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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 must see and don't forget the camera

The mission in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. It's been about 40-years ago that i came with the family. As a adult i was in ah over it's treasure of history. I must of taken over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Huntington Beach, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The mission in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. It's been about 40-years ago that i came with the family. As a adult i was in ah over it's treasure of history. I must of taken over 100-photo's. Amazing wall, Mission bells, Koi Pond, Butterfly's, Flowers, history and more. It's for the whole family. My date brought me here and it was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A perfect place to visit if you love gardens, history or historical architecture. A beautiful place to spend an afternoon!

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Rowland Heights, California
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178 reviews 178 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Spent about two hours here on a Sunday with the family. This is the first time that our family stop in SJC although we have live here for over 30 years. The audio tour in different languages is included in the very low $9 admission ticket. You can even add a donation with your charge card when you purchase the... More 

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Laguna Woods, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

what a nice place and the history of it. Enjoyed all the renovations and the gardens/plantings. I also liked the gift shop

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of California's earliest and best preserved missions. A walk through the mission gives you a true feeling of the state's beginnings. Bring your camera and plan to spend the day

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Laguna Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

The San Juan Capistrano Mission is what a landmark should be. Well run and well kept, it is like stepping back into history and ending your journey with the best gift shop in Orange County. Some highlights: audio tour is informative and well put together, koi pond is a must for kids and adults who like beauty, best place in... More 

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Makati City
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36 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We have always been coming to this mission whenever we visit my mom in San Francisco and we travel all the way here sometime during the season when swallows flies to the mission which I can only so describe beautiful and miraculous. Last Friday we visited the mission with my family, although there are no swallows in sight it did... More 

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La Verne, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Beautiful mission with lovely gardens. The audio tour explained the site well. We took our time going through the buildings and grounds and it took a couple hours. It would have been easier had the audio tour sites gone in order, but as it was, it was somewhat of a treasure hunt all across the grounds to find the correct... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The grounds of this mission are very well kept and gorgeous. The $9 admission includes an audio tour and map for you to explore on your own. I arrived about 90 mins before closing and was able to see almost everything. There are outdoor and indoor exhibits including ruins of the old stone church to excavated tools and artifacts. The... More 

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Nesconset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Upon entering the Mission you are aware of how things were. easy walking for handicapped, relaxing exploring at your own pace. Gift shop more interesting than most. Many things made by other missions. close to town and parking!

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