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“Well-maintained Historic Mission”
Review of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose
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Ranked #3 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.
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“Well-maintained Historic Mission”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Good video in the visitor center--Rangers and docents were very helpful. Nice gift shop and small museum

Visited December 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“South Texas History Lesson”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

San Antonio is working on rejuvenating the trails that connect the five Spanish missions from the 18th century. It is a long time coming and will be timeless once developed. The San Jose Mission is already tourist-friendly with the historic landmark well-preserved, more than adequate facilities, and a historic center to bring this treasure into the 21st century "light". We thoroughly enjoyed our "stay-cation".

Visited November 2012
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corpus christi,texas
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“An integral part of San Antonio's rich cultural history”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

I was completely blown away by the size of this Mission compared to the Alamo! A visit to Mission San Jose allows you to visualize how the people went about their daily lives over 200 years ago. Inside the Mission you will find a model with narration that explains how the Mission was used. If you are pressed for time, I recommend visiting the San Jose Mission first. You will not be disappointed! (FYI the visitor's center is located next door. They have restrooms, maps showing the location of the other Missions. They also have bicycle rentals.

Visited December 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
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“Well restored and has helpful docents”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

Main tip: Take the #42 city bus from down town and find a volunteer docent to be your tour guide!

Rather than paying $15 to be stuck on the tourist buses that go to the missions, my wife and I opted to take the #42 city bus from the River walk at St. Mary's St. to Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion, and we were very happy we did so.

At Mission San Jose we happened upon a friendly volunteer docent who actually attends mass at the still-functioning church within the mission walls. I highly recommend adopting that approach if you can!

For $4 you can get an all day pass, and the #42 goes down St. Mary's (a main road through down town) to the two "best" missions in about 15 minutes. The 42 runs every 30 min or so, and 30 min happens to be the perfect amount of time to see Mission Concepcion. Allow at least a full hour for Mission San Jose.

Visited December 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Mission San Jose”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

very intesesting and historic. well worth the price of admission...which was ZERO... Make sure to see the movie in the visitors center...it was very well done...

Visited December 2012
Thank Cary M
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