We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101, 2nd and Franklin Sts, San Juan Bautista, CA
Phone Number: 408 623 4881
Website
Activities: Group tours/day tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 39 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Loved it!

Saw the surrey that Kim Novak sat in at the stable there, along with many others.....incredible house. Was informed by viewing "wash house" outside main house, Several buildings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
SanFranciscoVoyager
,
San Francisco
Add Photo Write a Review

39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Saw the surrey that Kim Novak sat in at the stable there, along with many others.....incredible house. Was informed by viewing "wash house" outside main house, Several buildings, all well presented and easy to access......most enjoyable....did not realize the Historic Park and Mission are two separate entities, so that surprised me.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Nicely done and welcoming. Friendly staff eager to share area's history. Be forewarned: lots of school groups.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bracknell, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Lovely place, really pretty little mission church (now functioning as the parish church) in small but well presented grounds. Only downside for me was that traffic is allowed to park all around the park square which rather spoils the views across each side as the buildings their are quaint. Recommended for a visit for a couple of hours, town has... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Outside Basingstoke
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
48 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This state park shouldn't be missed. It's easy to reach from Highway 101 though the signs are hopeless so head for the library and find the old town. The mission itself is huge, an attractive church with a simple museum set around pleasant gardens. But the museum is the best $3 you're likely to find. Located in a couple of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Rafael, California
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
81 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I've only been to about 6 of the California missions, but this has to be one of the best. The mission itself has been restored to almost perfection. The church is beautiful inside and there are many great old buildings in the park. Fantastic.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Awesome historic place to visit and get a small insight into life at the time. The carraiges are awesome and the jail that seats one built in the 1870's was awesome. The tools of the time, considering that this was deemed that latest technology and state of the art was great to see. Inexpensive to see and well looked after.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

There are a few nice historical buildings and a stable containing a good collection of historic carriages and horse drawn wagons. Admission is inexpensive (I believe $3 each). It is a pleasant place it spend an hour or two. It is located adjacent to the San Andreas fault, although visible evidence is not obvious.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dedham, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The park has 3 or 4 buildings, 2 or of which can be entered and toured. It is adjacent to the Mission. The Hotel is the most interesting of the buildings. There are costumes, period furniture, photos, and information about the history of the area and the culture. there is a small admission fee. Worth spending an hour or so... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aptos, California
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
45 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed San Juan Bautista State Historic Park also viewed

San Juan Bautista, CA
 

Been to San Juan Bautista State Historic Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from San Juan Bautista State Historic Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?