The Alamo – Visitors Guide

The Alamo – Visitors Guide

Visit The Alamo, a popular tourist attraction in downtown San Antonio, TX.

The Alamo was originally a historic mission named “Mission San Francisco de Solano”, it was established by Spanish missionaries in 1718. During the Texas Revolution the mission was the site of the Battle of the Alamo. Mexico dictator Santa Anna’s army had surrounded The Alamo. One March 6th, 1836, Santa Anna ordered a pre-dawn attack that killed 186 Texans. A little over a month later Texas won its independence at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Admission Fee:
$15 Guided Tour
$7 Self-Guided Tour
Open Daily 9am-8pm

The Alamo, to this day stands preserved in the center of San Antonio’s bustling downtown district. Daily guided tours are available as well as self guided audio tours. The site is regarded as a memorial to the soldiers that lost their lives there. To show respect, visitors are asked to remove their hats, refrain from interior photographs and the use of cellular devices See:Rules of Reverence.

I have been on the guided tour several times which is very interesting to adults, if you have children with you they will probably get bored fast. Today, you will find that most people visiting The Alamo simply stand in front of the iconic building and snap a selfie.

Take a Virtual Tour of The Alamo


Directly across the street from the Alamo is the Alamo Cenotaph, also known as the Spirit of Sacrifice. This monument commemorates the Battle of the Alamo and bears the names of those that fought at the Alamo.


Facts about The Alamo


  • The Alamo was built in 1718
  • It was originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero
  • The Battle of the Alamo was fought here on March 6th, 1836
  • Mexico won the Battle of the Alamo
  • The Alamo is the most popular tourist site in Texas
  • The Alamo does not have a basement


Movies about The Alamo


The original 1960 movie was filmed in Bracketville, Texas.  The site, called “Alamo Village” was the first movie set in Texas and features a worn torn replica of The Alamo.  Today, Alamo Village is also a tourist destination. The Alamo is also featured in the movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Frequently Ask Questions about Visiting The Alamo

Is The Alamo Free? | Is there an admission to The Alamo?

Admission is free but you can $15 for a guided tour or $7 for a self-guided tour.

Where should I park? | Where to park while visiting The Alamo

The most convenient place to park is in The RiverCenter Mall parking garage which will run you about $15 for half a day. You can find other downtown San Antonio parking lots and garages here.

Can I take photos inside The Alamo? | Is photography allow at The Alamo?

No, photography is not permitted inside The Alamo. You can however take photos outside the iconic building. The best time to photo the front of The Alamo is in the morning when there is no shadow on the face of the building or at night when it is lit.

Who won the Battle of The Alamo?

The Mexican Army

Interesting Nearby


  • Rivercenter Mall
  • The Crockett Hotel
  • The Menger Hotel
  • San Antonio Riverwalk
  • Tower of Americas




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