Visiting the Alamo While We’re Improving Visitor and Site Safety

July 11, 2019
Alamo Plaza with covered fencing around the Long Barrack
A view of the Alamo Church from across Alamo Street.

If you’ve seen the Alamo on social media or the news lately, you may have noticed several fenced areas in the plaza surrounding the iconic Alamo Church. At first glance, whether you’re already at the plaza or planning a summer trip, you may think this construction will impede your visit. Rest assured, the Alamo is still open and your visit will be the one-of-a-kind experience you expected.

The reason for this construction: to make the site safer and more secure for visitors like yourself. To do this, we are installing 3-foot-tall security bollards, each spaced 4-feet-apart for ease of accessibility.

As always, the Alamo is free and open to the public during our normal business hours.

You can access the Alamo by foot through the north corner by the Cenotaph, from the south end by Valero Plaza coming from The Menger Hotel, and from Alamo Street. On the map below, you can see the entryways to the Alamo, as well as the fenced work areas. However, the fenced areas are expected to shrink, upon final assessment this week of actual space needed for construction.

Construction map showing perimeter security improvements

Construction will occur in two phases; once this first phase is complete this fall, the fenced areas will shift to other areas. The second phase will occur on the north end of Alamo Plaza. This phase will not affect the visiting experience either, with the Alamo remaining open during winter business hours ( 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.).

Alamo preservation is a long-term project, and we encourage you to follow our preservation efforts. We also recommend that you follow the Official Alamo to stay up to date on special programming at the Alamo like Crockett’s Birthday Celebration, Cannon Fest, the Alamo Holiday Lights Ceremony, Commemoration, and more.

For any questions on construction, please contact the Texas General Land Office at 1 (800) 998–4456.