Missions

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It takes about 3 hours to get from Houston to San Antonio.  We arrived in SA at 1pm and headed straight to the first mission on the list, Mission Espada.  I won't go over each mission in detail, I'll end up copying from this site if I did, San Antonio Missions!!   Each mission is driving distance from one another, just follow the brown signs that lead to them.  There is no fee to enter the missions, but donations are accepted.

As far as being dog-friendly, all missions are dog-friendly.  We were in doubt at first, but we just asked one of the park guides at Mission San Jose and he said it was fine as long as the dogs are leashed and cleaned up after.

Espada Aqueduct
  For those missions that have ruins that are intact (roof and walls in place), then the dogs cannot go in... just in the outdoor "courtyard."  In the three missions listed below, the churches are still being used today.  There was actually a wedding ceremony going on at San Jose.  And at all three missions that we visited, several Quincenearas and wedding photos were taking place. 

Mission Espada

Espada Aqueduct

Mission San Juan

Mission San Jose

There is one other mission that we were unable to visit, which was Mission Concepcion. 

We checked in Best Western Posada Ana Inn - Airport.  This hotel is like 15-20 min. drive from downtown.  I chose the hotel because of the location, price, and because they allow dogs 20 lbs or less for free!  You just have to sign a waiver form at check-in.

at Mission Espada

In the evening, we went to El Mercado, a marketplace great for souvenir shopping and eating authentic Mexican food.  El Mercado is open from 10-6pm so try to make it early for shopping.  Inside the little food court, they actually sell margaritas but you can't take it outside with you.  At night when the shops are closed,  this turns into like party street, where little food booths are set up outside and mariachi bands play.  We ate burgers, funnel cakes, and gordita from the food booths.  Anyways, so this is where my dog freaked out.  All these drunk people kept coming up to her and were all oooh can i pet her, etc etc.  And then with the loud music, I tried to walk side by side with Ewok but she was so scared with the crowd that she kept stepping on my heels.  Poor thing.  Sooo, taking your dog to El Mercado is probably best during the day or early morning and not during party night. LOL

Since we left there pretty early, 9 or so, we were still hungry and we stopped by this shopping area (like an outdoor mall) called the Quarry Market that was about 5 min. away from our hotel.  Tons of stores and restaurants there - Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, canyon cafe, p.f. Changs, etc.  We stopped by Freddy's for frozen custard, it was delicious.

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Espada Aqueduct
Espada Aqueduct
at Mission Espada
at Mission Espada
Espada
Espada
in front of church at Mission Espa…
in front of church at Mission Esp…
Mission Espada
Mission Espada
Ewok rushing ahead of us to the Es…
Ewok rushing ahead of us to the E…
Espada Aqueduct
Espada Aqueduct
replica of San Juan Mission
replica of San Juan Mission
San Juan
San Juan
San Juan
San Juan
Stations of the Cross along the wa…
Stations of the Cross along the w…
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Statue of Mother Mary
Statue of Mother Mary
San Juan
San Juan
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