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Review of The Alamo

The Alamo
Ranked #2 of 225 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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 8, 2014

Read upon it before you go otherwise, it will just be a building for you. A group of us went there and one was a historian so he shared his knowledge about the Alamo which really made seeing the building impactful.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

The Alamo is actually one of the 5 San Antonio Missions. It is operated by another organization (not the Federal Parks). Very commercial and not as beautiful as the other missions. A bit disappointing actually.

Thank Debra S
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

It was very busy when we were there. It was a school holiday in Texas that week so every kid in Texas was there. Poor timing on our part. It was very interesting and would had been really nice at a slower time of year.

Thank jane n
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Every time we are in San Antonio, we make it a point to go. You might say but it is the same, but it is The Shrine of Texas Liberty. Just standing on the same ground as those 185 men who perished there fighting for Texas, well if it doesn't make you proud and feel the chillbumps at being there. You ain't a Texan and you need to check for a pulse

Thank JohnOlthoff
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

The title was my wife's comment upon arrival. Actually she started with "Is that it?" It is an understandable reaction given the fabled stories and tremendous history of the location. However, as you work your way around the complex and take in the history and start to understand that you are only experiencing a fraction of what those individuals were trying to defend, it starts to sink in... the Wow factor.
The audio tour is worth doing and it certainly adds to the educational experience. QUICK TIP: If you don't mind being close to the person you are with, you can probably share an audio wand among a couple. We each had our own, but probably didn't need them.
Overall, this remains a must see. If you are going to be in San Antonio, make the time to visit and learn about the full history of the Alamo.

1  Thank WanderingTurtles
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