San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Travel Guide

  • Mission Concepcion
    Mission Concepcion
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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Things to Do

  • Mission San Antonio de Valero

    Established 1718The vast majority of people know this to be the Alamo. It is the most famous of San Antonio's missions by many leaps and bounds. The modern day complex that rests deep in the heart of downtown San Antonio is most famous for the battle rather than being a mission. Out of the five missions in San Antonio, this one is the least...

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  • Espada Aqueduct

    The park itself has many acequias, which are irrigation ditches that ran from the San Antonio River. Rainfall in this region was not enough to sustain crops if irrigation techniques were not used. Much more rare than the acequia is the aqueduct. This remaining example of a Spanish aqueduct in Texas still works today as it carries water to where it...

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  • Mission Espada

    Established 1731.Mission San Francisco de la Espada is the outermost of the five missions in San Antonio. During the Spanish colonial days, it was relatively remote from San Antonio even though it is just outside the main interstate loop today. It has the most rural feel of the complexes. One can still see the fields that were irrigated and farmed...

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  • Mission San Juan

    Established 1731Mission San Juan Capistrano has its roots in east Texas. Like the other missions in that area, the establishment was not a success, so it was relocated to the San Antonio area. In years of surplus, the crops produced in this region were sold and distributed to other parts of the state. Like all missions, the inhabitants had to be...

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  • Mission San Jose

    Established 1720If a visitor to this park had only enough time to see one of the missions, this would be the one to recommend. Known as "The Queen of the Missions", Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is the most restored and beautiful of missions in this area. This compound has the main visitor center and there is a film shown that can really...

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  • Mission Concepcion

    Established 1731Formally known as Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion de Acuna, this establishment was transferred to the San Antonio area after first being founded in East Texas. It lies a couple of miles to the south of downtown San Antonio and is near the river. Much of what the visitor will see is original since there has not been a...

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  • Mission Espada

    Mission Espada, originally founded as San Francisco de los Tejas in 1690, is the oldest of the surviving missions in San Antonio. The mission is also the farthest from downtown. This mission has a nice combination of nature and architecture. I got to see many fall flowers, most of which were planted by the missionaries living in the sight. The...

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  • Mission San Juan

    Sometimes, size matters, other times, it doesn't. The church of the small Mission San Juan Capistrano has the best interior decoration on the park. It's small, yet magnificant decour left an image on me.

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  • Mission San Jose

    Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is definitly my favorit mission. It's probably the favorite of most visitors too. See, this mission still has most of it's exterior walls intacts. The beauty doesn't stop there though for in the back you can see a working mill, a granary, and some of the intact quarters. The Church itself has several detailed...

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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Transportation

  • Getting between the Missions

    To tour the missions, a car will work best. If you go from the Alamo in downtown San Antonio to Mission Espada just outside of I-410, this will span for several miles. Each mission is a few miles apart from one another and there is a well marked driving route. Despite the brown signs that guide visitors between the various stops, I do recommend at...

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  • Getting there and around

    The best way to get to the Missions is by car. Just start at the Alamo and follow the signs. If you don't have a car, then inquire at your hotel about taking a tour of the MIssions.For official details on how to get there and away, check out the map of the region showing the location of the four Missions in their official...

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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by darthmilmo Written Oct 16, 2002

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    Well, even though the Missions are near the city, the can still scare even the bravest of us so be prepare for everything. We spoted this magnificant spider outside the church at Mission San Juan.

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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Off The Beaten Path

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    by darthmilmo Written Oct 16, 2002

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    If you love fauna and flora and don't expect to find any in this historical tour, well you're in for a surprise! Try visiting the Missions during fall or sping to see several interesting flowers.

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    by darthmilmo Updated Oct 16, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I am not a historian so please do venture into the official webpage for of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park at the following link:
    http://www.nps.gov/saan/

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