We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 553 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 397
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Most recent review
We love living near this place everybody should go

if your thinking about coming to SJC or live here and havent visited you must go .Our mission is one of the best and I have seen most of them . Down town san juan is a great place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Kelly C
,
San Clemente, California, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

553 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
San Clemente, California, United States
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

if your thinking about coming to SJC or live here and havent visited you must go .Our mission is one of the best and I have seen most of them . Down town san juan is a great place to spend the day and spending 2-3 hour looking at the mission is a perfect center piece to the day. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Spent several enjoyable hours at Mission San Juan Capistrano. This was the best conserved and documented CA mission I've been to. There's a $9 entry fee which gains you entrance to the conserved/restored old mission area and an audio tour. Several of the mission buildings are open for viewing and include both authentic and reproduction artifacts from the ordinal mission... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, Missouri
Top Contributor
381 reviews 381 reviews
84 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the mission. The audio tour is a good addition and allows a leisurely pace with time to read about every item on display that catches the eye. There are so many aspects to explore here that any visitor can find something to experience and think about. We thought and talked about the daily lives... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here, looming for something neat to see on the way back from the beach. Very impressive to see, and a bargain.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This mission may be one of the best examples of the history of Father Serra and the missions he created while helping settle California. The mission is well cared for and the audio tour is thorough and informative.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Round Rock, TX
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We enjoyed looking around the vey well preserved historic mission. The Serra Chapel is beautiful, with an ornate altar and stations of the cross. The old stone chapel is in ruins but still cool to see. On the downside, it was almost too crowded to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Corona, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Went there for an morning/afternoon and three plus hours is plenty of time. We had our kids do the adobe brick making and panning for gold, they enjoyed both activities. We arrived about 10:30 and parked in the lot across the street which filled up quickly. After we went to the Basillica for Sunday Mass which rounded out the event... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Minooka, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Mission tour is a very pleasant place to visit if one wants to take a leisurely stroll some morning or afternoon. The cost is only $8.00 for senior adults and a tad bit more for others. One can either take a tour with a guide (the cost is a little higher), OR one can take a listening device (free),... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Juan Capistrano, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not to be missed while in SoCal, the Mission is not only a look at history, it is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of every day. Many feel a quiet, calming presence while on the grounds. We especially enjoyed the self-paced audio tour and the kids kept heading back to the beautiful Koi fountain in the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Juan Capistrano, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The new book store is outstanding. The volunteers seem to really love what they're doing and their knowledge is tremendous

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Mission San Juan Capistrano also viewed

Laguna Beach, Orange County
Laguna Beach, Orange County
 
Laguna Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach, Orange County
 

Been to Mission San Juan Capistrano? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Mission San Juan Capistrano and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Mission San Juan Capistrano staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?