Why Does Everyone Hate On The Alamo?


The Alamo Guide is part of the Final Four San Antonio Trip Report. Spoiler alert: Michigan didn’t win it all, neither did Arizona whom TPOL foolishly picked.

“Blink and you’ll miss it.” “There’s really nothing to see.” “I hate the Alamo.” That was the consensus of friends and strangers who descended upon San Antonio to see Michigan lose to Villanova. I do not understand why. While I’m not a fan of museums, I do like visiting historic sites. In Vietnam, my favorite attraction was the Cu Chi Tunnels. In China, it was the Great Wall. And in San Antonio, second to the timeless River Walk, was the Alamo.


Many people recall the catchphrase, Remember the Alamo, but most people have forgotten what they are supposed to remember. As a kid, I visited the Alamo and recall the story of Davy Crockett, a fearless soldier from Tennessee who heroically defended the Alamo mission against the onslaught of Santa Anna and his men. On March 6th, the Texans lost the battle to the Mexican forces in brutal fashion. On April 21st, with revenge on their minds, the Texans defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto with soldiers yelling Remember The Alamo as their battle cry.


Citing Wikipedia and according to Bill Groneman’s Battlefields of Texas, the Alamo has become “the most popular tourist site in Texas”.

TPOL’s TIP: There is no fee to visit the Alamo.

Alamo Hack 

There’s a line to enter the Alamo itself. If you go around the left side of the Alamo you can sneakily enter through the exit. Note that pictures are not allowed inside the walls of the Alamo. 

Alamo Souvenirs 

I highly suggest a Davy Crockett raccoon hat. I still have mine from years ago. It’s a great look if you’re going for Raccoon Mario for Halloween.

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier


Remember The Alamo! Not because it is a tourist attraction but because of its historical significance to American history.



  1. I didn’t know people hated on The Alamo. It is very historic and even a reverent place. I think some just walk by the gift shops or drive by and don’t really appreciate the history or even know anything about the war with Mexico that had a big impact on the US Civil War a few years later.

  2. It infuriates me to visit the Alamo with so many people who just treat it like a boring tourist attraction. The Alamo is a shrine to those brave men who died defending everything Texas stands for. People entering here should show some respect and reverence.

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