San Antonio Missions National Park – San Antonio, Texas


Most people think of the Alamo when they think of San Antonio but luckily, thanks to the blog Wandering Off, I discovered that there are several other missions located in San Antonio.  Beautiful missions that still hold church services surrounded by beautiful plant life.  If you do visit San Antonio Missions National Park, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center which is located at  Mission San Jose and pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet.  As you visit each of the missions, your children can fill out the booklet and bring it back to the Visitor Center at the end. 

You can take a guided tour but with our small children we decided that it wasn’t wise to sign up for an all day guided tour.  We just grabbed a booklet and did a self-guided tour.  You do have to drive to each Mission because they are not close enough to walk.  We did see lots of bike riders as well.  One thing I would like to note here is that there was a lot of road construction going on when we visited.  We found the first three missions quickly and easily but it took us about 30 minutes to find a way to the fourth mission because of all the detours and closed roads. 










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    Biking sounds like a great idea to go around that national park. Also those photos remind me a lot of Antigua Guatemala’s church ruins.

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      Marina-We saw a lot of teenagers riding with their parents. It was very hot out so I probably wouldn’t have hopped on a bike but I think during the spring or fall it is probably beautiful.

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    Yes, this spot has a very South American feel to it, right in Texas! Thanks for sharing!

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    I have been to San Antonio quite a few times but have never visited these missions. We will definitely do it next time we head out to visit grandma and grandpa. They look gorgeous.


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