Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a signif... More
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Texans take the Alamo very seriously. Narrated tours are available.
Very interesting for the historical buff. Also holds much cultural interest with the mix of American and Mexican history. The location doesn't add anything to the experience, but the actual grounds of the Alamo are a nice tourist spot. It has been made up to be quite touristy, though. Definitely worth spending an hour or so checking out, if anything, to say you were there.
I went during the middle of summer and towards closing time, but I was able to walk around and enjoy the beauty. The place was very relaxing, I only wished that I had more time to walk around as we got there about 10 mintues before closing.
The Alamo is a very overated experiance. It's right in the middle of Down Town San Antonio, and if you have ever been in the center of any large city then you can imagine it. If there were more natural landscaping still left then it may be more of a thing to go see, however it's surrounded by run down buildings and dirty streets. I would not plan a vacation around going to the Alamo. If you happen to be here then I might say stop by just to say you did but otherwise there are better vacations to be had.
I was very excited to go and see The Alamo but when I got there I thought gosh this was really built up to be something great and huge and once I was there it was a let down. I think it is a little overrated and I would not go back to see it again.
What a fantastic historic site! We really enjoyed the Alamo. We took the kids to see the IMAX movie on the Alamo before we visited and this really helped them to understand what happened there. I suggest visiting as soon as it opens in the morning as it gets very busy in the summer.