Looking for some Free Texas Fun for your upcoming Spring Break? Head on down to San Antonio and soak up a good history lesson at the Alamo.
You all ‘Remember the Alamo’ right? No? Of course you do, if you are a Native Texan… hello 4th grade Social Studies? If not, here’s the short version: The Alamo is a Spanish Mission built in what is now San Antonio, Texas. In March of 1836, a small group of Texans defended the Alamo against Mexico and were defeated. Because of this loss, Texans came together and won their independence against Mexico a month later under the leadership of Sam Houston. The adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence was 176 years ago today to be exact…..
And did you know that Texas has had 6 different sovereignties leading us? No? Let me name them for ya: Spain, France, Mexico, Confederate States of America, Republic of Texas, and the United States of America.
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The Alamo is Texas’ most famous shrine. It is a shock of history standing tall amongst the modern buildings in downtown San Antonio. But it is a beloved site and one that takes you right back into history.
The complex offers the mission, a museum filled with artifacts from the battle, and a gift shop where you can grab your very own Davy Crockett coonskin hat.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) have been the caretakers of The Alamo since 1905, but they do not charge admission. Visitors can explore the 4.2 acre complex for free.
The Alamo website offers some great fun – like a History Hunt and games for kids – to enhance their experience.
Many times, you can find re-enactments occurring on the plaza outside the Alamo. It’s fun to show the kids how much work goes into shooting a rifle during that time period. Click here to see the Alamo calendar of events.
If the history is too much for you, there is always a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum right across the street!
And a great addition to your visit to the Alamo, take in the IMAX’s Alamo The Price of Freedom – it’s a great movie telling the story of the Alamo on the big screen.
Texas Travel Facts on the Alamo:
Location: 300 Alamo Plaza (downtown San Antonio)
Hours: Mon-Sat (9 am -5:30 pm) Sun (10 am – 5:30 pm) During June, July & August, it remains open until 7 pm.
Recommended Time: 1-2 hours
Good to know: All ages welcome, weekends tend to be busier, strollers are fine
Rebecca, a local contributor, spends most of her time hunting down family fun around the Austin area for R We There Yet Mom? Currently, she is running a Texas Travels Spring Break Series to help you plan all sorts of fun for the upcoming break. Follow her traveling-momma-isms (totally a word) on R We There Yet Mom?’s Facebook Page and Twitter.