A few weeks ago, as part of my Cooper Tires trip to San Antonio, Texas, I had a few hours of free time before the event began. Since it was my first time in San Antonio (and certainly not my last, despite the awful flight delays I experienced), I ventured out to see the Alamo, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas. I loved my visit, and learned a few surprising things about visiting the Alamo.
Four Surprising Things When Visiting the Alamo
It’s in the Middle of Downtown
For some reason, I expected that I would need to take a bus or a cab to the Alamo, but it’s located right in the middle of downtown. I stayed at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio on the Riverwalk, and it was a quick five minute walk to the Alamo. There’s also a trolley available to take guests around downtown if you’d prefer not to walk. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and other attractions surrounding the Alamo as well, so it’s a pleasant walk.
Admission is Free
Although you can pay for an audio tour, admission into the Alamo is completely free. Just walk right in. Even if you don’t have an audio tour, employees are located throughout the property and are eager and happy to answer any questions.
VIP tours, Battlefield tours, and After Hours are also available for an additional fee. They can be booked in advance on the Alamo website.
Guests must follow rules of reverence
As a shrine to Texas liberty, the Alamo imposes rules of reverence to their guests. There are no food and drinks allowed in the buildings, and photos are not permitted. Guests are asked to lower their voices and not wear offensive clothing. The full list of rules are listed here.
There’s much more than just the Shrine
Although the Shrine is certainly the most recognizable part of the Alamo, there really is much more. There’s the Long Barrack, gift shop, Alamo Hall (a facility for special events), theater with introduction movie, a wall of history, and beautiful gardens. The Alamo also offers educational programming – check out the online calendar for more info.
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