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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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Orem, Utah, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Even though I'm from California, I moved there too late to take advantage of the opportunity to go on the field trip there. I was visually impressed with the many exhibits there were to see along with the free walking tour handheld device that was issued to us. We found road construction on the freeway and behind the mission. We... More

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Glendale, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This 7th mission is an awesome historical religious landmark. I believe this is the most progressive mission in all 21 in Cali. It is a fascinating place that gives you a glimpse of early California history. They provide portable audio eqpt that you can bring as you explore the different exhibits. We went here during summer break and they had... More

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San Clemente, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One of the better kept missions in SoCal and recently restored. A nice place to take photos or paint watercolor. I recommend just walking around. It gets HOT in the summer so go early or later in the day (closes at 5 I think). The new gift shop is cute. There is a Starbucks across the street if you get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The mission in San Juan is so beautiful! We loved walking through the Mission. The staff was very nice and answered all the questions we had. I will definitely come back!

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Totowa, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Church was spectacular. What an amazing place, only regret was missed attending mass at the mission. Again a must see for Catholics traveling to the area. The 21 missions scattered along the California coast are a real treasure for all.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I am from Chicago but was visiting my boyfriend in L.A. and we drove down from West L.A. we managed to make it there in like 45 minutes too which is quite impressive if you know California... But anyway, admission is $9 for adults and it comes with a free audio tour or you can pay $3 for a guided... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I grew up in California, but had not visited this Mission in several years. It is very well done and quite educational. Although it was substantially damaged by an earthquake, it is still in better condition than many others. It is in a very quaint town and is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

In 1775, “Mission San Juan Capistrano” was founded by Father Lasuen. A few weeks after the party of padres and soldiers arrived, they received word of the Indian attack on the San Diego mission which forced the padres to stop construction and go help. November 1, 1776, on All Saint’s Day, Father Serra personally led a party back to Mission... More

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Commerce, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Went as a chaperone for a school field trip for 4th graders. All I can say is, this place is just beautiful and very educational. A lot to look at and a lot to do!

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Shenandoah, NY
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21 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've heard of the Mission all of my life and it was exciting to actually visit here. It is filled with beautiful flowers which attract many hummingbirds and butterflies. There are still some of the legendary sparrows with their interesting nests, but not in the numbers there apparently used to be. Exhibits are informative and adequately explain the history of... More

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