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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, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Type: Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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San Rafael, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
60 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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Calgary, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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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 

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Aptos, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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84 reviews 84 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

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Kansas City, Kansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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1,111 attraction reviews
1,047 helpful votes 1,047 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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