The Alamo

The Alamo, San Antonio

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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
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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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Manny-Kaye G
St. Petersburg, Florida364 contributions
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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ttiottn1
Ohio304 contributions
We prepaid for the self-guided audio tour at the Alamo which is totally worth it. We went on a Monday at 9:30am and with a 90% chance of rain that day, the place was not crowded at all. Because of the lack of people there was no monitoring of how long you could spend in the church so we got to enjoy it for as long as we wanted. Same with the exhibit hall. We were able to duck into buildings when it did rain. We spent about 2-3 hours there and learned lots especially from the audio tour. A must see when in San Antonio. Tip: Park at the city owned Houston Street parking garage for a max charge of $10 for the day; it felt safe and was near the river walk.
Written May 5, 2022
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Isaiah P
Kentucky203 contributions
OK, this place is mostly free and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. However, certain parts require reservations or paid entry. We arrived in the afternoon around 2:00 and I forgot to book free tickets online for the Alamo church. Don't worry, you can get tickets at the counter in front of the Alamo. However, they are given out on a first come first serve basis. I was only able to get 2 tickets, which were the last 2 for that day at 5:00. There were 7 in my party. We decided to just allow 2 people to go, since we had to pay $100 to park the RV we were driving it wasn't worth coming back another day. The free entry into the church was extremely overrated and I am super happy we didn't waste another day or parking fee to return. The rest of the grounds were super interesting, as you can walk at your own pace for free. The charge here, and I would recommend it, is the $9/person audio guide of the grounds. It should also be mentioned that you must buy this guide to enter into the artifact building which is located at the end of the suggested tour and has wonderful air conditioning. They also provide a short movie about the history of the Alamo, which is very informative and interesting, in the back of the grounds near the restrooms. Overall we spent about2 1/2 hours or so on the grounds and in the gift shop. Be prepared to overspend in the gift shop as everything is super high. Try to focus more on the Alamo specific items and not the other stuff that can be purchased anywhere else. If you can enter the Alamo grounds but can't get tickets into the church you won't miss much. It is an overall empty building with plaques naming those people who fought and died, but this is also in the last building with the artifacts as well.
Written July 25, 2021
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Mandy M
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Family
We didn’t want to mess with parking, so we bought an all day pass for the local bus system, Via. The all day pass for the city bus was $2.75 each, and was really convenient. Masks are required on the bus still, but nowhere else that we went.

Somehow I didn’t know that a timed entry ticket is required for the Alamo, even though it’s free to get in. All the guided tours were sold out since I didn’t schedule ahead, so if you want a guided tour, be sure to book ahead if you want a guided tour.
Written March 16, 2022
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wetravelalot007
Rossville, IN1,161 contributions
WE give this place five stars for its historical significance not because of its appeal once you enter it. It is one of those must do things when in San Antonio. Our advice would be to not spend the money on the audio tour but to just cue in the free entry line and wait for your turn. There are a few options to entry of this historic site. A $10 history tour scheduled every hour and a half. A $7 audio phone self guided tour that you either schedule a time or wait in the cue line to enter. You can schedule a time to enter for free or wait in line for the free cue. We opted for the last option and are glad we did. The history tour would have been fun but we did not wish to wait for an hour and a half to enter the Alamo.

The iconic outside of this fort/church is the best part of the visit. Get your pictures there because they are not allowed inside the Alamo. Inside you see bare stone walls that are decaying from years of huidity and age, They are working on preservation projects but it was less impressive. However knowing you are walking where men died for a caused they believed worthy was sobering.

The courtyard you walk out into was nicely done. The beautiful grounds are well kept. They even have large coy swimming in the irrigation aqueduct. There are also several well done sculptures referencing the major players in the battle at the Alamo.

WE highly recommend a stop here but fight the urge to spend any of the money spending options for your entry into this attraction would be our advice.
Written February 27, 2021
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Jubin Edachery
Fremont, CA1,282 contributions
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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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,564 contributions
the ruins themselves are a little beat up, but you’d be too with that kind of mileage. We arrived early on a very chilly morning. Non-existent crowd (duh) so we were able to work our way slowly through the indoor section where there was actually heat. Admission is free but you do need to get a ticket for a particular time slot. Spring for the audio guide, as it helps fill in some spots. The history one typically learns about the Alamo is more a Cliff notes version....there’s much more to the back story. Takes about an hour and will probably bore your kids to tears you have been warned. Recommended.
Written March 17, 2022
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Josue C
New Haven, CT404 contributions
This was my visit to The Alamo, and it was very enjoyable. The area in front of the iconic church, is great for taking pictures. The church is full of relics, of the time, flags representing the men that fought in the battle, and plaques telling the story of the battle. The grounds behind the church are beautiful, lots of gardens and trees that provide much needed shade from the Texas sun. There is a small stream that cuts through the facility, that is full of fish. Next to the church is the long barracks, where you can learn about the living conditions of the men and women that walked through The Alamo in it's history. It's good to check online to see if there are special dates and festivals that take place in the courtyard. I recommend going during Texas Independence, there are lot special showings that involve the community Also according to our tour guide the facility will be expanding, the plan is to get facility close to it's original size, so there will be a lot of construction.
Overall, The Alamo is an amazing place to see, touch, and hear history, a true icon of Texas.
Written March 19, 2022
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Ron L
Pleasant Grove, UT97 contributions
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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Christi H
Lake Ridge, VA40 contributions
Couples
The Alamo is free. You do not need tickets to get on the grounds, but you do need to go on the Alamo website before arriving and reserve a free time slot to get into the church (if you are interested in viewing that).
There is a movie in the outer wall of the Alamo (to the left of the church after going in the gate). It is about 17 mins long that is worth watching.

There are some large carp in the stream on the grounds (if you happen to bring some bread/food it may be fun to feed them).

Across from the Alamo there is a decent taco resteraunt.

Have fun!
Written June 25, 2022
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