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Mission San Juan Bautista

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Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Picnicking

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It's Not My Fault

The coolest part about visiting the mission is it is on the San Andreas fault. It is possible to see the fault line if you know what to look for. The mission is well preserved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Modesto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The coolest part about visiting the mission is it is on the San Andreas fault. It is possible to see the fault line if you know what to look for. The mission is well preserved and a major historical monument in California history. It is less than a 5 minute drive from U.S. 101 and State Route 156. Why not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Really a great experience. We spent a lot of time, and it was worth every minute. A must see if you are in the area.

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Kentfield, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Sitting next to the San Andreas fault, it has sure challenged this mission through the years. A bonus are the various animal tracks preserved in the aisles: a fun treasure hunt for kids. The grounds and buildings nearby complete a sense of frontier life in the olden days. The staff is very welcoming here and the gift shop has some... More 

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What's so special about Mission San Juan Bautista is that it is as close to what I imagine the mission was originally, without having been "gentrified" as many of the missions have been. The town is a walk back in time. A nice get-away from the bay area - close and yet so far.

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virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We visited 4 Spanish missions on our recent trip to California. Both of us grew up in California so in the fourth grade we had California history and the memorable unit on the 21 Spanish Missions in the state. Our first mission on the trip was San Juan Bautista, (St. John the Baptist). It was founded in 1797 by Femin... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Visited Mission San Juan Bautista with my family and we all enjoyed walking through the many historic rooms filled with so many antiques and memorabilia. I loved the church! It's so peaceful there and it is a great place to bring your kids and the whole family to learn a little about our historic San Juan Bautista!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

The mission is surrounded by a historic park that requires a separate ticket and is well worth it. The display of horse drawn vehicles is the largest I have seen. Take a look at the house of a lady who survived the Donner party. The mission itself is beautiful and the museum and cemetery are fascinating. The surrounding town has... More 

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Vallejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We came here for my son's 4th grade Mission project. We truly enjoyed walking around the beautiful Mission. Learned quite a bit about El Camino Real & why there are bells along some freeways in CA. Also, there's an excellent Mexican Restaurant, Jardines de San Juan, just a few blocks down the road and to the left. It was a... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited a total of 9 missions; San Juan Bautista has simplicity and beauty and is surrounded by a town and a State Park that celebrates its heritage.

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West Linn, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This mission has been lovingly preserved. The church is absolutely beautiful, especially with the afternoon sun streaming through the windows. The gardens are tranquil and pretty. The view of the bell towers brought back memories of the scenes in the movie, "Vertigo". It definitely is worth a visit!

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Additional Information about Mission San Juan Bautista

Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Juan Bautista
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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