instructions were to arrive 5 minutes prior to the timed entry, but we could not find a sign where to go and no one was there to guide the visitors. A few of us were waiting close to the entryway of the church, only to be informed at 9:03 am that we should go through a different gate. Aside from this confusion, we enjoyed our visit. We enjoyed the conversations with the actors, who explained the different weapons used during that time. We stayed for the musket firing at 11:30, but we did not do the paid audio or guided tour.
Written April 5, 2022
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MNice
Bloomington, MN5,067 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We arrived to find a bunch of homeless people hanging around the parking lots. How can we say this in a politically correct way; it’s a little seedy around there and we didn’t feel very good at the $20 lot for four hours which is not associated with the venue. It was the middle of the day on spring break so we weren’t too uncomfortable, but the accessibility and beauty of this national treasure is definitely fading. They are working on reconstruction in some areas as the limestone is fading back into the earth.

So, we love this treasure and if you have never seen it you must go. You can whip through in an hour or two or spend the whole day there. We recommend at least half a day to see the movie and read the placards. It’s really a photogenic place as well.

I want to discuss for a minute a few shortcomings. First the entire region of the Alamo was never excavated because it is under a group of commercial buildings across the street. Unbelievably, the Alamo itself was used as a business after Texas’ independence which caused historical losses as well. So why mention this? In addition to being cramped into declining commercial real estate, the street in front was closed today permanently for what we hope will be some sort of renewal.

The Interpretive Center has grown tired and fails to capture the imagination of the tech savvy younger people. Tear down some buildings, excavate the areas never been viewed, change the street plan and improve parking. We love this place and hope they can go Texas big on it.
Written March 16, 2020
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Jubin Edachery
Fremont, CA1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Fantastic and well maintained site to experience and retrospect on Texas history. Don't expect splendor or grandeur (except that of the spirit), but a well-preserved monument to the Alamo war.

To enter the church, you'll need (free) reserved tickets and/or paid audio tour (both bookable online).
However, if you truly wish to experience and know the history, i'd recommend getting the full guided tour (about an hour long, $40 pp, guided by an Alamo historian) - which is where you can really understand the history of the place, the city, Texas, what happened there, inspect the church (no photos inside the church please), and visit the exhibit with detailed explanations and get your questions answered - i highly recommend that to just going there and looking around.

The ground staff is very friendly and accommodative, the tour was amazing, the whole place is very clean (and thankfully, air conditioned). There is a nice gift shop too with a great variety of souvenirs. There are some enactments which are nice. There is shaded areas all around, and plenty of things to do and eat near plaza itself. The roads nearby will be closed so be prepared to walk few mins to get here.
Written May 31, 2021
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Jennifer M.
Austin, TX138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you don't rent the audio gear or pay for a tour, you may have an experience like I did where you don't get the full impact of the rich history of the Alamo as you'd like. We decided not to spend the money and probably only spent about 20 mins walking around the grounds. Though they did have some history available to read in certain areas, it was crowded, and the kiddos were less interested. While we didn't get the full experience I do rate this 4 stars for these reasons: the line was long but they kept it moving, the grounds are very clean, they offered food on the grounds, they take your picture which you can purchase, and all the history they have available to see is really cool. We plan to return, but next time - rent gear or take the tour.
Written January 4, 2020
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Ron L
St. George, UT106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
The Alamo is, of course, the must-see attraction of San Antonio. The self-guided audio tour was an excellent choice because it provides fascinating information at the pace you choose for yourself. This allows you to stop and enjoy the live displays of canons, knives and guns used during the battle at the Alamo. I highly recommend purchasing the audio tour at the great value of $7 per person in advance.
Written March 31, 2021
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