Mission San Jose Historical Park in San Antonio

Mission San Jose is one of five Spanish Colonial Missions in San Antonio. It is also the largest of the five Missions which run along the San Antonio River. Each of the San Antonio Missions have their own unique qualities. At Mission San Jose you will notice its distinctive size, as well as the rose window on the south side of the church. Mass continues to be held at the church for practicing Catholics.

Enjoying the architecture at Mission San Jose in San Antonio.

Mission San Jose is a fabulous sight to behold, and one of many dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. However, I would not take a dog into the church, especially while mass is taking place. There is plenty of walking space outside because the church is surrounded by a large wall. The San Antonio Riverwalk is also nearby which is a great place to hike or bike. Whether you are looking for dog friendly hiking or a historical tour, Mission San Jose in San Antonio is a must see.

Is There Parking At Mission San Jose?

The Mission contains a large parking lot and parking is free. After parking you will have the option of entering the visitors center, or the public restroom. If you get thirsty there is drinking water available in front of the restroom.

How Much Does Mission San Jose Cost?

You may visit the mission at no charge. This may be one of the best free things to do in San Antonio. Guided tours are also available and are also free.

The church at Mission San Jose.

When Do Tours Take Place?

Free tours take place four times a day. Tour times are 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. The Mission is open everyday from 9am – 5pm.

What Time Is Mass Held?

There is one mass held on Saturdays at 5pm. There are four masses held on Sundays at 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and noon. The early mass is given is Spanish while the rest are given in English.

Can I Get To The San Antonio Riverwalk From The Mission?

There is a path that leads to the San Antonio Riverwalk, but you will need to cover roughly one mile of ground. My dog and I have completed the hike a couple of times so far. Each time I noticed a parking lot closer to the Riverwalk. It may be a better option to park at Mission County Park because it’s right next to the river. If you do use the trail from Mission San Jose, it may feel a bit like walking through a jungle. The sights and sounds made me feel as if I was hiking in a rainforest. Both times I could have sworn I heard a baboon!

The first marker at you enter Mission San Jose.

Things To Do

There are several things to do at Mission San Jose in San Antonio.

  • Attend Mass on the weekends
  • Take one of four guided tours during the day
  • Self guide yourself through the Mission
  • Take pictures
  • Hike with your dog(s)
  • Hike to or from the San Antonio Riverwalk
  • Relax on a bench and enjoy the atmosphere
  • Watch a video in the visitors center
  • Shop at the visitors center
  • Read about the history on the markers

Are you looking for the best free things to do in San Antonio? Are you looking for dog friendly things to do? Do you want to visit a National Historical site in San Antonio? Mission San Jose will fulfill any or all of those things on your list. I’ve been to this particular Mission with my dog twice so far. We hiked, we took some good pictures, we learned more about the city in which we live, and we had fun doing it. I love the architecture and open space at this Mission. It’s a bit further from the Riverwalk than the other Missions, but the walk is very unique. Mission San Jose in San Antonio is a must see!

Abbey bathed in sunlight at Mission San Jose in San Antonio.


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