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“The view is the main attraction.”
Review of Alamo Plaza

Alamo Plaza
Ranked #28 of 281 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I have seen this place so many times in the past 60 years I have become jaded. The first time I saw it was 1957 and I was disappointed. I expected more. Now it has been cleaned up and blocked off from traffic and the interior contains more artifacts. This is a must see for history buffs. You also can spend some serious money buying the numerous souvenirs offered for sale.

Thank James M
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Alamo. We opted for the audio tour so we could move around as we pleased, and we spent nearly three hours looking around the church, long barracks and gardens. We watched the film which shows in the arbour, and also looked at the Bowie exhibition. We are from Europe so had not been taught the actual history of the Alamo at school, instead picking it up, inaccurately as is usually the case, from Western movies. We were fascinated to learn the full story, particularly the recurring references to how each culture has their Alamo equivalent which is so true.

Thank Alyson H
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

The Alamo plaza in front the Alamo church is the area where the whole Alamo mission stood in 1836. The plaza is in front of the church, a pecan-shaded cobblestone meeting area with benches, snow-cone vendor, surrounded by a commercial area. On the plaza are bus stops for the two tour buses and city bus. The official visitor's center and seller of tickets for the red/green trolley and the Alamo double decker trolley (the same company owned by Edward T) is at 317 Alamo St on the south side of the plaza, and the river walk entrance is next to it, together with some displays of the original mission site. I popped in here frequently for the restroom, and they have bottled water. The other visitor center is on the other side of the plaza (next to Haagen Dazs), and they sell tickets for the red double decker City Sightseeing buses. (You can buy tour tickets also at the two bus stops on the plaza wall.) Just north of that is the Crocker Hotel, which has a water bottle refill drinking fountain that I used once or twice a day. Also on the plaza is the oldest hotel, the Menger Hotel, which you should go in and see with their lobby's many historical displays. Both these hotels have bars. Next to the that is the mall entrance which takes you to the Riverwalk, and exiting at Macy's takes you very near the convention center. In the mall basement is "Battle for Texas The Experience," which you shouldn't miss. Also on the square is the 60' Alamo Cenotaph (empty tomb) "The Spirit of Sacrifice" built 1937-39 honoring men who died in the Alamo rather than surrender.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Lots of attractions and sites along the Plaza. All just part of the Alamo/Riverwalk experience. Nice cobble stone streets and sidewalks.

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

No visit to San Antonio would be complete without a visit to The Alamo! I was fortunate to be staying at a hotel next door and had an Alamo view room. What a historic treasure. The tour was great. I visited in the evening during a walk and found no the Ranger to be extremely friendly and very informative. Amazing to consider what took place there. What brave men and women gave their lives for independence!

Thank Marshall96
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