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Review of The Alamo

The Alamo
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Ranked #2 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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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 to the site 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. Tours may be booked online in advance through the Alamo's website or purchased on-site.
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Could not wait to tour the Alamo! Just one of those things...It was ok...don't really know if I was expecting much. It was as interesting as any museum...What I found annoying was this crazy line that sprawled down the entryway and around the corner down the sidewalk, turned out to be due to The Alamo staff funneling you through a "photo opportunity" whether you care to participate/purchase or not! Geez. Smh. Just wasting people's time. As a result, you probably spend more time outside in line than it takes you to get through the whole place! Not to mention, hello!, the blazing hot Texas sun BEATING you!!! They should just let you go straight in if you don't want a photo!

Visited July 2013
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Rolla, Missouri, United States
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“The Alamo”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very crowded. Short film on the history was interesting. The displays in the long barracks were far more interesting than the main hall of the Alamo, so make sure you spend the time to explore the grounds and make it into the long barracks. The gardens were very pretty.

Visited July 2013
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Arlington, Texas
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7 reviews
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“A part of history”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

It took us awhile to get in because we decided to go in later in the day. I suggest going to it before 9 am. Unfortunately, the Library was closed and I couldn't really look in the gift shop because of how crowded it was. This is a great part of history that everybody should see.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Must visit but lacking somewhat”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

After all the years about reading about the Alamo I had to visit. I'm glad I did but there are surprisingly few relics from the time. When the line is long you could almost skip the main building and tour the grounds (without waiting in the line) and have about the same experience.

Visited July 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Although it is somewhat disconcerting to see the Alamo in the middle of Downtown San Antonio surrounded by such attractions as Ripley's Believe it or Not and the Wax Museum, it,s still wort a stop for apiece of TX history.

Visited April 2013
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