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
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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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  • lithlith
    885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Each is unique
    Each mission is unique and it's worth checking them all out as they are all free to visit with free parking. We recommend starting your day early to check them out before they get busy. The Alamo gets the bulk of the tourist because of it's location downtown near the Riverwalk, but honestly the other missions are much more interesting and have more to explore and view.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlighting 84 historical sites along the San Antonio River
    This is why San Antonio is here, why it is the second largest city in Texas, why it is one of the most visited cities in the United States. It's all about the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions that formed an important part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among Native Americans. Located at 6701 San Jose Drive, the park was originally established in 1975 as the Mission Parkway on the National Register of Historic Places encompassing 84 historical sites along the San Antonio River on the southern side of the city of San Antonio. In 1983, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was established to oversee four of the five missions in the area. In geographic order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) they are Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964, is located due east of the Mission San Juan, across the river, and is part of the park. Curiously, the fifth and best known mission in San Antonio, the Alamo, is not part of the park. Located upstream from Mission Concepcion, in downtown San Antonio, the most visited tourist attraction in Texas is owned by the state of Texas. Built in 1716, Mission Concepcion is the best preserved of the four missions and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Mission San Jose, established in 1720, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Mission San Juan was built in 1716 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. And the oldest of all, Mission Espada, built in 1690, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. For tourists, the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation project was completed in 2013, adding 15 miles of hiking, biking and paddling trails that connect the four missions to the San Antonio River Walk through a series of park portals.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • JenRed2014
    Buffalo, New York912 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great job with this free National Park!
    We are glad we ventured out to these missions and didn’t only visit the Alamo. These missions are so much more authentic and easy to visualize in their original configurations. Many people were riding bikes and walking the grounds. There was a Sunday church service going on in Spanish with music in one of the active churches. We learned a lot about the communities living in the missions through the informative displays. Great job with this free National Park!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • James T
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mission Trail is an Adventure!
    The missions are very cool and following the trail (either car or bike) becomes a sort of adventure! There is a lot of history with these missions, as well as the religious and spiritual aspect. We started with Mission Espada and ended at Mission Concepcion. The small church at Espada was my favorite. Decide for yourself which one you prefer.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Patti F
    Richmond, Virginia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History fans unite!
    I have been wanting to visit the missions of San Antonio for a long time and was happy. I got to do it on a Texas vacation. Each mission is very different even though the story of their origin is basically the same. The four missions can be done in one day, but it would be a full day if you spend a good amount of time at each one. We started at Concepción and made our way to Espada, and we lights Concepción in a spot of the best, mainly because they were the most original. The national park service rangers were amazing as usual and very helpful. We used waze to move between the Missions. Has the weather been better? We might had biked it, but it was over 100° every day. Sure, you see the aqueduct.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Joe Owen
    Colorado11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding National Historical Park!
    A fascinating National Historical Park! Great Rangers, Volunteers and Book Store personnel. An excellent movie and easy to follow paths to the historical churches. A great experience. I recommend during the summer to visit when the park first opens due to the extreme heat. We only went to Mission San Jese, because of the heat in the early afternoon. It park is a definite must see when you visit San Antonio!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • 196heathero
    39 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 3 August 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida719 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 28 September 2023
  • Adam P
    Kingwood, Texas39 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 21 November 2023
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sandy
Cheyenne, WY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Loved the Hill Country and the Missions. Michael Robinson was so knowledgeable. We had an enjoyable and hassle free two days of tours. Michael was fantastic. Take a tour with him and you will not regret it.
Written 14 February 2024
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Chole J
Lafayette, LA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My husband and I went for New Years, and it was packed! The river walk is nice, but it's not the San Antonio I remember from 10 years ago.
Written 14 January 2024
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Adam P
Kingwood, TX39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
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
Written 21 November 2023
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griffinrome
Rome, GA57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Please go to at least one of the missions. Mission of San Jose. Watch the movie to understand the history of the place. Nice, small museum. All free. Learning a bit of history certainly enhances the trip.
Written 29 October 2023
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 28 September 2023
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196heathero
Elkhorn, United States39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
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.
Written 3 August 2023
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Katie S
Evansville, IN73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Everyone talks bout the Alamo but I definitely preferred the Missions. Less crowded but still so much to see. The church was my favorite. Very pretty inside!.
Written 24 July 2023
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Frances V
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I was very disappointed. I was really looking forward to this tour for my family. Waited almost three hours and nobody came to pick us up.
Written 23 July 2023
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Personally I prefer touring the missions instead of the Alamo. Missions are so much less crowded. Rangers were great working with our kids on their Jr Ranger books.
Written 12 July 2023
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Joe Owen
Colorado11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A fascinating National Historical Park! Great Rangers, Volunteers and Book Store personnel. An excellent movie and easy to follow paths to the historical churches. A great experience. I recommend during the summer to visit when the park first opens due to the extreme heat.
We only went to Mission San Jese, because of the heat in the early afternoon. It park is a definite must see when you visit San Antonio!
Written 10 July 2023
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