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Alamo, San Antonio

Alamo - San Antonio, Texas
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300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205Map
+1 210 225 1391
Neighborhood: Downtown
AOL Travel Editor’s Review

The Alamo is the perfect spot to begin a visit to San Antonio and get a feel for the city’s history. It is the hallowed grounds where Col. William B. Travis and his men fought Mexican Gen. Santa Anna and his troops in the struggle for independence, the Alamo (Spanish for “cottonwood”) actually had humble beginnings as a Spanish mission. It later became a military outpost and was occupied by various militias—Spanish, Rebel, and Mexican—until the Texas Revolution in 1835. After Gen. Santa Anna and his men arrived on February 23, 1836, the greatly outnumbered defenders were able to hold them off for 13 days. Their deaths became a symbol of the fight for liberty and freedom. Admission is free and, with more than 2.5 million visitors a year, the site is always crowded and there are often long lines (which move quickly), but plan to go as early in the day as possible, especially during peak season. (It’s interesting to note that the Alamo receives no state or government funding and is supported through donations and gift shop sales.)

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Alamo General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM, Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, amex, visa
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