Mission San José
San José– the largest and most impressive of the San Antonio Missions –has evolved not only into a historic monument but well-preserved component of modern, local life. Part visitor center, part parish, part museum and part natural space, the National Park Service and Church operate the site in tandem!
The community was established in the 1700s by Spanish missionaries, who converted many Native Americans and taught them how to farm and work the land in exchange for protection.
Today the well preserved buildings and grounds are open to the public for tours, wandering and worship. The active parish holds a lively and popular Mariachi Mass, 12:30 on Sundays, that is not to be missed. The parks service offers walking tours and a great short film about mission life. If you're feeling energetic ride a B-Cycle bike here and leave it at a convenient kiosks.