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San Antonio Mission Walk/Lunch/Bike Adventure

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Ready to stretch your legs? Try this piece of the San Antonio Missions Trail. Start at Mission San Jose and walk three miles south to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Much of the way the trail follows the San Antonio River. The starting point is known as the Queen of Missions; it was restored in the 1930’s as a WPA project and is near Southeast Military and Roosevelt Avenue.

Magnificient Art

Mision Church Mary

Photo Credit: Robert C Deming

The historic missions along the San Antonio River are part the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. There is lots of information on the history and structures at each mission. This magnificent artwork is in San Fernando Cathedral easily accessed from the River Walk and downtown.

San Juan Mission is a Three-mile Walk from Mission San Jose

Mision Trail Map

Photo Credit: Robert C Deming

The trail has an excellent surface and little elevation change, so the three miles will take you an hour to an hour-and-a-half. By the time you have explored the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano you will be hungry.

Lunch at Esmerelda’s


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Fortunately, Esmerelda’s Restaurant is close by. Their excellent gordita plate is enough for two people to share. You will now have enough energy for the return trip, and a desire to walk off some of this fantastic food.

Biking Your Return

Mision Flower

Photo Credit: Robert C Deming

Instead of walking the three miles back to the starting point, rent a bicycle for $12 and ride back in only thirty minutes. You will have had an adventure and want to visit more of the missions on the San Antonio Missions Trail.