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“Please fix this Texas”
Review of Alamo Plaza

Alamo Plaza
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San Antonio Ghost Tour
Ranked #17 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
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“Please fix this Texas”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Alamo is truely the cradle of Texas liberty however the site is not managed well.At this time if one accepts the historic record Col Travis headquarters were located in the Ripleys Believe it or not museum.The city really needs to force the tourist traps out and create a historically accurate experience,So many visitors arrive and are disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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“Tourist trap shops”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Tons of tshirt shops, couple of restaurants, trolley tours. Ripleys museum on the square also. Neat shop Del Sol where everything turns different colors in the sun, but is a little more expensive. Visitor's center also located here.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting but busy place”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The plaza outside the alamo was busy with people going every which way when we first arrived. There was a turkish festival and music was playing, people were sitting around, standing, walking, just generally around everywhere.

The thing I love most about San Antonio is the contrast of old and new buildings- how the city keeps developing but doesn't overpower the history. For example, the touristy places including the wax museum across the street actually are in interesting buildings if you look around.

I had the pleasure of strolling around before the alamo opened on a sunday morning- the area was nearly empty. I enjoyed the outdoor setting and the historical buildings.

Definitely walk by atleast!

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne
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“Let your heart and mind explore history”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Alamo was part truth part fiction, that's the perception I had from some casual reading and of course courtesy of the "Duke" in the movie. We were recommended to visit a small history "museum" , it's called the History Shop @ 713E Houston St San Antonio and what a bonus recommendation. This should or MUST be your starting point to the Alamo.
Singer Phil Collins has donated a diorama which shows the original layout of the Alamo, he has recorded history of the events that come to life as each event is discussed. The show only lasts about 15 minutes but it's a great introduction before you actually go onto the site. A small fee is charged but it's worth every dollar
The actual site was both interesting and disappointing as it's only a small part of the original site and maybe a little too commercial, that said it is still worth an hour or two of your time.
If you want to at least experience some of the tragety, stand in the room where the woman & children stayed during the battle, close your eyes and imagine the terror then thank God that they were all spared when you consider that not one male survived the battle it's a remarkable story.
Yes, of course, with out a doubt I did buy an authentic Davy Crockett coon skin hat to bring home to Australia for only $9.99

Visited April 2013
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“Its free!!!!!! Must see and is small won't take up much time”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Best thing to know here is that's its free! Its small and does not take up much time they have a court yard and every now and then they have people dressed up in old cloths and they talk to u. Have a museum of old guns and knives so I would stop will only take am hour or so.

Visited March 2013
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