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.
Recently went for the first time. Thought I'd only be there at max an hour, but there's just so much to see you could spend hours there. It was really fasinating reading up on the history. Really enjoyed going into the sanctuary (the actual Alamo). The whole things also free, which is so surprising. Everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
About 11 years ago I lived in San Antonio for a spell. I passed the Alamo everyday to and fro work. Finally, on a day off, a friend and I decided to go in.
Words can not express my utter disappointment. It was completely empty save for a few flags! There was a little museum attached but the Alamo itself was barren. If I would have paid to go in, I would have been ubber p.o.'d.
The best part of the Alamo is the outside and the inner little courtyard area where this massive tree reigns supreme.
Last trip to San Antonio, as we were doing the downtown strip - Ripley's Believe It or Not, Palace of Wax, etc., we dropped in for the last 20 mins or so throught the courtyard so we didn't actually go into the Alamo itself. My son has expressed interest in going back for the entire "experience" of the Alamo so when we do the Mission Trails I guess we will see if it has improved.
I really enjoyed this place. I enjoy history and now plan on watching the movie The alamo to see what happened there. I would definitely go back there again. It is best to go early in the AM as i am sure it must be hot in the afternoon. also go when there are not alot of school groups going through it. also small children would not like it inside as they encourage everyone to be quiet inside.
It is totally free and hallowed ground...how mych more can you ask for! It is, maybe surprisingly, right in the middle of dwntown. It is quite something to see an entire town built around a sacred place!
This was like any other Spanish Mission but more crowded and with Davey Crockett's rifle. It's so crowded, commercialized and under the shadows of big buildings that it takes away from the meaning. Good luck finding parking in this area.
We've all seen the movies and we've all heard the legends. Everyone at some point in their lives has heard the heroic tale of the battle of the Alamo in one form or another. I'm a native Texan and from grade school up we were taught about The Alamo. But to see it was quite a bit different. To know that so many brave men died on that spot defending something that didn't really even exisist yet. To know that their sacrifice helped shape one of the greatest states in the nation. It was an excelent experience. I've been there twice so far in my life and I expect I'll go several more in the coming years of my life. The over all environment of San Antonio itself is just beautiful. I would recomend this spot to anyone thats into Texas history, or anyone that's just looking for a good time.
We really enjoyed what we were able to see. We went with another family and together we had two - five year olds, a two year old, and a one year old, as you might imagine that equals not being able to see much of anything. From what I did see I was very touched and moved. It's not everyday that one gets to stand in a place that had such an impact in the past. I will go back after my children are bigger, that is definitely an experience that I want them to remember.
If you do have small children, the childrens museum is about two blocks away - walking distance. It is awesome! :)
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