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The Alamo
The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex, now known as the Alamo, welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.

The Basics
To understand early Texas history and Texas independence, a visit to the Alamo is essential. Visitors are free to tour the grounds on their own, or sign up for a guided or audio tour. The mission complex is a stop on most sightseeing and hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which often also include stops at Mission San Jose, Market Square, and Mission Concepcion. Travelers can combine a visit to the Alamo with a cruise along the San Antonio River Walk, or, for those interested in the Alamo's ghostly residents, visit the complex as part of a haunted San Antonio tour.
  • This site is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Don't forget to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • San Antonio can get hot; be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  • All public areas of the Alamo are wheelchair accessible.
  • Keep in mind that photography is not permitted inside the Alamo Church or Long Barrack Museum.

How to Get to the Alamo
Alamo Plaza is located in the heart of Downtown San Antonio, just a block away from the San Antonio River Walk. Visitors with a car will find ample parking in the area, though often for a fee. The complex is also located along the VIVA missions and VIVA centro bus routes.

When to Get There
While the Alamo is open 364 days per year (closed Christmas Day), many travelers prefer visiting in the off-peak season between early September and early March, mainly due to cooler weather and sparser crowds. Try getting there first thing in the morning or at dusk when the mission is beautifully lit.

Diving into History at the Alamo
The Alamo's regular calendar of events features free history talks several times per day in the Calvary Courtyard, as well as living history presentations that sometimes include period impressions and live demonstrations of fire starting, leatherworking, or textile making. A 17-minute film telling the 300-year Alamo story is shown in the Long Barracks Theater and the Alamo Arbor.
Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, USA
Admission: Free
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Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo

Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo

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Explore San Antonio by Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that takes in the highlights of historic downtown San Antonio. Have fun and get great photo ops while riding your Segway past landmarks such as The Alamo, Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park, the Alamodome, and San Fernando Cathedral. Your guide shares some fun facts and a little Texas history along the way. Book your Segway tour early to ensure that you get a spot on this popular tour.
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas

San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas

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Combine two great tours, plus admission to an iconic landmark, for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion with live, onboard commentary. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view of Alamo City from the top of the Tower of the Americas.
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  • 2 days
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
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San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

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This tour is the perfect way to see the missions and learn about the founding of San Antonio with its rich history and culture. Experience Spanish History, the Coahuiltecans, and the early southwest. Learn about the significance of San Antonio, San Pedro Springs, and the groups that came together to set the stage for the founding of the Presidio - San Antonio. Your experience starts downtown, see: the original La Villita; Main Plaza, San Fernando Cathedral, and Plaza de Armas. Travel along the San Antonio River to visit all the missions with stops at Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and the Espada Aqueduct. Tour ends at Mission San Antonio de Valero, famously known as the Alamo, or guest's hotel. Guaranteed Departures, Twice a Day! No minimum guest requirements.
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Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio

Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Discover the confluence of cultures and historic events that shaped modern-day San Antonio on a 4-hour evening coach tour. Designed to complement the optional half-day morning tour for a complete overview of the city’s history, the tour makes three stops to points of interest including the Japanese Tea Garden, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Mission Concepcion, San Jose and the Alamo(optional). Along the way, learn Texas trivia and enjoy live narration from a local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 1-,2-, or 4-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.
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Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio

Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Cruise through San Antonio on a 2-hour Segway tour that takes in the highlights of historic downtown San Antonio, including The Alamo. Hear some Texas history from your guide as you take in landmarks like HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, the Alamodome, Bexar County Courthouse, San Fernando Cathedral, El Mercado, and Arts Village La Villita. You'll also have plenty of time to have fun riding your Segway and get great photo ops.
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Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio

Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Explore San Antonio’s unique place in Western history on a half-day morning coach tour. Pass by dozens of historic sites and modern attractions while learning about the city’s rich confluence of cultures and the events that shaped it. See Alamo Plaza and historic hotels, learn about bluesman Robert Johnson’s local recording sessions, and see where residents get their cultural fix at the Tobin Performing Arts Center and Briscoe Western Art Museum. Discover even more and complete your grand city overview on an optional afternoon tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio

Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio

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Discover the historic highlights of San Antonio on a tour that takes you to markets, parks, squares, eateries, and more. A great introduction to the city for first-time visitors, this tour gives you a chance to learn your way around San Antonio with a guide to navigate and narrate the journey. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing any of the historic details.
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  • 8 hours
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise and 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

San Antonio River Walk Cruise and 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

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See more of San Antonio with a combo package that includes a 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass and a 40-minute sightseeing cruise on the San Antonio River Walk. The river cruise offers a scenic and relaxing ride, and the double-decker bus gives you the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace, and disembark at attractions such as The Alamo.
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  • 3 days
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San Antonio Drunk History Tour

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San Antonio Drunk History Tour

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On this condensed version of our Classic tour, we will take a stroll through Alamo Plaza for a comprehensive look at the history of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. Next we will follow in the footsteps of legends in the historic Menger Hotel bar – you will share the space where Teddy Roosevelt recruited many of his Rough Riders. With drink in hand we will take an in depth tour through the oldest hotel west of the Mississippi. After discussing the rich and varied history of this classic San Antonio establishment we will take a look into another of San Antonio’s most historic bars and explore the associated history. Warm welcomes, prompt service, heavy pours and exclusive access await you all while you learn history not found on any other tour in a truly unique personalized and boutique tour experience. Food & beverages not included in price.
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San Antonio Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Antonio Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Discover San Antonio in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure, from the famous Alamo to the San Antonio River Walk, the San Fernando Cathedral and the many monuments, artwork and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this popular city in south-central Texas. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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CITY Vespa SiDeCaR Tour and Tacos

CITY Vespa SiDeCaR Tour and Tacos

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Enjoy a fun-filled and one-of-a-kind way to explore San Antonio on this private tour via Vespa and custom-built sidecar. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and set off right from your hotel via stylish scooter. You’ll visit San Antonio’s top attractions, from the UNESCO-listed Alamo and San Antonio River Walk to the King William Historic District and more. Then, head to a locals-frequented venue for tacos and refreshments.
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Alamo and San Antonio Quarry Helicopter Tour

Alamo and San Antonio Quarry Helicopter Tour

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of San Antonio with a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight above downtown and Quarry Market. Follow the course of the San Antonio river and hear about the sites you pass with narration on a personal headset. See the San Antonio Zoo from the air, then spot the iconic cement stacks at Quarry Market. Bank above downtown and fly past the Botanical Gardens and the Tower of the Americas before touching back down at the airport.
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Texas Ranger Museum Combo, including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Texas Ranger Museum Combo, including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience San Antonio’s top attractions on a double-decker bus and boat excursion. Discover the city’s history and culture while floating down the San Antonio River Walk and visiting sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, and San Antonio Museum of Art via a hop-on/hop-off bus. Stop by the historic Buckhorn Saloon and enjoy commentary from a knowledgeable local guide and complimentary admission/entrance fees.
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Historic San Antonio Walking Tour (Masks Required)

Historic San Antonio Walking Tour (Masks Required)

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Explore the major historic attractions of downtown San Antonio. This tour offers visits to the Alamo, La Villita, the Riverwalk, Bexar County Courthouse, San Fernando Cathedral, and Spanish Govenor's Palace. You'll get a personal and authentic take on the history of San Antonio and surrounding areas. Flexible options available upon request. Note: Face masks are required for the duration of walking tour. Social distancing will also be enforced as well as any local, state, or federal guidelines resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Museum of Art Admission

48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Museum of Art Admission

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A convenient, hop–on, hop–off bus pass allows you to explore San Antonio without the hassle of navigating on your own. Enjoy live on–board commentary as you circuit the 19–stop route with sweeping views from the top level of the double–decker bus. Valid for 48 hours, this pass is a popular choice for visitors who want to make the most of their time in the area.
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  • 8 hours
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48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Tower of the Americas Admission

48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Tower of the Americas Admission

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Make the most of your time in San Antonio and explore at your own pace with this 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Ride around the city on a comfortable tour bus, hopping off whenever you like to explore sights such as the Riverwalk, the Tower of the Americas, and the Alamo. This ticket also includes admission to Tower of the Americas, saving you time waiting in line to buy tickets on arrival.
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  • 2 days
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Admission

San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Admission

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Enjoy a Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio sightseeing tour along with LEGOLAND Discovery Center admission. This double decker tour package helps you see San Antonio and save! The ALL NEW LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio is the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground! Visitors to LEGOLAND Discovery Center can enjoy 2 rides, a 4D cinema, MINILAND® San Antonio, 10 LEGO Play Zones and more. Families with children ages 3-10 won't want to miss out on the fun! LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio is located inside the Shops at Rivercenter in the heart of downtown San Antonio, steps away from the historic Alamo and World Famous River Walk. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child (aged 17 and under) to visit the attraction.
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  • 8 hours
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San Antonio Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Tower of Americas, Museum Admission, and More

San Antonio Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Tower of Americas, Museum Admission, and More

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Book the San Antonio Super Saver pass to see the highlights of San Antonio at a great price. The pass is valid for 48 hours and includes the hop-on hop-off bus, admission to the observation deck at the Tower of the Americas, and its 4D Theater Ride, and the IMAX film about the Battle of the Alamo. The pass also covers entrance to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Buckhorn Saloon, and the Texas Ranger Museum, making for a comprehensive way to experience San Antonio's attractions at your own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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San Antonio Ghost Hunt: The Spirits Of San Antonio

San Antonio Ghost Hunt: The Spirits Of San Antonio

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Historic Downtown & Riverwalk Walking Tour

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Historic Downtown & Riverwalk Walking Tour

Join a local tour guide as we explore the history, architecture, and landmarks of downtown San Antonio, and it's beloved Riverwalk. Expect to walk approximately two miles throughout the tour.
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San Antonio Nooner Tour: Lunch, Libations & History

San Antonio Nooner Tour: Lunch, Libations & History

A San Antonio native I have been researching and guiding guests through my hometown for twenty years. I strive to less of a "tour guide" and more of just a genuine guy with a passion who you would would want to have a drink (or 4) with. I cannot promise you a ghostly experience. I am just a guy and I dress accordingly. What I can promise you is authenticity and that I will be well prepared to prove the validity of the stories that I tell. We will meet at the word famous Alamo then head to an award winning, locally owned bistro & wine bar for lunch where the topic du jour is all things San Antonio. After lunch we will head to the storied Menger Bar for a digestif at the same bar that Teddy and his Rough Riders imbibed. Drink in hand we will then explore the oldest hotel west of the Mississippi and discover it's many secrets including the history behind why it is reportedly the most haunted hotel in Texas. Food and drink not included in price.
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San Antonio Sweet Safari Tour: Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Musuem

San Antonio Sweet Safari Tour: Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Musuem

You’re in for a real treat on this one! Starting with some Alamo history we venture off to the oldest saloon in Texas. There we will learn about this bar’s unique history, take an in depth look at some Texas Ranger archives and have exclusive access to one of the largest taxidermy collections in the world (a $20 value). After a self paced tour of the museum we will head to take a front row seat at one of San Antonio’s sweetest haunts. Watch as our bartenders transform your favorite desserts into cocktail form. From Cookies & Cream, Nutterbutters, S'more & Thin Mint martini's to smoke infused old fashioneds if you can dream it up these guys can make it reality. Don't believe me? Put my brothers to the test and I guarantee you'll be impressed. This is truly a one of kind experience that will surely leave you wanting more! Food & beverages not included in price.
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  • 3 hours
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