1.) The Alamo
Remember the Alamo is a saying that we all know but nothing beats taking your family to the site where it all happened! The beautiful Spanish-style fortress and church now stand as a testament to the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 but also a shrine to Texan history. Today The Alamo Mission in San Antonio is part museum, part Roman Catholic sanctuary, and part historical memorial.
Whether a Texas history buff or not, the Alamo is a must-stop on any trip to San Antonio. The mission was built in 1718 and has stood through not only the battle of 1836 but also through over three hundred years of modernization and growth. Currently it is nestled in the center of the San Antonio’s downtown making it easy to get to no matter where visitors are residing in the city.
For guests who may not remember, the Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution. After being held under siege for thirteen days Texans managed to ward off Mexican troops and stand their ground. Today Texans and non-Texans alike look to it as a symbol of Texan grit and American spirit.
The Alamo itself offers guided tours as well as self-guided tours and is open everyday of the year except on Christmas. There are guide options for Spanish-speaking guests, as well as audio tours in German, Japanese, and French as well as English. There are also tour options available for guests with hearing impairment, visual impairment, and guide dogs are welcome.
The Alamo contains six different parts today that include the Shrine, the Long Barrack, the Centennial Museum (built in 1937), the Alamo Hall, the Arcade, and the Alamo Research Center (built in 1950). Each of these buildings are open to the the public and only the Alamo Hall is open for rent.
The Alamo Mission is absolutely integral to any Texas visit and reminds people of both the past and educates people for the future.