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Review of The Alamo

The Alamo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were really shocked at the small footprint of the Alamo and surrounding area. It's flanked by tourist shops, Wyndham vacation salespeople and other misc. tourist traps. I was hoping to spend some time exploring the area, but it's not much more than a facade to look at. Wish they had left more of the surrounding area free of vendors and shops. Even the people giving the reenactments don't seem to have much room.

Thank Tearei L
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

A very historical site, the tour takes. 45 minutes if you take your time... Beautiful gardens and again be careful of all the tourist traps.. They will ask you to take your picture where entering the church... They will try to sell it to you when you exit. Unless you are interested, just ask to skip it.

Thank ISAandCHRIS
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

What gets me is all the tourist remarking "Is this it?" What they are expecting is some huge fort...People it was a MIssion..Not a FORT...read your HISTORY!

Thank Terri S
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

My husband had this on his to-do list while in San Antonio, but I must admit, I found it very interesting . Loaded with Texas history, beautiful grounds. Very educational. Free to tour.

Thank Barbara30277
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Alamo is a wonderful place to visit and is only a few blocks from the Riverwalk. The grounds are very well kept and every area has plaques and signs as well as an audio tour that will give you the full history. You can walk through the shrine (the part that everyone recognizes as the Alamo), though you are not allowed to take photos inside, and then peruse the grounds and surrounding buildings. There are lots of wide open areas for kids to run around while taking all the outdoor sites - cannons, statues, flags, landscaping, koi pond, etc. It really is a wonderful area of living history! And did I mention that it is FREE?! You can't beat that!

Thank MelVinCA
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