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San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

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Address: Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101, 2nd and Franklin Sts, San Juan Bautista, CA
Phone Number: 408 623 4881
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A Lovely Stroll Through History

The mission was closed for a private service during our visit, so we were only able to visit the mission arcade & gift shop, walk around the park and enjoy the view of the valley... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mission was closed for a private service during our visit, so we were only able to visit the mission arcade & gift shop, walk around the park and enjoy the view of the valley. San Juan Bautista is a fun and historic little town and very much worth an afternoon to explore. Parking was difficult to find, but that... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have visited the mission and seen the buildings at San Juan Historical Park several times. This time we went to see the Christmas tree that was set up in the park area. They labeled it Community Peace Tree - but to me, its a Christmas Tree. They had dwarves also by the tree.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Not much here, but it was really cool to see a 'ghost town.' Town was very quiet when we went (a Tuesday) but the old Spanish colonial architecture had such a quaint feel Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We happened upon the state park by accident on the 1st Saturday of the month when they do "living history" with period dress and activities. Spent around 2 hours touring the old buildings and talking to the locals. It was fun and interesting.

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Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

An interesting variety of historic buildings, and worth the modest price of admission. I was there on the first Saturday of September (Labor Day Weekend), hoping to see living history which is provided by volunteers on the first Saturday of every month. Except for a couple of very nice women doing a bread demonstration behind the Castro/Breen adobe, there wasn't... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

Plan your visit on the first Saturday of the month, when volunteer docents in period dress are on site for demonstrations. We saw a lace making demo, held antique firearms, got a lesson on cabin carpentry, and toured several buildings for only $3. It's well worth the fee and a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. I imagine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here by accident and were overwhelmed with the Mission and Plaza Hotel. The museum is inexpensive($3) and the exhibits are good. The museum gets a lot of visits from school children during the year so it is geared accordingly and makes it fun for everyone. There is a lot to see and you get a basic understanding not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Very cool to see the wide range of examples of carts and buggys that are in supreme shape. Great explanations for each one. Tools and equipment for running a farm long ago are there as well. Want to see how they use to live....what they're rooms looked like....it's here too. Cute little set up!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Very well laid out and fascinating. Best collection of horse drawn vehicles I have ever seen. It's only three dollars and the collection of antique farm equipment is well worth it. There is a house and old hotel that has many original artifacts inside. Great trip! The mission is just across the lawn. This park really shows how it must... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

It was nice to see and only cost $3 buck. If your in the area one should defiantly stop by. All the buildings are nicely restored.

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