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Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949 234 1300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Gardens, Museums
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I was expecting something a little less "touristic", but I understand that now days non commercialized is hard to find. It is a great piece of history of California and I enjoyed the visit. Unfortunately I picked a Saturday and there was a lot going on. Many people, few wedding photos and the entire garden under preparation for a concert... More

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Indio, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The gardens are stunning! The mission is well preserved and beautiful. The church was stunning. There is a free audio tour. While we were there, a wedding was taking place. What a great touch!! Well worth the trip!!!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Coming from Yorkshire, England where we are surrounded by historical abbey's & churches I was amazed at the beauty and character of the mission. Well worth a vist to the gardens, museum & church

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It is one of the best preserved missions in California. Beautiful gardens, a museum of remarkable time in California history.The newer church is well preserved and worth seeing.

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New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano wasn't even on our itinerary. We had a hotel booked in Dana Point and a stopover after a day in Disney before continuing to San Diego. We passed the signs on the highway and decided to divert to the Mission the next morning before continuing on. Boy am I glad we did. The... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It is very interesting to learn the history. It is also pleasant to walk around the grounds. There is a pond, monarch butterflies all over, and beautiful flowers.

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San Diego
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I live in San Diego and have always been curious about MSJC. I got a family pass from a silent auction and used that as an excuse to take the kids up for a day trip from SD during the summer. So we went up on a Wed in late summer. We all (myself and my kids ages 10 &... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

How well kept it is! Organized, clean and the gardens are beautiful. We didn't use a tour guide but instead used the recorded tour. I enjoy doing tours this way so I can go at my own pace. The chapel is stunning. Highly recommend visiting this mission.

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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Visit the lovely new basilica and the historic ruins, still hauntingly alive all in one spot. After an early 1800's earthquake devastated the original Cross-shaped place of worship, surviving parisioners took their prayer to a smaller chapel on the grounds. Named after a pivotal champion of the Mission Father Sera, it is, as are all of the buildings and elements,... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I visited the mission in 1963 and revisited August 4, 2014. Very beautiful and serene. The flowers are gorgeous!! Great place to have a wedding. Well kept and professionally managed.

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