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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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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The San Juan plaza (the state park surrounds it) is a perfect stop if you've traveling north to south (or vice versus) or a good day trip for those in the Bay Area. I am thankful the state has preserved this so we can all see what the state was like more than a century ago. I love to take... More

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Boston
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

State Park features several restored buildings and exhibits of life in San Juan Bautista circa 1850. Very interesting overview and exhibits on the history of early settlement of California

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Kansas City, Kansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Mission San Juan Bautista is California's 15th mission and was in great shape. In addition to the mission itself there was a stable with large display of old buggy carriages and 1859 hotel which is now a museum. There are several other building with old artifacts and history plaques. A block away is the main street of the town that... More

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Fremont, California
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1,061 reviews 1,061 reviews
649 attraction reviews
750 helpful votes 750 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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
55 helpful votes 55 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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