San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio

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World heritage site · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
First established by Catholic missionaries on the frontier of the Spanish Southwest, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park highlights the history behind the colonization of this area. Take a step back into the 18th century and explore the four preserved missions located on the property: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Free, hour-long, and highly recommended guided ranger tours depart from the visitor center at Mission San Jose. While the missions are accessible by foot or bike via the riverwalk trail, they are quite spread out, so traveling by car is recommended. Work out when and for how long to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and other San Antonio attractions using our handy San Antonio online visit planner.
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  • These four missions are all different, each offering their own take on history and church design. The churches all continue to service their communities. This is a national treasure for good...  more »
  • Went through all the four missions on a separate day from the Alamo. The weather was abysmal but we still made it. Can't miss out on seeing these and learning about the history and purpose of each...  more »
  • I have visited the various San Antonio Missions several times over the last 40 years. I was happy to see the recent updates, including paved parking, wheelchair friendly entrances and paths, and public restrooms. Several buildings have been conserved/stabilized since my last visit (a decade ago). A beautiful look at some amazing history.
  • Lived in SA all my life, in this area to be exact. Moved to the north and ( not that I have anything against it) but i missed being able to come to this park often. Its full of history and beautiful trails with churches too! A must see!

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