Mission activities in San Antonio
Spain's missionary presence can best be felt at the ruins of the four missions south of town. Together, Missions Concepción , San José (1720), San Juan (1731) and Espada (1745–56) make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Stop first at Mission San José, which is also the location of the main visitor center. Known in its time as the Queen of the Missions, it's certainly the largest and arguably the most beautiful. And because it's a little more remote and pastoral, surrounded by thick stone walls, you can really get a sense of what life was like here in the 18th and 19th centuries.