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San Antonio Mission is FREE for Everyone and definitely worth visiting if you are PCSing to San Antonio or Vacationing in the area.
A New God and King
After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.
The four mission churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active catholic parishes, and hold regular services. They are open to park visitors during park hours, except for special services, such as weddings and funerals.
Things To See and Do, Briefly
When visiting San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, plan to spend at least a couple of hours - four hours if you have the time. Free guided tours, movies, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.
Besides the four historic missions and their churches, check out the grist mill at Mission San José, and the 270-year old Espada acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct. The San Juan Demonstration Farm has recently come on-line, with programming periodically scheduled during the year.
The Spanish missions were established on the frontier and there are still portions of native habitat excellent for birding. A section of the original river can be viewed from the nature trail at Mission San Juan.
Finally, the San Antonio River Authority has completed Mission Riverwalk, which extends from just south of downtown San Antonio to beyond Mission Espada. The 10+ mile trail is perfect for both walkers and bikers interested in a natural view of the river. Portals indicate Mission Riverwalk exits to each mission.
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