Things To Do
Summary: Enrich your Alamo visit
Cost: Varies per tour
The Alamo provides a variety of tours for visitors. Tours include an exciting Battlefield tour to help visitors relive the 1836 battle -- one of the most iconic battles in history. After Hours and VIP tours also available. These tours can be booked in advance for a small fee. Learn More
The Alamo Shrine
Summary: Visit the iconic church at the heart of the Alamo story
The center point of any visit to the Alamo is a visit to the iconic Alamo church, or shrine, with its ornate façade and distinctive architectural hump. This building was intended to be the main church for the Spanish mission but was never completed. During the 1836 Battle of the Alamo it was the location of many defenders last stand against Mexican troops. Step inside to see the names of the Alamo defenders, flags representing the wealth of nations from which the defenders hailed and other historical artifacts. Preservation work is ongoing — be sure to take a moment to look for decorations and architecture from the Spanish colonial period. Admission is, and always will be, free.
REMINDER: The Alamo church is maintained as a shrine to those who died. Please be respectful and follow the rules. Learn More
Ask a Docent
Summary: Tap into the wealth of knowledge about Alamo history
Volunteerism is vital to the story of the Alamo. Helpful and knowledgeable Alamo docents are available throughout the grounds for your questions. Look for the red vest!
The Long Barrack Museum
Summary: Visit the official Alamo museum
The long, low building to the front of the Alamo complex is actually the oldest building on the site. The foundation of this building served as the convento for the original Spanish mission dating back almost 300 years. While much of it has been removed or altered, this building gives visitors an idea of the size of the mission and remains a vital part of the Alamo story. In 1836, this building saw the most brutal fighting of the battle as defenders retreated inside once the outer walls had been breached. In the 1870s this building was used as a general store. Now, the building houses the Alamo Museum and hosts an interpretive exhibit, “The Alamo: A Story Bigger Than Texas.”
REMINDER: See a short film from the History ChannelTM to introduce you to the Alamo and the 1836 battle!
Wall of History
Summary: View 300 years of Alamo history at a glance
Visit this unique physical presentation of the 300 years of Alamo history. Adjacent to the Alamo Gift Shop, ceramic all-weather display boards tell the story of the Alamo from the 1700's to the modern era.
The Alamo Gift Shop
Summary: Purchase a memento to remember the Alamo and support operations
Cost: Gift shop is free; merchandise varies
To keep admission to the Shrine and grounds free, the Alamo depends almost entirely on sales of gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia from the Gift Shop, along with private donations. The Alamo Gift Shop was built in the early 1930s as a museum honoring the centennial of Texas independence. Remaining true to its history, visitors can peruse educational displays of authentic artifacts from the Alamo collection, while shopping for just the right keepsake or gift. Don’t miss the fudge counter with delicious local concoctions, or the Texana book nook. Shop Online
Summary: Hear the story of the Alamo as you walk the grounds
Cost: $7 per wand
The Official Alamo Audio Tour is a rich 45 minute audio production that brings the story of the Alamo to life. Featuring sound effects, music and interviews with Alamo curator and historian, Dr. Bruce Winders and other staff members, the tour is accessed with an audio wand with volume control. Rentals available daily from 9am through 4:30pm in English, Spanish, German, Japanese and French. Learn More
Summary: A lush oasis serves as memorial to Alamo defenders
As the city grew all around the Alamo, land was acquired for a memorial park to create a sense of reverence around the iconic Alamo Shrine. Today, these lush, green areas form an urban oasis that is in itself a destination. Tropical and native plants fill the space, with their shade cooling the area in the hottest summer.
Summary: Alamo Plaza is the gateway to the Alamo
While Alamo Plaza is not officially part of the modern Alamo complex, it was formed from the boundaries of the historic Alamo mission. In the middle of the Plaza the great grey Georgia marble Cenotaph, or "empty tomb" rises to commemorate the fallen defenders of the Alamo.