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Mission San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Picnicking
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English first
Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Mission lies adjacent to the State Park, but is not part of it. Admission is inexpensive (I believe $3, like the State Park). We did not find the written guide particularly helpful. If one has an interest in historical missions, it is worth a look. Even if you are not too interested in such places it is not a... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

One of several Spanish missions we have visited. Unusual in that it sits only a few yards from the San Andreas fault. There is a lovely view of a nearby valley from the grounds, and a walking path along the fault line. the day we visited, a wedding was about to begin, so we cut our visit short.

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minneapolis
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were staying in Monterey and drove down to San Juan Bautista. This was well worth the 45 minute drive. The Mission is absolutely stunning with beautiful garden and a nice gift shop. I would highly recommend! Note: If you wish to light a candle for a loved one, you need to purchase in the gift shop and take to... More

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Boston
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This mission has survived multiple earthquakes (the San Andreas fault runs through the courtyard), but is a beautiful peaceful spot

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Menlo Park, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

historic and beautiful with a great Christams show in December. We liked the church, grounds and california history.

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San Bernardino, California
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167 reviews 167 reviews
73 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After watching many of the California's Gold series about the California missions, we make it a point to try and visit all of the missions. Despite visiting the Monterey area many times, we never visited the San Juan Bautista Mission. There is a State Park adjacent to the Mission with other historic buildings. While there are many similarities among the... More

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Washoe Valley
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This mission and the surrounding town feels as if they have been frozen in time. The mission itself is lovely. The view over the valley is lovely and very peaceful. A funeral was being held in the church while we were there and that brought the past into the present. it is an active mission although it is rooted in... More

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Fremont, California
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1,699 reviews 1,699 reviews
1,065 attraction reviews
993 helpful votes 993 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The historic mission San Juan Bautista was one of four established by Fr. Lasuen in the summer of 1797 and the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions in Alta, California. It is the centerpiece of this historic town - a town interesting to visit for its historical buildings, antique stores, history and restaurants. We enjoy visiting the grounds here, the museum,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We arrived to late to visit the museum or church but the buildings and setting are fantastic. very atmospheric. Glad we saw it!

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Los Angeles, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
49 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited five missions in five days and this was one of them. Every mission has its own flavor and unique characteristics. Mission San Juan Bautista was well worth a visit.

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