The Alamo
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Established in 1718 as Mission San Antonio de Valero, for over 300 years the former mission now known as the Alamo has been a crossroads of history. Having existed under six flags of independent nations and served as a garrison for five different armies, the Alamo has a rich history and a heritage to inspire Texans and people around the world. Although the Alamo is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, all 300 years of Alamo history are vital to our story. Visitors can take a guided battlefield tour, rent a self-guided audio tour, walk through the historic Alamo Church and Long Barrack Museum, listen to a history talk given by an Alamo Interpreter, participate in living history demonstrations, watch a documentary on the history of the Alamo, and much more. Admission to the Alamo is free, but there is a charge for guided and audio tours.
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  • Christy M
    Molena, Georgia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do a guided Alamo tour
    Guided tour is a must The Alamo was our number 1 reason for coming to this wonderful town and you will not appreciate it unless you have a guided tour. Tony was an amazing historian who brought history to life. He pointed out things that we would have missed on our own. Loved every second of the morning tour—even though it was a scorcher. He always remembered to get us in the shade. 5 stars
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Ronald B
    Arlington, Virginia3,606 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember the Alamo
    On my trip to San Antonio, I visited their number one historic landmark. The Alamo. The Alamo, was built by Roman Catholic missionaries in the early 1700’s. It was originally known as Mission San Antonio de la Valero. The last time I was there, I was probably eight years old. I’ve gotten bigger, it stayed the same size. It just appears smaller. I don’t remember much from my first visit, but its history is a part of every Texan. The thickness of the mission walls is really impressive. I enjoyed the self-paced tour of the old mission, its grounds, and the ever-present curio shop.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Ellebee
    Southport, United Kingdom1,178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigger than I expected
    Can’t visit San Antonio and not visit the Alamo so we did. I’ve never watched the film and being from uk I didn’t really know the history but i found this absolutely fascinating and will watch the films when home again. True respect to the brave people who fought. This place is bigger than I expected and there are obviously lots of photo opps and things to buy. Must see in San Antonio.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • JBHeisman
    Colorado Springs, Colorado68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember the Alamo!
    Not much has to be written about the Alamo. The history and importance speaks for itself. Do note that even though basic entry is free that you do need to reserve a date/entry time to go into the church portion. The exhibits are great and informative, the outside plaza is undergoing a overhaul and looks to be great for the future! There are the additional fee based exhibits you can check out, but we didn't partake in those.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Nicole A
    Staten Island, New York167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Mission and Church
    It was a beautiful experience to be at this special place. I'm happy that we were able to visit the Alamo. It is definitely much more commercialized than the other Missions in San Antonio. We didn't pay for the museum, but it is free to enter the church. The area has been beautifully restored. Check out the model, though, to get an true idea of how this area looked when it was San Antonio Mission. Definitely worth checking out while in San Antonio. If you want to experience how life in a Spanish Mission used to be, I highly recommend seeing the National Park Missions along the Riverwalk Trail.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Bhaskar_10
    New Delhi, India3,131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Piece of American history
    Visited this place on 7th July 2023 This place is a piece of Amarican history and is very well preserved. The information boards, lighting and designation of the architecture of the time is worth mentioning. The place is a very popular attraction for locals and tourists. No entry fee is charged and visit during evening in recommended. The fire at Alamo is a great story which makes all Americans associated with the event. Must visit while in San Antonio
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Ken C
    Paris, Texas19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off my Living list.
    Was on my living list, now it is off. I Loved it! We booked a tour at 10 am. It was hot but the Tour guide moved us along to the shade as much as could be done. Just to stand where a piece of history was, is emotional feeling for me. So much to see, take your time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida936 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Alamo
    What an amazing history, and a beautiful mission. We very much enjoyed the Alamo. There is much more to it than I thought. You can tour the long Barrack and there is a garden with beautiful bronze statue of some of the people that were at the Alamo. There is also a new exhibit of artifacts but you have to pay $14 and we did not have time to see it. The gift shop is also beautiful, it was built in the 1930's and looks like it has been there as long as the Alamo.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • ron S
    Alamosa, Colorado931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American Texas and Mexican history a must see
    Several ways to see the Alamo. First do it as a free entrance and read the various signs. Second takea full guided tour or Three get a self paced tour with audio stops. In all cases you need to set up a timed entry. We opted to do the self paced tour and purchased the add on special museum exhibit featuring the Phil Collins collection of Alamo Guns, Art. Letter and so much more. Only about 10 percent of the original grounds still exist. However they are working to expand this. Buildings were purchased across the street and will be remodeled in to a new Welcome Center and more. A couple years away but it should enhance the experience. This is American history don't miss it
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Patt4411
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided Tour SO worth it!
    So glad we booked the Remember the Alamo Guided tour. Renea was awesome. I got such an excellent understanding of the history, both leading to the battle of the Alamo as well as the aftermath. She handled a group of 12 people so well, and the small ear-piece microphones were the best I have seen, and we’ve done a ton of walking tours. Afterwards we spent another hour or so re-looking, and experiencing the exhibit Phil Collins collection and diorama- what a gift, dont miss it. The line to see the new frescoes in the church was about 20 minutes and we were tired st that point so didnt wait, but did take time to buy at their wonderful gift shop!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
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Dennis B
Duluth, GA671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The Alamo is a very well kept structure. It is free to enter and the line moves fairly well. This building is simply the original mission church. It does not represent the original entire Alamo complex. The church has some simple exhibits, mostly representing and listing the heroes of the fight. It is interesting to identify the number of volunteers present from specific states and foreign countries. By itself this building is just okay. For us, the big benefit was paying the fee to tour the museum behind the Alamo. It contains two floors of impressive Alamo artifacts. Many were donated from the Phil Collins ( famous drummer/singer) collection. There is also a tabletop architectural rendering of the entire Alamo complex and a narration delivered by Phil Collins that walks you through the complex and the final battle to overtake the Alamo. For history buffs this is very worthy.
Written 8 July 2024
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania478 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
This is kind of a required visit, but I was left disappointed by the amount of construction and by the limited amount I got out of paying for the guided tour

About 75% of our guided tour was conducted out by the Cenotaph, which if you look at a map, is nearby, but not inside the grounds where you would expect a tour to go. We spent < 5 minutes inside the chapel, did not walk up to the 18 lb cannon or into the old mission (which was roped off by construction crews) or the long barracks... it was basically a long narration of the Alamo events out where you can only see the outside of the long barracks, followed by a quick pass through the chapel to the museum, where they let you go. And I watched a history channel documentary on the Alamo that night, which was so much more clear than what I got onsite. So I would give a 1/5 on the guided tour.

But I understand why that's what the guided tour shows - it's just too small an area with too many people to spend time in the grounds themselves. There's a museum dedicated to Phil Collins which is OK (I jest; a lot of the stuff was donated by Collins, but the focus on him is a distraction).

I understand that they believe it will be a much better experience in 5 years when construction is complete. I am skeptical - the footprint of the Alamo is just underwhelming, as are the actual events that took place there.
Written 6 July 2024
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William H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Incredible history tour. We loved all the incredible artifacts including many from Phil Collins. When I thought of the Alamo I never realized how large it was and what went into its history. My teenagers learned a great amount of history here. The location is great right near hotels and riverwalk.
Written 4 July 2024
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Brooke W
Omaha, NE35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A free experience to walk around and is helpful if you pull up the history before going to understand the landmarks and the story. There is an option to pay for the voice guided tour to explain the story which is helpful but does take significantly more time than just reading the markers
Written 28 June 2024
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pearlfrancis
Santa Barbara, CA156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
An important historical site that's definitely worth checking out. I would recommend going with the audio self-guided tour rather than the $45 tour with a guide. The extra cost is not worth it, and you can browse at your own pace with the audio tour.
Keep in mind it's HOT here in the summer. Bring water with you since the water for sale on-site is expensive!
Written 25 June 2024
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sarahG3334AO
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
Wonderful experience seeing this historic place. Such moving history. Friendly staff as well. I am glad I made it in-between my conference classes to see the Alamo. Make sure you have at least two hours to tour.
Written 24 June 2024
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journeys875841
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great historical area to visit. There was lots of neat facts about the history of San Antonio and how it came to be. I like that there's so much to offer on the area as well
Written 23 June 2024
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TexasGirls2022
Tucson, AZ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Alamo had lots of history and was well worth the visit. My dad had suggested that we come see the Alamo and it was a great suggestion. Lots to see and learn. San Antonio was definitely a great city to visit.
Written 21 June 2024
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Alamo and the area around it seems to be in transition, with lots of construction happening. I think the result will be to have a large pedestrian plaza and a restoration of more of what the original mission looked like (since what we usually describe as the Alamo is really only the mission church) There is also a new museum behind the Alamo. With the large crowds and the construction comes some confusion. You need a ticket to get into the Alamo church, but you do not need to pay. As you walk up to the little trailer that serves as ticket office, you have a number of options. You can join a tour, hire a private guide and pay for admission to the museum. But if you want to tour independently, you don't have to pay for any of these. Just ask for a ticket to enter the Alamo, it's completely free. After you have the free ticket, you line up on the right side of the church and depending how busy it is, you can enter the church after a short wait. The Alamo is actually really small, and I am sure there is a limit of how many people are allowed inside at a time. You can walk around in the church, and watch a short video on the reconstruction of the church in a side room. When we visited, there was about a 15 minute wait for this, again because the room is really small. After exiting the church, we realized that we could also see all of the outside area, history panels and statues for free. You can also go inside the barracks, where you can see a longer movie that explains all of the history. This is administered by National Park rangers, and is also free. We enjoyed our visit, and I think having a pedestrian area around this landmark is a good idea. Just don't feel pressured to spent money if you don't want to.
Written 19 June 2024
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Reese D
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Great place to learn about the history of Texas and the individuals who fought to settle the land. Take time to visit the great restaurants in the area.
Written 13 June 2024
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