August 30, 2018

Sights to See: The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas


The Alamo  300 Alamo Plaza, downtown, (210) 225-1391.  Free.

exterior line at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
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
policeman at entrance to The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas


cacti in the garden at 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
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
exterior of Long Barrack Museum at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas


interior of Long Barrack Museum at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
interior of Long Barrack Museum at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas


About the other four missions on the San Antonio Mission Trail. 

More things to do in San Antonio.

More UNESCO sites.

Great ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.

images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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