March 6th was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.
I know many families will be visiting San Antonio and The Alamo during spring break and on summer vacation. We’ve visited the Alamo a number of times and can share a few highlights, logistics and educational links.
The Alamo for Kids
Let’s face it you cannot visit San Antonio without visiting the Alamo and the River Walk. Okay, you could skip the Alamo and opt for Fiesta Texas and Sea World, but that would be just plain wrong!
At first many find the Alamo shocking. Yes, shocking! Those who are visiting the Alamo for the first time are bit surprised (and let down) to find it located right in the middle of busy downtown San Antonio, flanked by attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
But do not despair. With a bit of know how, The Battle of the Alamo can easily be brought to life for children.
Most of the original grounds of the Alamo mission is gone. Hence, the church has become the iconic symbol for The Battle of the Alamo.
Know Before You Go:
- The Official Alamo Website
- History of the Alamo
- Location and Directions
- Open Daily 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Parking Lots are available throughout downtown San Antonio. Budget at least $15.00.
The price of entry to the Alamo is a bargain: FREE!
But never fear, there is a gift shop that helps fund the operation of the Alamo and its educational programming.
The grounds are quite nice and offer plenty of leisurely walkways and open spaces for kids to explore.
Of course my children are always drawn to the giant goldfish. Giant as in 2 – 3 ft long! I have to admit, they are actually quite pretty.
Learning About the Alamo
We were lucky during our visit to the Alamo to find men dressed in handmade, authentic period clothing, giving demonstrations of the weapons used during The Battle of the Alamo. Two words for you . . . LOUD and smokey!
Helping Kids Make the Most of the Alamo Experience
Alamo: The Price of Freedom IMAX
- See the IMAX movie before visiting the Alamo.
- The docu-drama recreates battle scenes and dramatic incidents involving such famous historical figures as David Crockett, William Barret Travis, James Bowie, Juan Seguin and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
- While not overly graphic, this is by far the bloodiest movie my kiddos have seen. They were a bit surprised by the battle and blood but not scarred for life.
- Located in The River Center Mall
- Parking is free in The River Center Mall if you have your parking ticket validated at the IMAX Theater.
- For movie times visit the AMC website.
- The lobby of the IMAX theater includes history, artifacts and a miniature model of the original Alamo.
- You can locate current downtown San Antonio streets to help bring perspective to the original Alamo.
- A must stop before you visit the Alamo is an interesting little store, The History Shop, located on a side street across from the Alamo.
- The History Shop features a model of the Alamo purchased by Phil Collins. Yes, the singer Phil Collins. Apparently, he is a huge Alamo buff. Who knew!
- Phil Collins also narrates an interesting audio and light show teaching the history of the Alamo.
- Amazingly, this little history show brings The Battle of the Alamo to life.
- $5.00 charge for the show (no charge for the kids).
- Through the floor of The History Shop, you can also view an Actual Battle Site Excavation along with many artifacts found in the dig.
Texas and The Alamo Education Fun
- Read the Alamo series by Melodie A. Cuate. MacGyver has read all of these and can’t wait to read more. He thoroughly enjoys them. Not bad for “history” books.
- FREE printable Texas State Symbols Coloring Book
- FREE online Texas State Symbols Coloring Book
- FREE printable Alamo History Hunt to be used during a Visit to the Alamo from the Official Alamo Website
- Building a Scale Model of the Alamo from the Official Alamo Website
- The American Experience Remember the Alamo from PBS
- Remembering Davy Crockett from PBS
- Get to know Davy Crockett. My kiddos consider him a real hero and always want to know more about this brave, character of a man.
More San Antonio Attractions for Kids
- Of course you’ll need to take a Riverboat Tour
- Riverboat Tour Information and Fares
- To beat the heat, try a nighttime cruise.
- Institute of Texan Cultures
- San Antonio Botanical Gardens
- Pearle Brewery on The River Walk is the quiet end of The River Walk with Dinning, Shopping and a beautifully landscaped walk along the river.
- La Gloria’s Restauran in the Pearle Brewery boast a big green yard along The River Walk where the kids to run and play. Outdoor seating available.
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