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The Alamo

Historic Site and Monument / Landmark
Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
  • Andres E.
    "Great historical tour"(19 Tips)
    Sandy G.
    "A truly must see monument."(2 Tips)
    Rhonda D.
    "Loved the museum of artifacts and information."(3 Tips)
    Lilith E.
    "... fun, informative, and calming, but no pictures please! ;)"(2 Tips)
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  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonOctober 13, 2013
    Turn off your cell phone and read the big info cards to learn about this battle and the historic site's past. Walk the grounds for more info and look in the aqueduct for giant fish!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagFebruary 25, 2015
    Here, Mexico fought for its independence and perhaps most famously, a small group of Texans held out for 13 days in a 1836 battle in their fight for freedom. Just don't ask to see the basement. Read more
  • Tamara J.
    Tamara JackMay 1, 2016
    Another wonderful site downtown. It's fun to just get a shake from Hagen Daz then find a shady spot to watch all the tourists taking pictures. Makes me remember what a special place it really is...
  • Super D.
    Super DadMarch 16
    Save time & enter through the side of the Alamo - saves an hour wait! (Entrance to the left of the church/sanctuary)
    Upvoted Mar 19
  • Candice
    CandiceJuly 13, 2015
    There used to be a lot more reverence for what this place actually was. Now they take pictures at the entrance like you're at a theme park and it's nosy. The new exhibits and the grounds are great.
  • John H.
    John HankusJanuary 9, 2015
    Closes at 530 so get there earlier than that. Parking is very limited with high volumes of both vehicle and foot traffic. Visit the other 4 missions in San Antonio for a real historical tour.
  • Nohariz Iris G.
    Nohariz Iris GonzalezDecember 18, 2011
    If you are in San Antonio, you should definitely wake up early to get some history in! There is so much to benefit in learning about our Nations cities, and the effort it took to become independent.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MitchellMarch 16, 2015
    All of the historic preservation is amazing. You cannot take pictures inside...but, enjoy the experience without sharing. It's one of those you have to be there type of things. Loved it.
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioMarch 10, 2011
    This year we are commemorating the 180th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, a defining moment in our nation's history. The Alamo Mission is a fantastic place to experience authentic history. Read more
    sugardaddie.comOctober 8, 2013
    Okay, leave preconceived notions at home about the Alamo as it undoubtedly will not be like you saw in a John Wayne movie, But, try looking at the small exhibits and diagrams and let your mind reenact
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioDecember 17, 2015
    More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo." For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Read more
  • Rhonda D.
    Rhonda DurstMarch 11, 2015
    Visit the gift shop. It is a beautiful building as well. Loved the museum of artifacts and information.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CappsMarch 14, 2013
    Show respect to those who died here when you come. It is a place we should all see as a place of inspiration! It defines us Texans and all we stand for! Remember!
  • kathryn l.
    kathryn lyonsMarch 16, 2015
    Great tour. It is best to see the IMAX short story before you tour the Alamo. Take pictures with the wonderful rangers surrounding the Alamo .
  • Piatti Ristorante & Bar
    Piatti Ristorante & BarSeptember 20, 2014
    We love our city, and the Alamo is such a central part of who we are. No trip to SA is complete without a visit to this iconic location. -Piatti at the Quarry and Eilan
  • Tiffany G.
    Tiffany GoldenJuly 29, 2011
    I come here everytime I'm in San Antonio. I may not go inside, but I go and pay my respects to the brave men who gave their life here. There's always a USAF BMT grad around you can thank too!
  • Bill B.
    Bill BrendelAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    In addition to seeing the Alamo, there are numerous other attractions on the Plaza! just relax in the shade, enjoy a sno cone and people watch! Count how many photos get taken in front of the Alamo
  • Mark B.
    Mark BOctober 30, 2016
    Must see. Lots of good historical information and artifacts. There is no charge to enter. Currently under some renovations so some of the items in the shrine have been moved out for the duration.
  • David K.
    David K.November 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always worth the stop -- though it's not open at night it's even more spectacular once the sun is down.
  • Cathy H.
    Cathy HoyDecember 24, 2012
    Beautiful from the ourside and within walking distance to the Riverwalk/River Center Mall. Great area to see and explore :)
  • Shiloh B.
    Shiloh BlancoApril 20, 2013
    When you finally enter the shrine, you don't have to wait in line...walk around and check stuff out! There are a bunch of exhibits to see! Be respectful, as it is a shrine.
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannMarch 11
    The grounds were clean and well-kept. A but touristy for me personally, but the site itself was nice to explore for an hour or so.
  • Jan D.
    Jan DorrJuly 24, 2016
    Standing in the middle of history. A must see in San Antonio. Be sure to grab an audio guide on the way in.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BloomJuly 25, 2015
    Don't pass up a visit here. Even just spending a few minutes inside will be worth your visit. Stay longer to really appreciate this landmark!
  • D. S.
    D. SalinasOctober 14, 2014
    Fun with the family. U can get a carriage ride right outside of it. If u can get a good deal with the drivers, got a 30min ride for 6 people for 80 bucks
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BourgeoisJune 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The shrine is consecrated to the memory of those who died at the Alamo. Do turn off your cell phone and observe a respectful silence while inside the shrine. Also, no photography is allowed.
  • Quentin H.
    Quentin HendricksFebruary 3, 2016
    Free if you don't want to do the guided indoor tour. Not a whole lot to see, though. Less impressive than I imagined it to be.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MurrayJanuary 20, 2016
    Great piece of living history. Aviod the gift shop, anything they could possibly put the Alamo's picture on they did.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StrangeDecember 10, 2013
    Big Waste of time. For real if you like the churchy feel and no where to sit or being crowed while looking at same colored bricks and plaques with names then its the spot for you.
  • LilyRose G.
    LilyRose GuzmanAugust 8, 2015
    Family friendly, great atmosphere, can get really crowded but worth going to
  • Vicki H.
    Vicki HoffmanFebruary 27, 2012
    Always a great place to go, and the ATM in the back (if I remember correctly) gives smaller bills instead of just $20.00's
  • Boy R.
    Boy RacerMay 24, 2013
    The greatest Tennessee Volunteer to ever live died a hero here. Davy....Davy Crockett...King of the Wild Frontier.
  • Sean
    SeanOctober 11, 2013
    Wow, so cool to see a part or history in such great shape. Will have to come back when it's open.
  • Derek R S.
    Derek R SwartzAugust 14, 2015
    It was a great tour specially at night when the Alamo is supposed to be haunted we had a private tour after they closed for our red knights group.
  • Sandy G.
    Sandy GraffJune 8, 2014
    Don't go to downtown San Antonio and not visit the Alamo. A truly must see monument. Worth the visit.
  • Andre M.
    Must stop. Short visit but great part of Texas history. And it's free!
  • Katharine R.
    Katharine RobinsonDecember 27, 2011
    In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Miles O'Brian and Julian Bashir enjoy recreating the Battle of The Alamo in the Holosuite. O'Brien even built a scale model of the mission. Read more
  • Hotel Indigo
    Hotel IndigoAugust 19, 2013
    Artifacts, exhibits and a film recount the history of this hallowed ground which has been a witness to history for nearly 300 years.
  • Trevor J.
    Trevor JohnJanuary 13, 2013
    Check out the 15 minute video that explains the history of the Alamo, and don't worry it plays every 20 minutes.
  • Jacob A.
    If you're coming to SA just for the Alamo you're going tinge bored. It ca take up 2-3 hours though it's a must visit, never forget!
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJune 11, 2012
    When I went here, I dropped my sunglasses in the gift shop. I went back later, and fortunately, I found it stored behind the counter.
  • Dale T.
    Dale TadlockApril 7, 2010
    Be sure to stop and listen to the narrated story of the seige told in a little ampitheater outside the long barraacks. We heard an older gentleman who was amazing.
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioJuly 20, 2011
    While you’re here, pick up an authentic Davey Crockett-style coonskin cap! The kids will have a blast and learn about the brave men who fought to defend its walls. -Casandra Read more
  • René L.
    René LePaul2 weeks ago
    Very underwhelming historic site. Video screens or even reenactments would be nice.
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GoGuDecember 25, 2012
    Christmas night was amazing, if you going to be on here the next few days come in the night :) it's beautiful <3
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusMarch 27, 2016
    Go see the 15 min documentary - free and great for non US tourists like us!
  • Cindy A.
    Cindy AbrahamNovember 16, 2012
    You have to decide for your self. I love all the missions. So much history.
  • Joe T.
    Joe TrevinoJuly 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Search Apple Store and enter the word Alamo. It will bring up a 99 cent app that will give you a room by room tour of the Alamo complete with pictures from the Alamo over the years.
  • Anthony P.
    Anthony PetrosinoJune 13, 2012
    I enjoy coming here at night--- much less crowded, much more reflective of what occurred here.
  • Coach K.
    Coach KAugust 3, 2012
    If you visit in the morning you can spot the Alamo cat. But once alot of people are around he hides somewhere...
  • Wayne M.
    Wayne McBrayerNovember 11, 2013
    A place any freedom loving America needs to visit. It is beautiful inside and out.
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 10, 2011
    "The Alamo, located just outside of San Antonio, TX was the place where… I think it has to do with the rental car company?" - Conan O'Brien
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca ThomasMarch 15, 2012
    Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour is great historically speaking, and they tell great stories but that's about it.
  • Riggins ..
    Riggins .July 19, 2012
    Park in the garage near Morton's steakhouse, you are two minutes from the Alamo plaza.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HaulbrookJuly 1, 2012
    Camera's are not allowed in many of the areas...which is probably why most pictures you see are of the exterior.
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliAugust 25, 2015
    A really cool piece of American history! The entrance is free
  • Rj S.
    Rj St ThomasJuly 8, 2015
    One place you can never leave San Antonio without visiting!
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundySeptember 18, 2015
    Cool landmark. Best with the right group of friends.
  • Kristi T.
    Kristi ThomasJuly 3, 2015
    Very well kept. Love the cactus
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioAugust 15, 2011
    Stop for your Alamo photo-op and you just might see something unexpected! Here teams attempted to recruit spectators to join them in a conga line around the plaza! –Race to the Alamo
  • Juli A.
    Juli AnneAugust 18, 2014
    When you visit San Antonio. It's a must you visit the Alamo to learn about texas independence
  • Nomin A.
    Nomin AzureApril 21, 2013
    Standing on the line. The audio tour is $6 otherwise it is free of charge.
  • Malditah M.
    Malditah MizAugust 21, 2014
    Loved this place. Heartbreaking though that a lot of people died in this place :(
  • Ross D.
    Ross DrennanMarch 13, 2011
    Listen...cameras are not allowed inside the Alamo. So take you're iPhone and just receive a lot of "texts" while inside. ;)
  • Steven T.
    Steven ThomasFebruary 17, 2013
    Smaller than I thought. The whole downtown seems to have been built around it!
  • Steph
    StephApril 17, 2013
    Watch the free movie before you do anything else and look for Don! And drop $10 in the donation box afterwards!
  • Tony L.
    Tony LeeJanuary 19, 2014
    Free parking on the streets on Sunday if you park a little further away.
  • Lilith E.
    Lilith EdenJuly 10, 2015
    Tours are great, fun, informative, and calming, but no pictures please! ;)
  • Doug M.
    Doug MurphyMarch 31, 2014
    The official photo-op in front of the main building is overpriced. Although many of the items in the gift shop can be found a block away for less, they support the upkeep of the place.
  • Sally M.
    Sally MelvilleOctober 19, 2016
    So cool! Allow several hours and don't miss the museum.
  • Joel V.
    Joel ValdezNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Monty, the great Alamo storyteller, will lay down the history of the Alamo like nobody else! Catch the story of the Alamo everyday at 5:30 p.m. in Alamo Plaza with Monty!
  • Tammy R.
    Tammy RoyerDecember 27, 2012
    I suggest watching the short 20 minute movie first, showing the history of The Alamo.
  • Mayra Alejandra C.
    .has so much history!! .i love it(:
  • Booker F.
    Booker FajardoJune 19, 2016
    Very interesting...nice gift items
  • First L.
    First LastNovember 15, 2013
    If you come to San Antonio you must visit the Alamo. It's breathtaking!
  • Joel V.
    Joel ValdezAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The first mission established in San Antonio, the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero) served as a way station between east Texas and Mexico.
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 RodriguesApril 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The shrine of Texas liberty...
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 28, 2011
    The miniature figure display of the Battle of The Alamo is educational and really really cool. Read more
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FordOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the basement lots of history there. Remember the Alamo.
  • Ward S.
    Ward SullivanDecember 21, 2011
    What trip to San Antonio would be complete without a trip to the Alamo? You could spend thirty minutes here or all day; the choice is yours.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MoonSeptember 12, 2012
    Buy your IMAX ticket at The Alamo gift shop. It is cheaper.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KamrathMay 20, 2013
    Check it out at night when it's all lot up. Great photo op.
  • Karin G.
    Karin GattringerOctober 17, 2016
    The oak tree is impressive.
  • Kenike M.
    Kenike MarceauApril 5, 2016
    Took some photos on Saturday to send to relatives on the west coast.
  • Kathleen S.
    Kathleen SchuhuJanuary 27, 2015
    A must see if you are into the history of our country!
  • Carlos D.
    Carlos DavilaMay 4, 2012
    This is where out history as Texans begins. I am humbled to step where they stood their ground.
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HolstedMay 28, 2011
    Come before dawn and sit outside and listen to the birds. It is a symphony.
  • Bill B.
    Bill BrendelDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Start here. Get into the holiday spirit in the midst of history. The it is on to the Riverwalk ...
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerApril 11, 2016
    Cool place to walk around and learn about Texas history.
  • Maurice H.
    Maurice HofmannAugust 17, 2015
    Actual US history. Educate yourself!
  • Shauna
    ShaunaSeptember 22, 2013
    At least one of the tour guides in the museum thinks cell phones are the work of the devil.
  • Craig K.
    Craig KapitanAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ozzy urinated *near* the Alamo but not on it. You should probably do neither. Ozzy's story (via the San Antonio Express-News):
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MSeptember 23, 2012
    Ask for the 5 o'clock show. Well worth the wait
  • A G.
    A GMarch 24, 2016
    It's free and historical don't miss the movie
  • Hans-Henrik T O.
    Don't photograph inside, if you're wearing a hat then take it off.
  • Wael H.
    Wael HazzaziApril 17, 2016
    Very small place and a bit disappointing, u can skip this place, you won't miss anything
  •  ℋumorous
     ℋumorousOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    24hr Guard will not allow professional or 35mm photography best in Spring or Fall because Texas is HOT!
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HinzJune 30, 2013
    Watch the movie (15min) before exploring on your own. It helps!
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BellAugust 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They have wonderful private after hour tours.
  • Oldasdirt E.
    Oldasdirt ELPFebruary 23, 2016
    Another place that is hallowed grounds where Americans gave their lives in something they believed in.
  • Knight R.
    Knight RiderOctober 26, 2015
    gran lugar para visitar y conocer la historia...
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