The Alamo
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Established in 1718 as Mission San Antonio de Valero, for over 300 years the former mission now known as the Alamo has been a crossroads of history. Having existed under six flags of independent nations and served as a garrison for five different armies, the Alamo has a rich history and a heritage to inspire Texans and people around the world. Although the Alamo is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, all 300 years of Alamo history are vital to our story. Visitors can take a guided battlefield tour, rent a self-guided audio tour, walk through the historic Alamo Church and Long Barrack Museum, listen to a history talk given by an Alamo Interpreter, participate in living history demonstrations, watch a documentary on the history of the Alamo, and much more. Admission to the Alamo is free, but there is a charge for guided and audio tours.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • JG3-777
    Jacksonville, North Carolina248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would say go!
    We liked thew Alamo, it is one of the reasons we went to San Antonio. My wife is not American so I wish we had reviewed the history a little more for her before we went. (It would have been good for me to review as well) We got the phone recording things, I would skip that they did not tell you much more than reading the signs did and the numbers were hard to locate. Stop and talk to the attendees/ volunteers they can fill in some of the blanks.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Denise P
    Florida Keys, Florida46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit The Alamo
    I highly recommend the guided tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and shared information that I made the battle come to life. He escorted us through the church (no reservation required) and into the Ralston Family Collections Center (admission was included in the tour fee). The Collections Center had many interesting artifacts and the docents were knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Laura C
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loads to learn
    Just enjoyed the grounds and the free tour of the chapel. Didn’t take the plunge and buy the guided tour which was over $40. Surprised it was in the middle of everything downtown. Very cool historical site. It definitely made me want to know more.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2023
  • SJL
    Dunnellon, Florida56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of San Antonio
    The highlight of our time in San Antonio! So full of history and be sure to watch the video about it. Very informative and it makes you appreciate the determination of those that fought and died there. A testament to the human spirit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,596 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically Significant
    Historically significant and certainly should be toured if visiting San Antonio. In all fairness, it is rather small and not a lot to see inside the structure, but it is also worth taking a look inside the adjacent museum. Having toured it previously, it was nice just to stop by and admire the illuminated exterior facade at night this trip.
    Visited October 2022
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Mike O
    Roanoke, Virginia1,378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Timeline Signs
    Since we considered the The Alamo "must see" attraction, we planned our visit accordingly. We parked on the street in the King William District where we were impressed by the stately homes, then walked the surface streets to The Alamo. Our return was along the River Walk; crowded with shops/restaurants/hotels at first, then quite and serene as we git closer to our car. We booked 9:30am Sunday timed tickets online in advance; many others were obtaining the free tickets on the spot. We found the history timeline posted on a series of signs outside of the building to be very well done; filled in some blanks in our understanding of the early Texas history.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Marlon E
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember the Alamo
    We had a nice time walking and touring inside the Alamo. it was historical and informative. I booked online tickets for the Alamo and it was free, the audio guide is recommended (for a fee) to have the historical background explained. This was a good place to spend 2 hours and also visit their gift shop.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Amanda W
    Linn, Missouri1,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit with lots of history
    So for some reason our family of 4 was convinced the Alamo was bigger in real life so it was sort of surprising to see such a small building. However, the exhibits and grounds are all nicely kept and plenty of history was explained on the info boards. Was just nice to even sit under the big oak tree and relax for a while in the court yard.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • PresidentsTraveler
    118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remember to visit the Alamo!
    This place is iconic. The museum collection has great artifacts, and there is a great monument to the men who died here. The gift shop has lots of interesting items. I do feel that this experience could be better by making the guided tour more affordable. It is not difficult for one or two people to buy a $35 dollar ticket for a 30 minute tour, but when you have to pay for 5 people, 175 dollars is a little steep, especially in comparison to other historic sites.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Erik_and_Cheryl
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit When In San Antonio
    We visited here on March 20, 2023. You do have to book tickets in advance, but they are free. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable. They keep the numbers in the Alamo proper in check, but it still was a bit crowded. The grounds were more crowded. This makes taking pictures a bit tricky. It is pretty standard historical fare with placards to read and statues to view. The Alamo has a very interesting story, and you should stop in when San Antonio.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
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Meghan G
Winter Springs, FL29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took a small group tour of the Alamo, and it was pretty good half of our tour was the outside front of the Alamo and along the street. I was surprised when I went into the gardens of the Alamo and noticed the statues of the people that were discussed during our tour. I wondered why the tour guide didn’t do part of the tour there where he could point to the statues of the people he was talking about. Having said that I will admit the stories were very interesting and his descriptions of the time period were on point. I really enjoyed learning about this historic site.
Written April 20, 2024
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Wynn R
Morgan Hill, CA1,963 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a lot smaller than it appeared in the John Wayne film! There is still bullet holes and repaired cannon strikes on the building. When they repeatedly ask visitors to "not touch the walls" please listen and obey as there are idiots that still want to rub their hands all over the walls, forget future generations as long as they can do as they please. History for the viewing and it has been improved considerably over the past decades.
Written April 16, 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Alamo is very well-known due to the Battle of the Alamo, giving Texas its independence from Mexico. I booked the guided tour. It was really cool to see the site, and hear all of the historical insight about where things took place and what happened. The tour seemed pretty quick overall. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would’ve liked to have more time to stop in the room inside the church, but we were moving onto the Collections building. I also visited the gift shop afterwards, at the end. Overall, very cool to see!
Written April 16, 2024
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FItraveler2010
Jacksonville, FL243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were underwhelmed by The Alamo. The most interesting thing was the connection and artifacts collected by Phil Collins. The day we were there it was absolutely packed. I think it may have been more enjoyable without so many people. You can't visit San Antonio without visiting The Alamo so definitely go but you really don't need more than an hour or 2. It's not somewhere I'd visit again. We did the audio tour and it was definitely worth the extra cost.
Written April 15, 2024
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K B
Lafayette, CA464 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
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Everyone in the US has learned about the Alamo so it's a must see destination.
We had to have been there at the WORST conceivable time in conjunction with a group tour to see the Total Solar Eclipse. Place was unbelievably crowded. Waited for the little video presentation but didn't say anything more than the guide already said. We had an excellent knowledgable guide (Mickey) but he informed us he couldn't talk inside the place which seemed really weird. He made himself available for questions on the outside.
Written April 14, 2024
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD558 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was my 3 rd trip to the Alamo over 40 years ago. There is so much rehab taking place in the area it was difficult to navigate the area. The signage is confusing. It’s free but they offer so many options it’s really hard to know that.
Written April 13, 2024
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Phil M
Guildford, UK52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Looked up visiting the Alamo and it purports to be free entry. That’s very misleading.
It might be free to get in but to see the interesting stuff you need to pay.
I’d rather they had imposed an overall blanket entry fee and then visitors can opt in or out of guided tours or audio tours.
Shame as if we’d known we would have either not gone or at least known the costs. Parking for four hours was $39 !!
Written April 13, 2024
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Ken
Orient, Ohio301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Very interesting, well known part of history. Comprehensive museum and artifact collection. As to be expected, not a solemn place simply for the volume of people. Not quite as I pictured it since it's in the middle of a commercial area of town. I expected something more like the other mission sites. They are currently renovating/restoring some of the surrounding area to make it more of a complex reflecting the area of the period. Best time to see the place was to go after dark when the people were thinned out.
Written April 11, 2024
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada2,149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Probably the most famous historic site in Texas. The last stand symbolizing Texas independence. It appears much of the inspiration was drawn from the Spartans at Thermopylae. The slogan “Come and Take It” is much like the Greek “Molon labe.”

Because it’s a famous site and being enormously popular, it’s essential to arrange tickets, admissions, and tours in advance. I would recommend the audio tour which you can do at your own pace. Entering the church is free but there an admission fee to see the exhibitions.

Definitely recommended!
Written April 10, 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As Brits travelling in the USA is rare that we come across American history that rivals some of ours. So refreshing to visit a 300 year old site.
We booked in advance the $20 audio tour, which includes the collection gallery too.
Really good audio guide, very comprehensive.
The guides we interacted with were good too
Plenty of sign and explanation boards if you don't want to pay.
Was annoying that buying on advance doesn't bumb you up the queue.
Consider booking because on the day we visited the audio for was sold out, and the previous day we heard they had finished tickets for the day too
Written April 10, 2024
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