The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza, downtown, (210) 225-1391. Free.
|exterior line at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, The Alamo was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. In March of 1836, it was the site where 189 Texan heroes, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, bravely battled General Santa Ana’s army of thousands for Texan independence from Mexico. Now a UNESCO site, The Alamo is Texas’ most-visited historic landmark--expect a long line to get in. The wait passes easier if you take turns exploring the lovely Alamo Gardens with a gigantic old oak tree and the site’s original well. In the mission church, docents in 1830s period dress are on hand to answer questions. More areas to visit include the Long Barrack Museum and the Special Exhibition Hall where you’ll see exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History.
|policeman at entrance to The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
|cacti in the garden at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
|very old live oak tree and original well in the garden at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
|exterior of Long Barrack Museum at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
|interior of Long Barrack Museum at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas|
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