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“Interesting but nothing Special”
Review of The Alamo

The Alamo
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Ranked #2 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Fee: No
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.
Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Interesting but nothing Special”
Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

If on the area it is something that should be checked out. Free to just enter and walk around. Lots of history but nothing special, only takes a few minutes to tour.

Thank Crystal C
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“Great piece of history, marred by carnival atmosphere”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

The historical value of the Alamo to Texas and the United States is incredible. And of course, when you're in San Antonio, you have to visit the Alamo. For those with even a small interest in history, its a must-see.

But choose the time you visit very carefully. We visited (first time) on a Thursday morning and it was a cross between the Vegas Strip and Six Flags. First, the surrounding area is full of tourist-trap museums and complete junk. But, that's out of anyone's control.

Sadly, the immediate area around the Alamo is like a carnival. Incorrectly, I had assumed most Texans and visitors treat the Alamo with the respect due a battlefield or war shrine. We didn't find that when we visited -- including a company trying to take your picture before you enter the church to sell you later in the gift shop (no irony that you're hustled to get your picture taken within arm's reach of a sign reminding you to show respect to the grounds). I didn't expect everyone to act like monk, but it's not hard to enjoy the history and be respectful at the same time.

Luckily, we visited again on a Friday night when school groups had gone home and although we couldn't get back into the church or the grounds, it was much better. I'd try to go as late in the day as possible before closing.

Overall, the history is great and you have to visit. But I was very surprised by the lack of respect shown by the vast, VAST majority of people there (both children and adults).

Visited May 2014
Thank Dirtdog76
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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“Never Tire of Visiting the Alamo”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

No matter where you are from and where you have been, or how many times you have been to the Alamo. When in downtown San Antonio it is a worthwhile experience to spend at least a half hour or more visiting this exceptional landmark.

Visited April 2014
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Give yourself time to explore”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

I got a lot more out of this than last time I was at the Alamo. Went in the am - cooler - and took time to read exhibits and really look things over. Listen to the short video (15 minutes) as that really helps summarize the history of this historical place.

Visited May 2014
Thank Grandma0352
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Auburn, NH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Very impressive. The Alamo is a huge part of Texas history, and they've done a great job with the displays and information provided here. The inside of the shrine is respectful and tasteful in its presentation of information. We had been told that the Alamo is really small, so we were surprised by how much there is to take in. The only disappointing thing is how commercialized the area across the street is, and how they've even commercialized the Alamo. There are multiple different large stations where you can view and purchase the picture that is taken of you before you enter the Alamo. That's a bit much.

Visited April 2014
Thank wildcatsfan86
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