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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 Walk Back Through In Time

Just loved this place. The audio was very informative. Definitely worth a visit but avoid the "Toll" highways unless you have the proper pass. Makes it harder to get to but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Bristol, CT
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Just loved this place. The audio was very informative. Definitely worth a visit but avoid the "Toll" highways unless you have the proper pass. Makes it harder to get to but worth the effort.

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Se Qld
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We had no appreciation of the historical aspect associated with these missions prior to our visit to California. It was very interesting to visit and learn a little about the past history of California.

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I had toured the Mission 30 years prior. The work that has been done since is spectacular. The grounds are immaculate. Flowers abound. Volunteer guides could not be nicer or better informed. The history is amazing. School children are everywhere on day trips adding to the festive atmosphere. A must see.

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Rocky Mountains Usa
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168 reviews 168 reviews
34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This beautifully restored and cared for mission is a wonderful place to visit and meditate whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours. The gardens are beautiful as well and make for a delightful visit!

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El Segundo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A must see for anyone who appreciates history, especially California's rich history. Beautiful location, easy to get to, ample parking. Take a camera and your curiosity. Don't forget to visit the Los Rios Historical district while you are in town - only a block from the mission. A great way to spend an afternoon.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

we went to the mission for the "return of the swallows" parade, markets, and to tour the mission. it is a very old and interesting sight, with lots of history. although we only saw 1 swallow, the trip was very enjoyable.

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Banning, Ca
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The painting is in our living room. We visited again on a Sunday and the Mission is still a great place to visit. Audio headsets that describe the mission are more than helpful to included guided tours. Plan on two hours or more to see.

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San Diego
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Mission is always grand place to visit. The gardens this time of year are in full bloom. So beautiful. A must see if you haven't been.

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Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I think everyone owes it to themselves to make the drive to this mission. Its history and beauty makes it a shining star in the Southern CA experience. Make sure you have a full day to walk and wander...and wear good walking shoes!

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Willamina, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Took my Granddaughter here in April . Went to it as a child. Been a lot done to restore it since then, but the Gardens, Old huge Church walls, and Monarch butterflies are still there. They are dong projects to attract the huge flock of Swallows back, and they are getting some. Many moved to the creeksides, with the work... More 

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