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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Picnicking

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First Mission of Four We Visited While in California

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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 NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I visited this mission as a part of my El Camino Real travel project. One thing that touched me deeply during my visit was the display in one of the niches by the altar. It contained photographs of the local Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who died since 9/11. What a great memorial! Other than that, the Mission is wonderful,... More 

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Fresno, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a quaint little town overlooking an agricultural area. It's worth the stop along the way to Monterey. I'm a movie buff, so I always think of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" when I'm here. It was my friend's first visit to the mission, and she was as excited as an Elementary School student on their first field trip!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Be careful when you go that you don't accidentally enter the mission grounds through the back gate. We had to park on the other side of the school due to so many cars in town that day. As we walked past the school we saw a little archway that said Rectory and made our way through it. Turns out this... More 

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I was so happy to finally see my first mission. It's so neat to look at all the old items the buildings. The church is so awe inspiring.

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Additional Information about Mission San Juan Bautista

Address: 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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