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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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Clovis, New Mexico
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A beautiful mission located near I-5 with easy access. Our guide did a very good job on our compressed schedule. The rest of our group didn't do as well. Great history and artifacts at the mission. It's a wonderful story to hear.

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Don't miss a visit to San Juan Capistrano, the only mission of the 21 California missions where the chapel where missions founder Father Serra actually preached is still in use!

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Massapequa, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

First of all, I loved the fact that the audio tour was included in the price of admission and that you could go see the different stops in any order along the way - just enter the number and it told you all you needed to know about that place within the mission. If one area had a few people... More

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Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited the mission and the town of San Juan Capistrano during a day of much needed peace and quiet (we were at Disneyland the day before), and I cannot say enough about this beautiful place. I highly recommend taking one of the guided tours offered after arriving. We learned so much about this fascinating place and its vast history.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

There is so much to experience in this mission, the first to be established along the mission trail and also famous for the swallows that migrate and nest each year. It costs $9 per person to enter the grounds and this fee includes a free audio tour. There is so much to view and listen to on the tour that... More

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Irvine, CA
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369 reviews 369 reviews
83 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. The setting is quite pretty and the self-guided tour offers the right balance of history and culture.

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GTA, Ontario, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

You don't need to look at any other missions in California. This mission has been well preserved and is such a pleasure to visit. Give yourself plenty of time to stroll through at leisure. The gardens are also very nice. Good idea would be to go on a guided tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Great little place to spend an hour or two - try and go early when it is less busy. There are self guided audio tours and group guided tours so take your pick. Not a lot else to do in the town and if you have been to the coastal towns of O.C you may find it a bit more... More

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Lehi, Utah
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Over the years we have been to many of he California missions, but this one is presented the best. They give you an audio unit to go around and listen to stories about the mission and learn about the history there. Quite a few artifacts, and good explanations. Be sure and see the original part that is in ruins now... More

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Pleasanton, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited here on our recent trip to Newport Beach--only 30 minutes away. We did the guided tour, and the docent was wonderful. I am a native Californian and had never been to this site, so it was very interesting to hear ll the history.

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