San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio , Texas, USA. Catholic religious orders founded these outposts to spread Christianity among local indigenous peoples. Such missions were part of a program of colonization that extended across the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries throughout the Spanish Southwest.
The park was originally founded in 1975 as the Mission Parkway on the San Antonio City’s southern side of the National Register of Historic Places containing 84 different historical sites along the San Antonio River. The National Historical Park was approved into this listing on November 10, 1978. It was built on 1 April 1983, with various cultural sites and some natural areas. The Archdiocese of San Antonio owns parts of the four missions, and they are all managed as active parishes.
The missions were added to UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in July 2015.
The missions are located in geographical order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) as follows: Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada; It is due east of Mission San Juan, across the canal, to the Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park.
San Antonio ‘s fifth (and best known) mission, the Alamo, is not a part of the Park. It is located upstream from Mission Concepción, in the center of San Antonio, and is owned by Texas State. The Alamo was run by the Republic of Texas Daughters until July 2015, when jurisdiction was handed over to the Office of the Texas General Land.
The grounds of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The park is closed for Thanksgiving, New Years Day and Christmas.
On the grounds of the four missions, family pets are allowed as long as they’re on a leash or being held. They won’t be allowed into the churches or park buildings.
Please police your pets and place the waste in a trashcan.
Please do not carry leashed pets to the Yanaguana Nature trail at Mission San Juan to protect the wildlife of the park.
Since San Antonio Missions is an urban park, there are no products or facilities inside the park. Within the immediate vicinity you can find many restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and shops. Within the metropolitan area, a number of motels and hotels are available at all price points.
There is no bottled water sold across the park. Either carry a refillable bottle to the park shop, or buy one. You can find water fountains and water bottle filling stations all over the city.
This amazing kid-friendly park is located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, along with these other must-see parks you shouldn’t miss:
- Brackenridge Park
- Pearsall Park
- Orsinger Park
- Brooks Park
- Kiddie Park In the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
- Woodlawn Lake Park
- San Pedro Springs Park
These amazing family-friendly parks are located just down the street from our location at 20770 U.S. Hwy 281 N #107. Stop by for a visit anytime!