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Mission San Luis Rey

Address: 4050 Mission Ave., (Highway 76), Oceanside, CA 92057
Phone Number: 760-757-3651
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Picnicking, Shopping
Owner description: This historical mission was at one time the largest building in California and is now home to 14...
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Type: Missions, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Picnicking, Shopping
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This historical mission was at one time the largest building in California and is now home to 14 monks and offers accommodations for those on retreat.

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Canton, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

From the cool cemetery to the old mission and museum, this is a great place to visit to learn about history of the area. The little ladies working there are so informative and helpful.

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Wisconsin
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152 reviews 152 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

As all California Missions, this one is not to be missed. Interesting historical information and beauty

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Seattle
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Mission San Luis Rey is all about the history of this area. Amazing painted church to visit and beautiful building.

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Lompoc, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We're on a quest to visit all 21 California missions. This is a big one. It's still being used by the Franciscans so you can't enter the beautiful court yard which was a bit of a disappointment. They do have the largest pepper tree in the US. Church itself is gorgeous. I'm not sure but I believe this is the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
43 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It was good to see this Mission as I had missed out on others along the way. There is a small entrance fee, a museum, a short film of the history which was interesting. We did not get into the area where the old graves were as it was getting late and it was closing at 5 p.m. Interesting to... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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212 reviews 212 reviews
16 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Perched high on a hillside east of Oceanside, this mission is a treasure to the area. You can visit the church (which is very much a work in progress to keep it up) and the grounds and cemetery. The gift shop was also nice.

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Oceanside, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful white, and well restored original California mission, right off Hwy 76 in Oceanside. Tour the chapel, and rest of grounds and mission buildings on your own. Plenty of history to learn about. Visit the gift shop.

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San Diego, CA
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147 reviews 147 reviews
41 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Lovely mission that doesn't get the attention of the others in San Diego. Visit during the Day of the Dead festivities, usually late October, and take part in celebrations that are mostly very traditional (except maybe the car clubs, but they were great, too.) Be sure to buy a bunch of marigolds to lure the spirits back to this world.

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Atascadero, California
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283 reviews 283 reviews
102 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What a lovely Franciscan church founded in 1798 I believe I'll have to check that one it is part of those missions going up the state of California. Some reason I haven't been to this one before and I find it to be very similar in creation in layout axnd architecture. The mission closest to my house is in San... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

There really isn't much to do or see here. The church was amazing-large and beautifully painted. Other than that, could only see things on the outside of the mission so it was a very short visit. First time I've visited a mission without being able to spend time exploring the grounds and buildings.

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