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Coming to San Antonio, then come on by the Alamo! "Remember the Alamo!" Always a must to see the old mission where a lot of history took place. It was the first mission established in San Antonio. The Alamo was originally used as a way station between east Texas and Mexico before it fell in the Battle of the Alamo. Inside see relics and photographs in the Long Barrack Museum. A little of the old west that still is standing. Don't miss out! Located Downtown San Antonio in Alamo Plaza. Click here for more information on the Alamo.

San Jose Mission

San Antonio Spanish Missions

Five Missions in San Antonio were built along the San Antonio River back in the early 1700s. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Free admission.

The Alamo (1718) The first and most widely known of these missions was San Antonio de Valero, commonly called the Alamo.

San Jose (1720) Located at 6701 San Jose Dr., Tel. (210) 932-1001 It is the largest mission in San Antonio and was used as a sanctuary and a community area for more than 300 Indians back in the old days. The mission to this day offers a Mariachi Mass on Sundays. The visitor center is located next to Mission San Jose. It has a 20 minute theater show giving the history life of the mission, a book shop and museum.

San Juan (1731) Where the chapel and bell towers are still used. Romaneque structures, and a cool nature trail that leads to the river. Located on 9101 Graf Rd., Tel. (210) 534-0749

Concepcion (1731) this is the best preserved of the Texas missions. Known for its beautiful mission church! Located at 807 Mission Rd. at Felisa St., Tel. (210) 534-1540

Espada (1731) This mission is known for its best preserved acequia (irrigation system) that was used to provide water to the fields. Now it is is used to operate the Espada aqueduct and dam. Located on 10040 Espada Rd., Tel. (210) 627-2021

Other important cultural resources included are the historic Espada Dam and Aqueduct, and the Rancho de las Cabras.

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San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

A historical church built back in 1731 by Canary Island families. They started a colony from the request of King Phillip V of Spain. Hours vary. Located at 115 Main Plaza. Downtown. 210-227-1297. Click here for more information on the San Fernando Cathedral.


Spanish Governor's Palace

The Spanish Governor's Palace was the Capitol of Texas until 1821. It was built back in 1718 on Cinco de Mayo when back then the Spanish had possession of Texas. 105 Plaza de Armas. 210-224-0601. Click here for more information on Spanish Governor's Palace website.


Casa Navarro State Historical Park

A historic site that shows the Mexican culture and the heritage of Texas altogether in a house built in 1848. It is the home of Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871) who was a member of the Texas legislatures under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Today his adobe home is open for tours to view his antiques and copies of his writings, and gift shop. 228 S. Laredo St. 210-226-4801. Open tuesday- Sunday, 9am - 4pm. Click here for more information on Casa Navarro State Historical Park website.


Steves Homestead Museum

A museum that displays how people lived in the late 1800s. Guided tours are given to view the beautiful home and history of the family. 509 King William. 210-225-5924. Click here for more information on Steves Homestead Museum.


King William Historic District

It is the oldest historic district in Texas! Several beautiful mansions were built by German merchants back in the late 1800s. Walk up and down Southtown and see art galleries, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Pick up a self-guided walking tour from the San Antonio Conservation society. Click here for more information on the King William Historic District website.

Aztec Theatre

Aztec Theatre

The Aztec Theatre brings to you a Texas-sized tribute to country music with the classic country show "San Antonio Rose live." An exciting two-hour live show featuring the best of traditional country, western swing, and gospel music. It's the songs that made you fall in love with country music. Featuring the San Antonio Rose Band comprised of 10 world-class musicians from Nashville, Branson, Austin, and San Antonio. Located off the riverwalk. 201 E. Commerce St., Corner of commerce & N. St. Mary's St. 877-432-9832. Click here for more information on the Aztec Theatre.




Updated: October 10, 2009