Whether you are studying the Spanish Mission period or the Texas Revolution, the Alamo is the perfect place for students to learn more about Texas history. Use this guide to plan a meaningful, educational trip to the Alamo for your students.
STEP 1: Make a Reservation
Please complete our online reservation form or call the Alamo at least two weeks prior to your scheduled trip. This will ensure that adequate staff is on hand to assist you. Please be prepared to provide the name of your school, number of students, and the date of your visit. Contact the School Group Coordinator at (210) 225-1391 ext. 177.
Please note that the busiest season for school visits is March – May. Visiting during other months of the year may make your experience a better one.
STEP 2: Plan your trip
The Alamo is located at 300 Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
To reach the Alamo from U.S. 281/Interstate 37 southbound, exit at Houston Street, turn right, and proceed three blocks to Avenue E, turn left and continue to the intersection of Houston and Alamo Plaza.
From Interstate 37 northbound, exit at Commerce Street, turn left on Commerce and proceed ten blocks to Alamo Plaza, turn right and continue on one and one half blocks. Parking is available at several pay lots in the vicinity of the Alamo.
Buses may unload their passengers at the Houston Street gate or the Crockett Street gate, however, buses are not allowed to park in these areas.
School and Tour Bus Short-Term Parking Facilities are available nearby. Parking Lot A at the Alamodome is free to buses when there is not a scheduled event. Please call Dome Security at (210) 207-3680 to make a reservation.
Planning Your Experience
(Self-guided, available on first-come, first-served basis)
- The Alamo Church & Grounds
Entrance to the Alamo is free, and school groups are welcome to take self-guided tours through the buildings and grounds. This includes entrance to the Alamo Church and the Long Barracks exhibition, along with the other activities listed below.
- History Talk: A Story Bigger Than Texas
Several times throughout the day, Alamo History Interpreters give History Talks in Cavalry Courtyard. These talks are approximately 15-20 minutes long and are followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. Cavalry Courtyard can hold a maximum of 150 students sitting on the benches and on the ground. History Talks are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
- Film: The Alamo: Crossroads of History
The Alamo Orientation film provides a short synopsis of the history of The Alamo. The film runs throughout the day in two locations – The Long Barrack Museum and the Arbor – and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
- Living History Encampment
Alamo Living Historians conduct demonstrations of period skills and crafts throughout the day in the encampment in the Alamo Gardens. Subject matter experts in firearms, medicine, textiles, food, and more will interact with your students while reinforcing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Guided Tour Options
For a deeper educational experience, the Alamo recommends guided tours for students. The tours below are offered at a discounted rate to school groups. Please contact our School Group Coordinator at 210-225-1391 ext. 145 to schedule.
- Alamo General History Tour
The Alamo General History Tour is a one-hour guided tour. An Alamo History Interpreter will personally guide your class through the buildings and grounds while explaining the history of the mission and the fortress, creating a memorable educational experience for students. $12 per student
- Alamo Audio Tour
The Alamo Audio Tour is a 45-minute audio production featuring sound effects, music, and interviews with the Alamo Historian and Curator, Dr. Bruce Winders, and other Alamo staff members. The audio tour is available for rental seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $5 per student.
- Alamo After-Hours Tour
Retrace the footsteps of the past in the solitude of an Alamo After-Hours Tour. Your exclusive evening will include a private, personalized tour of the Alamo church and the Long Barrack Museum. $25 per person; $500 minimum
School groups may eat lunch on Alamo Hall Patio when not in use. Please note that lunch space is very limited and no tables are provided. Groups are responsible for their own ice chests, lunch bags, etc. Please do not pull or carry large ice chests through the buildings.
STEP 3: Arrival
Check in with the Alamo School Group Coordinator in front of the Alamo Church upon arrival. You can recognize our staff in their red Alamo polo shirts.
Let the coordinator know the name of your group and any tours you have registered for. The School Group Coordinator will provide more information about history talks, information on special events, and where to meet your tour guide.
Teachers/chaperones will be given stickers so that our staff can more easily identify groups. Groups that have registered will be given immediate access into the church without standing in line.
Rules of Behavior for Group Visitors
Please review the following rules with your students before your visit.
- All students must stay with their chaperones at all times.
- Be respectful of other visitors. Please use quiet voices when inside buildings. Remember, the Church is a memorial to the men who died here on March 6, 1836.
- Help us defend the Alamo! These buildings are more than 250 years old. Please do not touch, lean or write on the walls or display cases.
- Please finish all food and beverages (other than bottled water) before entering any buildings.
- Be sure to get a picture in front of the famous Alamo Church, but please put your phones and cameras away before heading inside, as no photography is allowed inside the buildings.
- There are lots of exciting things to see and hear at the Alamo. Please stay safe and use the sidewalks to move around the grounds.
- Please visit the gift shop, but make sure students are accompanied by an adult. Help them ensure they have enough money before checking out and make sure they keep their purchases inside their bags until they have left the Alamo.
- Please contact an Alamo Staff member if you need assistance while on the grounds of the Alamo. We are here to assist you!
Ready to schedule your trip? Please REGISTER YOUR GROUP before your visit.