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“Battlefield Tour of the Alamo”
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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 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.
Cedar Park, Texas
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“Battlefield Tour of the Alamo”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Booked the 1 hour Battlefield Tour for my family over the Thanksgiving weekend. Went on a Sunday. I booked online. If you book this tour online, be sure to take your printed out confirmation page or be able to bring up your confirmation email on your smart phone, they won't let you on the tour without it. The tour is 1 hour, the guide gives you a laminated folder with some maps/layouts of the Alamo. The tour basically walks you around the Alamo with a guide who explains the battle, what happened, how the Alamo was overcome, who survived, how the Alamo was preserved, etc. A really fabulous tour, my 8 yo daughter was able go enjoy it as well as my 13 yo son. Be prepared, LOTS of walking. You'll walk around almost the entire perimeter of the Alamo. This involves crossing the street that runs in front of Alamo Plaza and crossing back over to return to the Alamo. There are 2-3 parts of the tour where you are able to sit down while the guide continues to speak but for the most part, it's walk walk stand stand. After the tour, you can grab your audio wand (included with the $15 tour price) and walk around the Alamo at your leisure, see the free movie in the long barracks, get your picture taken (it's done right before you walk inside the Alamo by a professional photographer.......skip it if you want to). Our guide was of course, very knowledgeable about the Alamo but then, I expected nothing less. I would take this tour again.......the $15 seemed pretty reasonable to me. Remember the Alamo!

Visited November 2013
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St. John's, Canada
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“Good historical value”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Lots of information on the relevance and importance of this site to US and Texan history. Guides are very knowledgable and helpful. Guided tours and audio tours are available. We opted to wander around and asked questions of various guides located throughout the site. Very satisfying 2 hour + visit.

Visited December 2013
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Elkhorn
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“Worth the price of admission”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

A little disappointing. Only one building is original. The picture advertising this site is a relatively new building that houses the souvenir shop. You basically just walk around reading informational signs. There is a 15 minute video made by the History Channel shown on a smaller tv. Interesting, but if you go to San Antonio just to see the Alamo, you may be disappointed. Plus, never did get to see the basement!! :)

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

The Alamo is a very important piece of history for Texas and Mexico, as well as the US. The historical displays outlining the history of The Alamo are very professionally done. The grounds are impeccably maintained. A must-see if you are visiting the area. Allow 1-2 hours.

Visited November 2013
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Joshua, Texas
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“Sparse, but full of history”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

I found the Alamo mission museum to be full of information on how Texas won San Antonio from Mexico. This is no fault of the institution, but it was a little bare of artifacts . Felt that some of the rooms could be filled with replicas of the time. This would make the old Mission come to life a bit more. But I guess these things are limited by funds and committees . Worth the trip nevertheless . Be sure to go to the IMAX theatre to see the Alamo movie explaining how the mission was won over.

Visited December 2013
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