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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
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Description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The...
Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens.
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Authentic Hispanic Town with Rich Historical Buildings and Surroundings

This is the place we go for authentic Mexican food and historical surroundings. Many nice restaurants and bars around for a great night out in Mexican style.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is the place we go for authentic Mexican food and historical surroundings. Many nice restaurants and bars around for a great night out in Mexican style.

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Cortland, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Mission on our way from Las Vegas to San Diego. We had heard of Capistrano of course for the swallows but didn't know about the Mission. Parking was easy, just below the Mission itself. The Mission has been painstakenly restored to allow the visitor to understand what it was like at the time. I was glad... More 

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Marin County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

A really amazing original California Mission, and well worth the price of admission. The history there is amazing and if you like religious or Catholic artifacts/history it is even better. The Serra Chapel, the oldest in CA, is amazing to see.

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Sausalito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I like visiting the Missions when I"m in the area, and really enjoyed Mission SJ Capistrano. The courtyards, fountains, exhibits, and beautiful arcades/cloisters were lovely. We visited on a day when the temps were great...in the 70's so were able to appreciate the beauty of the Mission's setting. Highly, highly recommended Nice to see some families there with their kids... More 

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Cave Creek, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have heard so much about the swallows return to Capistrano. While there I actually did see one swallow amongst the famous bells. This is a quaint visit to a historical mission to learn about the settlers and missionaries who built this hundreds of years ago. It is definitely worth a visit with pretty gardens, and ponds with koi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Workers were so kind, even took our pictures with the best views behind us. We got there late but workers were enthusiastic to share history and tell us about the swallows. Loved seeing the swallow nests!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful area to visit. There are loads of restaurants and shops too, but the mission grounds are really nice - bring a camera!

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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have traveled to many places where you can "feel" the age of the memories surround you. San Juan Capistrano Mission gave a glimpse into the past, and you could "feel" what it must have been like to live, work and survive at the mission. It has been wonderfully redone, yet kept the charm of the 1800's. This mission must... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We love this place so much we became members. The buildings and gardens are beautiful and take you back in time. They usually have Mariachis playing the second Saturday morning of the month. The exhibits and tour are informative and enjoyable. We've taken guests from toddlers to seniors and watched them get enchanted with different parts of this historical site.... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

While the mission has to be somewhat similar to all others, the Mission at San Juan Capistrano is large, airy, has the "swallows - story" going for it, is very well maintained and labeled throughout - and - adjacent to the Basilica, another historicla site - and - many restaurants and shops nearby. Definitely worth a visit, no matter how... More 

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MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO TOURS

Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum as your tour destination.

The Mission offers the following tours:

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Award Winning Audio Tour for Adults

"Voices of the Mission" (hear the audio tour on-line)

Free with adult and senior admission.

Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Vietnamese. Features music, history and storytelling about California history and uncovers the Jewel of the missions.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

Audio Tour For Children

Saved by the Mission Bell:

A Child’s Journey Through California’s History

Free with child admission.

Available in English and Spanish. This humorous and imaginative audio tour is designed to engage 4th graders, but appropriate for children of all ages.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Swallows Walk & Talk Tour

New! Beginning Friday, March 1

Daily at 1:00 p.m.

Learn the facts about cliff swallows, view the swallows vocalization experiment and hear the legend of the Swallows of Capistrano.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Serra Chapel Tour

New! Beginning Sunday, March 3

Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

In honor of Father Serra's 300th birthday celebration, tour the Serra Chapel, the oldest operating church in California. Father Serra celebrated Mass in this chapel in 1783.

 

Daily Guided Tour

For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are available Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED

Weekend Guided Tour

For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED

Dine and Tour Package

Specifically designed for tour companies and group tours to experience two great historic venues at a discounted rate.

BY RESERVATION ONLY

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Docent Guided Tour

Docent guided tours truly enhance your experience at the Mission, our docents dressed in their historic attire do a wonderful job of hosting you through the 10 acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more. These tours are offered daily. Availability is limited, book in advance.

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Los Angeles

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