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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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A wonderful morning at the mission

I had last been to Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1984 as a teenager. We took a morning to visit it in June, and what a great morning it was. We enjoyed the architecture, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I had last been to Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1984 as a teenager. We took a morning to visit it in June, and what a great morning it was. We enjoyed the architecture, the history, the flowers. My wife went on a guided tour, I walked the grounds taking photography. Well worth the time. A gem in southern Orange... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A great piece of history and such beautiful gardens. For $9 you also get a free audio tour which is so worthwhile. A must see!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I have visited the Mission twice and both times it has been amazing. You walk around the grounds at your own pace and listen to audio recordings at various points around the Mission. There is so much to see and you could spend anywhere from an hour to several hours enjoying this historic site. I love to hear the bells... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Mission is definitely a must see if your in the area. The grounds are kept immaculately and the history of the mission and the annual return of the swallows is fascinating. I would recommend taking the free self guided audio tour. We opted for the paid guided tour and our guide was a little long winded and the tour... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Nice way to spend an afternoon. If you are a gardener then this is a place for you, they are absolutely beautiful.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Being from Los Angeles we think of a house from the 1940's as being really old, which is a very warped perspective in the grand scheme of things. We just do not have things this old around here, which is what makes this mission such a marvel. Plus the restoration they have done to show the original adobe structure, the... More 

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Jackson, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Though I've been here before, there's always something new to see and learn. As always, there are lots of 4th graders when school is in session taking the required mission tour. However, they are spaced far enough apart so you can enjoy the history and gardens. This trip, I got to see the saddle of Don Juan Forster, the great... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely attraction in the centre of San Juan Capistrano. The history is quite fascinating and the grounds are very peaceful. The mission does have a gift shop but the site has not been over commercialised which makes a refreshing change. It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have seen a few of the missions in California but this one is the best! The old mission destroyed in the earthquake is still an awesome building and the gardens are beautiful. A spiritual experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Arrived on a Wednesday in time to do the 10:30 garden tour - free. Well worth the 45 minutes. Beautiful gardens and you get a lot of information about the various plants. Then we took the audio tour included with the admission fee. Well worth it couple of hours.

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Additional Information about Mission San Juan Capistrano

Address: Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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