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San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101, 2nd and Franklin Sts, San Juan Bautista, CA
408 623 4881
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Type: Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

San Juan Bautista State Historc Park is a historic landmark that is close to the mission there. This was once the town square area. The park includes buildings frrom the 1880s such as the Plaza Hotel, the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall, Plaza Stabls, Castro-Breen Adobe, a park and jail and more. It is an interesting history of the Spanish, Mexican, and... More

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Hollister, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We went up to do a bit of geocaching and stayed to hike around and look at the fault lines and nature. Park is clean and WC assessable. Parking can be a chore, so be patient.

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San Jose
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There are so many things to do here, I am not really sure where to start. The town of San Juan Bautista is a relic in itself which makes it that much more charming. Take 101 to 156 and turn where it says downtown San Juan Bautista. There is a little restaurant called Dona Esther's. Take a right there if... More

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Parkdale, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We fortunately arrived on the one Saturday a month (1st Saturday) that docents were present and in costume. It was also the one day a year that they were featuring outdoor cooking with Dutch ovens. We were there when they rang the 'dinner bell', (triangle) and were treated to stews and deserts. Yum! http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=563

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Walnut Creek, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is one of California's fine state parks, and it surrounds the historic Mission San Juan Bautista. The entrance fee for the park doesn't cover the Mission, which is separate, but they are both very reasonable ($4 per person each and they also have discounts for seniors) The stable and blacksmith shop are especially interesting, and don't miss going through... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This was such an stmospheric place which has carefull preserved the buildings and layout of the Spanish plaza. There is also lots of good explanation and recreation of the various elements. Very many thanks to the ranger at the park who suggested to us that we also go to Big Basin to see the redwoods.

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Lompoc, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Even though my we have made countless trips to the Monterey Peninsula, we missed one of the most wonderful preservations of California history until our trip this summer. About 8 miles south of Gilroy, on the 101, is the route 156 East exit ( make sure you take the East exit, the West goes to Monterey). This takes you to... More

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Temecula, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I'm not normally impressed by touring old buildings. Looking at aging pictures and reading about the exploits of early settlers is not high on my list. However, seeing the bar - inside the house, yet - where cowpokes rode their horses in, sat on those horses while imbibing, and allegedly stayed on said steeds while playing pool on what looked... More

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San Juan Bautista, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We take all of our out-of-town visitors to tour the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. The Breen Hotel and Saloon was built and operated by the famous Breen family that survived the Donner Party crossing of the Sierras in the 1800's. The building has been preserved and on living history days comes alive again with old California charm. The... More

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Camp Connell, CA
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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Just off the main highway, this historic park (adjacent to the church-owned mission) includes several great examples of early Californio and Californian life. The Castro adobe was the home of the Mexican governor who first lived there, and then the home of the American pioneer Breen family of Donner Party fame -- they all survived and the sixteen year old... More

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