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Things to do in Mission San José

Our most recommended things to do in Mission San José

San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

1. San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

Experience San Antonio with this group tour as you explore the Alamo and Spanish colonial missions, go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, and cruise the river on an electric barge. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour of the Alamo. Hear about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. Next, take in the sights at the vibrant Historic Market Square. Listen to the stories of people who came to the Spanish missions in the 1700s. Take some free time to see the living quarters, compound walls, and the church. Drive past La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, and the San Fernando Cathedral. Get insightful narration on the drive. Travel on a 35-minute river cruise. Relax, as you sail through La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for panoramic views of San Antonio.

San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

2. San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the great city of San Antonio. Throughout this experience, you will visit several of the Spanish-influenced landmarks on the river, which was named in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Travel to sites such as Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Francisco de Espada on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Watch birds and wildlife along the new Mission Riverwalk Hike and Bike Trail, and experience mission life at Mission San Jose and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center. Later, view original frescoes at Mission Concepción, before seeing the old Espada Acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct which are still in use today. You will also enjoy mission silhouettes with Spanish and Moorish-influenced architecture against the South Texas Sky, which makes for a magical sight.

From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

3. From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

Begin your 7-hour tour of San Antonio, Texas with a complimentary downtown Austin hotel pickup. Your local guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to a fresh & clean Mercedes Metris van, ready to start your journey to San Antonio, Texas. Enjoy a short commute between the two cities and witness iconic Texan points of interest along the way. You will drive through two notable major cities, New Braunfels and then San Marcos and pass by notable points of interest along the way such as the Texas State Capitol, Natural Bridge Caverns, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels, and Congress Avenue Bridge. Your guide will narrate and provide ongoing highlights about the surrounding area along the drive. Upon arriving in San Antonio, you will visit the local cultural icon, The Alamo, where you can stand in the footsteps of heroes from long before. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour that leads you through the courtyard revealing the infamous story of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications including the 16 pounder cannon, palisades, and barracks. Be transported to your next location on the tour while learning about fun historic highlights and local insights. Take the opportunity to learn about the local area with a Q & A with your friendly guide. Next stop, the popular San Antonio Spanish Missions where your guide will lead you through Missions San Jose. Witness the the city's stonewalls and granary that give this place its unique character. Take a 190-meter elevator ride to the top of Tower of the Americas to witness the most magnificent panoramic view of the city at the Tower’s Observation Deck. Afterwards, your guide will lead you to the city’s most enchanting experience at the world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway on a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk Boat Cruise. Enjoy the charm of the winding urban river on a silent, electric, and colorful barge while experiencing stunning architecture, lively culture & music. The boat cruise will lead you past multiple points of interest such as the city’s very first neighborhood La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Finally, your local guide will transport you back to your downtown Austin, Texas Hotel.

3 Hour Historic Spanish Missions Bike Tour Southern Route

4. 3 Hour Historic Spanish Missions Bike Tour Southern Route

Start and end your Tour just south of Mission San Jose on Mission Road. Directions and instructions will be provided in your confirmation email once you book the tour. Join us for a 13 to 14-mile (4-hour) guided bicycle tour of Mission San Juan and Mission San Jose with other fascinating stops. You will ride on the beautiful Mission Reach Trail which winds along the San Antonio River. At each mission, your tour guide will take time to walk the grounds with you and talk about the 18th-century Spanish Colonial period. You will gain an understanding of how these missions transformed the daily lives of the mission inhabitants, impacted the surrounding communities, and help mold the culture of San Antonio and South Texas. In addition to Mission San Juan and Mission San Jose, other points of interest along the tour route include the Espada Dam, the Whispers art installation, the Espada Aqueduct, and the mission acequia systems. Your tour guide will briefly stop at each location and provide an overview. This is our shortest bicycle tour in distance and duration. It is a great introductory tour of the Spanish Missions of San Antonio and the Mission Reach Trail. The majority of the tour route follows the Mission Reach Trail, large portions of which are in direct sunlight. The pace of the tour is relaxed, but please make sure you are physically able to bicycle 8 to 9 miles, get off and on bicycles at multiple stops and walk the grounds of 2 missions. The route is relatively flat but does have a few rolling hills.

San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

5. San Antonio: City Sightseeing Van Tour

See all the highlights that San Antonio has to offer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the city’s history and culture on this city tour, offered as a half day or full day tour! After convenient hotel pickup in the downtown area, you’ll be off and running. See the best of San Antonio's unique downtown architecture as you drive through the Museum district. Check out St. Paul Square and see the Alamo Dome as you pass the Rivercenter Mall. You'll also see iconic sites like the the JFK Parade Route on the day before his assassination and the stunning San Fernando Cathedral.  The morning tour option includes going such sights as the Main Plaza to see the beautiful Plaza de Armas, City Hall, and the Tobin Performing Arts Center before making your way to El Mercado — the oldest and largest Mexican market in the United States. Enjoy lunch with the group (at your own expense) and learn a bit about Hispanic culture and its influence on San Antonio before heading out to the second half of your tour. For the afternoon tour, you'll be able to check out the San Antonio River locks, visit the Pearl Brewery Redevelopment district, and see Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Also, drive by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Zoo. Another stop will be made at the Japanese Tea Garden, where you can explore at your leisure. End your day in the Mission Reach, known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mission Concepcion where you have the opportunity to snap a photo of this iconic cathedral. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, having seen most all of what San Antonio has to offer.

Historic Spanish Missions 4 Hour Bike Tour

6. Historic Spanish Missions 4 Hour Bike Tour

Go on an adventurous 4 hour guided bicycle tour of Mission Espada, Mission San Juan and Mission San Jose along with other fascinating stops along the way. You will ride the beautiful and scenic Mission Reach Trail which winds along the San Antonio River. At each mission your tour guide will walk the grounds with you and talk about the 18th-century Spanish Colonial period. You will gain an understanding about how these missions transformed the daily lives of the mission inhabitants, impacted the surrounding communities and help mold the culture of San Antonio and South Texas. In addition to Mission Espada, Mission San Juan and Mission San Jose, other points of interest along the tour route include the Espada Dam, the Whispers art installation, the Espada Aqueduct, the Arbol de Vida art installation and the mission acequia systems. Your tour guide will stop briefly at each location and provide an overview. The majority of the tour route follows the Mission Reach Trail, large portions of which are in direct sunlight. The pace of the tour is relaxed, but please make sure you are physically able to bicycle 13 to 14 miles, get off and on a bicycle at each stop and walk the grounds of 3 missions. Although relatively flat, the tour route does have a few rolling hills. The tour starts and ends at the same location, just south of Mission San Jose on Mission Road. Directions and instruction will be provided in your confirmation email once you book a tour.

3.5 hour Bike Tour Northern Historic Yanaguana Route

7. 3.5 hour Bike Tour Northern Historic Yanaguana Route

Start and end your tour in the same location, just south of Mission San Jose on Mission Road. Directions. All instructions will be provided in your confirmation email once you book a tour. Join a 12 mile guided bicycle tour along the beautiful and scenic Mission Reach Trail as it winds along the San Antonio River. The tour takes you to Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and other fascinating sites. At each mission, the local tour guide will walk the grounds with you and talk about the 18th-century Spanish Colonial period. Understand how these missions transformed the daily lives of the mission inhabitants, impacted the surrounding communities, and helped mold the culture of San Antonio and South Texas. Additionally, the tour guide will discuss the importance of the San Antonio River to the region and cover portions of local 19th and 20th Century history. In addition to Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose, other stops along the tour route include the Co-Cobijos art installation, the River Return art installation, and the historic Hot Wells of Bexar County. Your tour guide will stop briefly at each site and provide an overview. This tour is our most challenging bicycle tour (but still very manageable) due to the rolling hills along the route. It offers a more in-depth history of the San Antonio River, as well as San Pedro Creek. It also offers a wider range of history and is a great compliment to our Heart of San Antonio walking tour and/or a visit to the Alamo. The majority of the tour route follows the Mission Reach Trail, large portions of which are in direct sunlight. The pace of the tour is relaxed, but please make sure you are physically able to bicycle 11 to 12 miles, get off and on a bicycle at each stop and walk the grounds of 2 missions.

San Antonio: Mission San José Guided Walking Tour

8. San Antonio: Mission San José Guided Walking Tour

Take a trip back in time and explore the streets of the Mission San José area of San Antonio on a tour with a guide. Learn about the neighborhood's history and discover why it is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start the tour outside the Mission San José Church and begin your walk through the neighborhood's historic streets. Learn why Mission San José is known as the 'Queen of the Missions', as well as being a UNESCO site and a National Historic Park. Hear about the Mission system which ruled the area in the 1700s, from its origins to its eventual decline. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the town, suitable for all groups including families with children.

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