Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a ... More
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Texans take the Alamo very seriously. Narrated tours are available.
When you visit San Antonio, never park in unattended parking lots on level ground, where you pay the metal box. If there is not an attendant on site, and if you don't get a receipt, your car will most likely be booted or towed. The average response time for the private enforcement company to remove the boot, is 20-45 minutes. Also, you will be forced to pay over $100 to have the company remove the boot, even if you have paid the full parking price in advance as posted.
Hard to believe the barrage of noise and distractions at the Alamo Grounds. We took a walking tour with San Antonio Walks who gave an expert rendition for the events and context of the battle. Far better than what we received at the Alamo. Sadly, during our tour with them and later visitation of the compound, we were (speaking of an assault) assaulted by the shenanigans the city of San Antonio permits to go on there. Even walking by the next day, there was more overdone theatrics going on and music far too loud than necessary being played. Thank goodness we didn't stay at a hotel near Alamo Plaza! They should let this tour company and any others who want to digest the Alamo's significance to do so and get rid of all the other stuff which detracts from one's ability to do so!
I really enjoyed my trip to San Antonio. We stayed a total of 3 days and feel like we did not stay long enough to be able to enjoy all of activities. The first place we went to was Seaworld and my kids had a Blast! Although when we arrived at Seaworld at 11:00 a.m. we decided to go to the waterpark because it was so hot we ended up missing all of the shows. We all still enjoyed ourselves!
I am glad that we went to the Alamo so that my daughter can say she saw it when she studies it in school. However, I find the Alamo to be a big disappointment. I think they could do so much more with this piece of history. Thank God it is free.
We did do the Ghost Walk on the Alamo grounds. It was a cheesy 90 minutes of bad jokes. My husband was in a wheelchair and the brochure says it is wheelchair friendly. His wheelchair is electric. He could not keep up nor could he hear the speaker. It was a great disappointment.
Landscaping was beautiful. Lots of history. Just dont park in the big lot just east of the Alamo. All signs read $6 for less than an hour. Wouldnt let us out for less than $10! Bait n switch! Said there was a sign at the entrance that said $10. There was one, but it didnt say for what. Wasnt by the price list. They said it was a special day. It was Thursday. Never had any complaints before. Yeah right. Just outside the mall. Dont park there unless you want to pay more than the posted prices. The Alamo was beautiful, tho. Good souveniers. This parking lot was our only bad experience in San Antonio! All else was Great!
Listen! Just as a few others have said. If you want entertainment goto sea world or six flags. I am proud to be a TEXAN and have appreciation for what went on at the Alamo and the brave that fought for it! TEXAN raised and TEXAN proud!!
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