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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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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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What a Special Place!

Although we travel to California often it was our first visit to the mission. We took the 11:15 AM docent guided tour. It was a pleasant overview from CJ who is not only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a little disappointed. I guess it's on me, I had a vision in my head of what it would be like and it wasn't. It was interesting and did learn a few things, but not what I expected.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although we travel to California often it was our first visit to the mission. We took the 11:15 AM docent guided tour. It was a pleasant overview from CJ who is not only enthusiastic about her job but her town. The tour gives a great basic history of this mission and the mission system of California -- plus the ground... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

"The Mission" as its called by locals, is a place rich in history and beauty. You can explore the original adobe mission and see life as it was for the monks, as well as take in the reverence and solemnity of the chapel or attend services in the modernized church area. The grounds are beautiful and the self-guided tour is... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The mission at San Juan Capistrano is a nice showcase for the history of Southern California. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the site in a great example of the early Catholic missions in the area. Personal audio players are provided to guide you around the numbered sites inside the mission grounds. Whether you are a history buff or not,... More 

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Fayetteville, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The audio devices that you take on your tour are very helpful but there are numbers on the map that are not in the audio device. A nice afternoon spent.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect place to experience the birthplace of the Catholic Church in Orange County. As a lifelong parishioner I've spent a lot of time there. My folks had their 50th Anniversary Mass in Serra Chapel & the party in the courtyard. A truly memorable experience. You should really attend 7am weekday Mass in Serra Chapel. I grew up in Serra... More 

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Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying in San Diego but took a drive up here one morning in just over an hour. It was a nice visit, very picturesque and informative. If you have extra time on a trip to SD and want to get out of town a little it's a nice morning drive up. It's a small town with this being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great stop over to learn and see some old ruins, grounds and how mission was established. Cover is $9 with an audio device to hear history points. Light traffic, plan on spending two hours minimum. Plenty of shops, restaurants and parking just outside the mission.

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Eastvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The San Juan Capistrano Mission was very accommodating to our 4th grade students. We were a group of 120 and they were professional and friendly. They gave each of us a headset to hear the history of each station. They supplied us with a well made map for easy navigating on our own. This is a place of rich California... More 

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On our trip to the US we have visited many Missions and this was one of the best. The entrance fee is reasonable and includes an audio guide which helps to bring the place to life. Everything was explained in detail an gave us an invite in to the day to day workings of this Mission. Excellent gift shop as... 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.

BY RESERVATION ONLY

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