|L Wilson, Co-op Member|
|My short review is that we LOVE this mission. It is beautiful, the grounds have tons of green space and many oak trees that could have been around when the missions were in their prime. My children are all under the age of 8, and we spent a few hours there each time of three separate trips (so far). If you are seeking high entertainment, this isn't it, but if your family enjoys history and seeing different spaces, this is a great opportunity. Be aware that the church can be unavailable to see inside on weekends if there is a wedding or other event. |
Of the 4 remaining missions other than the Alamo, this mission is the largest. It is also the only one with a formal visitors' center. It also has the oldest mill is Texas on site, but you need to know it is there. It is back behind the church, and you have to walk through the walls out back to find it.
The film in the visitors' center is informative. The rose window, which the mission is famous for is certainly of note. In the fall there is a very well done family Archaeology Day (October in 2017) that teaches more about the missions and their history.
There are altar spaces available for rental for families during Dia De Los Muertos festivities.
It also has a gift shop attached to the visitors' center, a church gift shop within the walls of the mission, and often times a gallery with an art exhibit.
Because this is within the National Park Service, it does have a Junior Ranger Program available. (Booklets can be accessed online and printed beforehand https://www.nps.gov/saan/learn/kidsyouth/index.htm)