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Visiting Guidelines

Rules of Reverence and Visitor Expression

The Alamo Complex stands as a memorial to not only the heroes of the Texas Revolution, but those who came before and after this historic battle who also built and shaped Texas. The Alamo also stands for freedom, and supports the freedoms laid out in our Federal and State Constitutions, including the free speech guarantees of the First Amendment. The following policy exists to ensure a positive experience for all guests, a safe and reverent atmosphere at the Alamo Complex, and the preservation of its historic structures for generations to come. Pursuant to those purposes, and as described below, only certain areas of the Alamo Complex are available for events and expression by members of the public. The remainder of Alamo Complex is a nonpublic forum. Alamo staff and official volunteers reserve the right to request visitors respect this policy or vacate the premises.

Attire 

As the Alamo Complex is a place of reverence, the Alamo staff and official Alamo volunteers reserve the right to request visitors to the interior and exterior features of the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza, whose clothing features obscene language or images, or encourages violent or illegal behavior, to conceal these messages or leave the Alamo Complex.

Out of respect and reverence, guests are asked to remove their hats before entering the Alamo Church.

Nudity is not permitted anywhere at the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza. Alamo staff and official volunteers reserve the right to request visitors appearing nude or partially nude to clothe themselves or leave the Alamo Complex. Local, state, and federal rules and laws regarding indecent exposure, public lewdness, and indecency will be enforced when applicable.

Photography/Videography, Cell Phones and Drones

The State of Texas has a substantial interest in preserving the Alamo Complex, its structures and history for generations to come. As certain technology has the potential to damage these structures and endanger visitor safety, guests can use their cell phones anywhere other than inside the Alamo Church and Long Barrack.

Out of respect for other guests, use of a handheld device without headphones or ear buds, including cell phones, to play music, recordings, or other sound is not permitted at the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza.

Use of a drone, for personal or professional purposes, is not permitted anywhere at the Alamo Complex, including on Alamo Plaza, without an approved permit application.

Photography for private, noncommercial use is permitted at the Alamo Complex. Photographs cannot be commercially published, sold or otherwise distributed without execution of a license agreement.  Special areas and exhibits may prohibit photography from time to time. The use of flash is prohibited inside the Alamo Complex historic structures. Tripods and other equipment are only allowed upon issuance of a right of entry agreement for professional photography or videography.

For media and other special photography or videography inquiries, please contact the Alamo Trust, Inc.’s content and media specialist by phone at 210-225-1391.

The Alamo Trust, Inc. and the Texas General Land Office reserve the right to withhold or withdraw photography and videography permits, licensing and image use agreements at their discretion.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Hoverboards, Segways

To ensure structural preservation and visitor safety, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, hoverboards, Segways and related modes of transportation, motorized or not, are not permitted at any of the interior or exterior features of the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza. Visitors are welcome to take any such mode of transportation to the Alamo Complex, as long as the vehicle itself does not reach the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza.

Pursuant to San Antonio City Ordinance Article XIX, Section 19 operation and parking of motor-assisted scooters and similar modes of transportation is not permitted at Alamo Plaza. Under Section 19-667, the City of San Antonio has the power to enforce regulations related to motor-assisted scooters and take necessary action upon observing a violation. Under Section 19-668, “[a]ny person who violates any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and upon adjudication or conviction thereof shall be fined in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense.”

Strollers, Wheelchairs, and Similar Equipment

Strollers are permitted at the Alamo Complex. Wheelchairs, handicap electric scooters and any other mode of transportation authorized by medical professionals for handicap assistance are also permitted at the Alamo Complex.

Noise

Visitors to the Alamo Church, Long Barrack and other interior features of the Alamo Complex are asked to speak in tones which are respectful of others, as well as the sacrifice of the soldiers who gave their lives in the 1836 battle. Alamo staff and official volunteers reserve the right to request visitors engaging in excessive or disruptive screaming, yelling, chanting, or singing anywhere at the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza, to limit this behavior or leave the premises, when such behavior disturbs the safety, welfare, and/or educational experience of other visitors.

The State of Texas has a substantial interest in preserving the Alamo Complex, its structures and history for generations to come, and ensuring the safety of visitors thereto. To this extent, amplified sound equipment is not permitted within 50 yards of the Alamo Church or Long Barrack without prior consultation with the Alamo staff and permission of the Alamo Trust, Inc. and the Texas General Land Office, as amplified sound can have damaging effects on historic structures. Amplified sound equipment is not limited to, but includes, bull horns, auto horns, whistles, megaphones, microphones, lavalier microphones, boom poles, speakers, amplifiers, and other professional recording or listening devices which may emit sound at levels over 80 decibels.

Guests who wish to use amplified sound equipment for personal, professional or promotional purposes should contact the Alamo Trust, Inc. and the Texas General Land Office prior to visiting the Alamo Complex, including Alamo Plaza, with any such equipment. To ensure the safety of visitors and preservation of the historic structures, the GLO may issue a right of entry agreement specifying dates, times, and purposes for which the equipment may be used. The Texas General Land Office reserves the right to deny use of such equipment for purposes which are illegal and those that interfere with ongoing restoration and preservation projects at the Alamo Complex, daily maintenance operations of the Alamo Trust, Inc. and the GLO, previously scheduled events, the educational experience of guests, a reverent atmosphere, or that could endanger the health, safety, and/or welfare of visitors and Alamo staff and volunteers.

Promotion, Advertising and Soliciting

The State has a substantial interest in preservation of the Alamo Complex, which includes protecting the natural and historic environment of the Complex, preserving the reverent and educational atmosphere, and promoting preservation and restoration efforts. Thus, commercial speech, including promotional materials, advertisements and solicitations are not permitted at the Alamo Complex. Alamo staff and official volunteers reserve the right to request guests engaging in such behavior to cease the activity immediately or vacate the premises.

Any false or deceptive commercial activities will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.