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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Gardens, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission...
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Type: Missions, Gardens, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Sacramento, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
62 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We paid the $9/person entry fee and got a lot for our money. Good value, esp with the audio tour, tho there are channels that you should click on that are not mentioned on the map nor in the audio tour itself that give some interesting tidbits. We spent time reading the signs, photographing some of the ruins, listening to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A visit in what the Californians call winter worked out very well. A lovely warm, windless afternoon, no crowds, plenty of time to wander around this peaceful, spiritual place. We were treated to an organist rehearsing in the Serra Chapel, it just added to to the atmosphere, thank you very much. In addition to the historic buildings there are also... More 

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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I haven't visited this Historic California Mission for many, many years. It was so wonderful to see the old mission up close and personal today. It was so impressive to observe these grounds and learn about its important history. It is well maintained and was enjoyable for my family. I recommend that you visit on a weekday so you can... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There is much to see and learn here! The gardens are beautiful and the tour guide was very knowledgeable!

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Pasadena, California
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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Mission at San Juan Capistrano didn't disappoint. My friends and I took Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano to visit the Los Rios Historic district, where their are homes from the late 1700's. After lunch in an historic restaurant, we decided to visit the mission. I hadn't been there for many years. They have done a lot to restore the... More 

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Provo, Utah
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My wife and I spent a wonderful, quiet afternoon at the old mission. They provide a recorded tour should you want it. We enjoyed that we could go at our own pace. It is a great historical site, where you can learn about the history of the area. Well worth visiting.

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NC
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22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Toured the mission looking for some interesting history. Not only was there a lot of history but the mission was lovely too. It is well worth the time to visit. Coupons are readily available at the visitors centers.

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It was the beginning of a lot of things in CA, for instance wine fermenting. The mission has to be looked at as being old and with that in mind it is well maintained and well worth the $8 admission for seniors. I expected to here more about the swallows but did not. The audio tour was good but not... More 

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Los Alamitos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Toured the mission for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you go on their website you can get coupons for free tour, as long as you pay for the admission. It's not necessary because you get recorded devices to carry with you, but if you prefer a live person to show you around - get the coupon and... More 

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Milton, Wisconsin
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Three of us visited Mission San Juan Capistrano several days after Christmas late in the afternoon. While there were many visitors sharing the mission with us the feeling of being in a spiritual place was not diminished. I found this time to be both very educational and spiritually uplifting. The many historical artifacts reminded me of the very length of... More 

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