San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions.
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  • 196heathero
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Antonio Missions - Free and open to the public
    Very cool to see these old Spanish Missions and learn about their influence on surrounding people and culture. We opted to drive ourselves from misson to mission and at times on-line maps had some issues but we did manage to get to all of them. The missions were not busy at all but it was July so most people were smart and stayed inside. We were not able to go in the church at Mission San Juan, but enjoyed talking to the ranger there. We did get to go into the other 3 churches. Visitor center at Mission San Jose was very nice. We also enjoyed viewing the aquaduct near Mission Espada. Church entrances were not always the front door, so keep in mind you may have to walk around and try doors (Mission Concepcion). If you would like to find out information about these missions before you go enter "San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site" into your search engine.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida936 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Antonio Missions NHP
    The San Antonio Missions NHP is a little misleading, its not one place. Its 4 missions and they are 3 miles apart. So yes you have to drive to see them all, but it is well worth it. We happened to be visiting on a Sunday and the bells were ringing and I thought that was awesome they still ring the bells. But I kept seeing people walking up to the mission in dress clothes and going in. We walked up to the doors and someone asked if we wanted to come in and I realized they were having church. All 4 of the missions still have services in them. If you are looking for a visitor center it is at the Mission San Jose Church.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Adam P
    Kingwood, Texas64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spanish Missions of San Antonio
    In town to visit the Spanish Missions. I teach 7th grade Texas history, so I decided to make the trip out from Houston. I am glad I did, but I wish I wore more comfortable shoes. I got a ton of great pictures, and it was fun to make history real. I am looking forward to bringing it all home to my students. A few recommendations: 1. Wear comfortable shoes and dress comfortably - it is a lot of walking. 2. Expect to make a day of it. 3. Bring water 4. Enjoy the history
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Trina B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make time to visit here!
    We enjoyed our visit to the Missions National Historical Park. It was very educational. The rangers were pleasant and helpful. We recommend visiting at least Mission San Jose first before The Alamo. You will learn about the time of the missions. This is well worth your time to visit!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 14, 2024
  • TravelBrianCO
    Pearland, Texas923 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history lesson
    Fun hour walk through the entire complex. Much has been preserved or restored. The church is still functioning. Great visitor center with park rangers that can help answer questions. Free entrance and parking was plentiful.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Ken
    440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a beautiful spring day!
    Beautifully preserved/restored 18th century Catholic missions, still operational churches today. Beautiful artwork and solemn, contemplative atmosphere with some playing Gregorian Chant to enhance the experience. Each has a small museum detailing the origin, history and culture of the time period. A great way to spend the day, whether driving, biking or, for the stout hearted, hiking. Well maintained grounds and trail system. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, both park service and parishioners, are there to provide in depth information to supplement the museums.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 11, 2024
  • California_momofsix
    1,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit--each mission is unique
    Unesco heritage sites are always worth it--and there are not too many in the United States. We really enjoyed our visit to the Missions Historical Park. Even though it's located inside the city and surrounded by homes and businesses on all sides, the park feels self contained, a beautiful greenbelt housing 4 missions. Each of the missions has something unique and all are worth visiting. Everything is free, and the missions are within a few miles of each other. We only had a limited amount of time, so we drove from mission to mission. It's nicely signed, you can't get lost. If we had more time, I would have loved to walk from one mission to the other. There is a visitor center at Mission San Jose, with a movie and ranger tours. So if you don't know much about missions, that's a good place to start to give some background. Also, as opposed to the Alamo, there were no lines here and no large crowds. By all means, see the Alamo, but the rest of the missions also deserve attention and are well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
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Kirsten C
Chandler, AZ34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My family and I explored San Antonio’s Mission Concepcion. It was built in the 1700’s. The grounds are nice and the chapel is lovely. They were practicing music for a wedding and were very gracious and accommodating to allow us to come into the church while they were practicing. We enjoyed the history and the architecture.
Written January 3, 2020
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The variations in the five missions are worth comparing. The exhibits are varied in quality with that at San Jose being the best, since it is biggest and has the National Parks Info center. Start there. Unfortunately the church was closed for an event, but the whole enclosure was available to us and the exhibit in the rooms to the left of the church were quite nice. The mission was heavily reconstructed, which may impact authenticity,but on other hand provides a sense of scale and components for a working community. Presentation makes some recognition of role protection and suppression of native culture. Concepcion was also closed, San Juan and Espada were open churches, but had less other things about. Espada is out by the woods, which makes for a nice atmosphere trying to picture life 300 years ago.
Written January 21, 2020
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Sgriffith
San Antonio, TX105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Spanish Missions of San Antonio are some of the most interesting parts of the city. The Alamo is the most famous, and little remains (but is being reclaimed). The other missions along the river will show you more about how they were constructed, inhabited, served the community, and introduced new ways of life to the area. Take time, walk the river south of downtown, go to the missions and learn more about how San Antonio was established. The experience will help you appreciate the Spanish and Mexican influence that is so important to San Antonio.
Written January 5, 2020
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC6,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
While visiting San Antonio, decided to drive along the mission trail to visit the different missions. Since I had a rental car, decided to drive using Waze to guide me rather than go with a tour group. This way I could go at my own pace. After reading reviews on TA, decided to avoid visiting on Sunday since I wanted to go inside the missions and visited in the morning before the tour crowds arrive. I really liked the missions which offer some amazing architecture. The missions are located south of downtown San Antonio and seem isolated which is a good thing.
Written June 5, 2022
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Trish W
McMurray, PA1,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
There is some interesting history of why the friars established the missions. They were trying to form communities as well as bring comverts into the church. The people lived inside the walls of the mission and learned how to work together to take care of everyone. There is no cost to visit but they do accept donations and they have a gift shop.
Written May 11, 2022
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We went to the Missions starting at San Jose because this is where the visitor center is. Momma likes the historical movies but because of covid the theater was closed. But we got there in time for the guided tour and it was very informative about the building of the missions, the life in the missions and why there are five missions so close together. 4 of the missions are within the park, Mission Conception, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada, the fifth being the Mission San Antonio de Valero, or the Alamo.
We went to San Juan, San Jose and Conception and the drizzle became rain, so we skipped Espada. If you can't do them all concentrate on Conception (90% original) and San Jose, (guided ranger tour).
We giot to see inside Mission Conception but there was a funeral at Mission San Jose, so we didn't see inside that one. A funeral you say. Yes, these are all operating Catholic Churches to this day.
Written January 24, 2022
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porter_osborne
Waco, TX787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Nicely maintained and informative mission with trails to several others. Being inside the walls of the mission can give a sense of spaces that people used in earlier times. Enjoyed the architecture, chapel, and grounds. Do not miss the glass shop just outside the mission walls.
Written January 3, 2021
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bliming
Saint Louis, MO282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It was 10,000 degrees out in San Antonio the week we were there, so of course, we decided to tour the Missions. Man, was it blazing hot. Not much shade, and there was a lot of dust. A couple of the churches were locked, so we could only see the exteriors. But, we soldered on, and enjoyed the movie at the visitor's center. You don't want to miss the movie because it explains what you are looking at. There was no one at the individual missions to answer questions, or explain the buildings, so I recommend going to the visitor's center first, and the aqueducts last. Bring a bottle of water with you, and wear a sun hat. Just say'n....
Written August 20, 2022
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Steven D
Spring Hill, TN2,659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
While visiting San Antonio in late February we toured one of the four well preserved Mission campuses that are managed & operated by the National Park Service. There is a unique joint partnership with the city, the Catholic Church and Park Service that appears to be a great arrangement. Cost is free. Self guided tours are available with the help of printed maps & educational materials. I would like to tour the other three missions on our next visit.
Written April 26, 2022
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Jane E
84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited three of the missions on a recent trip to San Antonio. Each one is vastly different, and each is interesting in their own design and structure. They are all free to explore, although Concepcion was under repair so fairly limited in scope. We started with the Mission San Jose'. This one is the most preserved and the largest grounds. We also visited Concepcion, as well as Espada. As I said, each is different, as well as the history and lay out. We really enjoyed our visit. I would be careful with uneven surfaces around the grounds for all, but overall very easy to visit and enjoy.
Written February 10, 2020
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