Learn more about the history near your San Antonio home by visiting Mission San José. This beautiful site is a part of the National Park Service and is located at 6701 San Jose Drive in San Antonio. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Founded in 1720, Mission San José is the biggest of the five missions in San Antonio. Missions were not only churches, but communities that had the church as the focus. Visiting this site gives visitors a glimpse into life in the early 1700’s. The architecture is beautiful with big arches, a tall belltower, walls full of apartments, and a beautiful Rose Window.

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Start your visit to the mission at the Visitor Center. There is an informative 23 minute video called Gente de Razon - People of Reason. Catch the film every half hour, take a look around the museum, and browse the WNPA bookstore. Also stop into the gift shop to grab a souvenir to take back to your San Antonio home. When finished, explore the grounds on your own while looking at the informational placards, or choose to go on a ranger led program. These tours are free and usually last about 45 minutes. Tours are available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily. Mission San José is still an active parish and invites guests to join them for mass on Sundays.

Drive to the mission or consider making a whole day of it and explore the Hike and Bike Trail. This trail runs along the San Antonio River and connects the five missions in the city. These missions include The Alamo, Mission San Juan, Mission San José, Mission Espada, and Mission Concepcion. Each mission is about 2.5 miles from the last. Experience many neighborhoods filled with beautiful San Jose real estate, farmland, animals, and many native plants along your journey. Find more information about all of the San Antonio Missions and more details about the Hike and Bike Path here.