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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 2013
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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San Clemente, CA, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Mission is a lovely place to breathe in old California and, if you are there the right week, see the swallows return to Capistrano. A fun visit for old and young. Then you can wander into old town or stop across the street for lunch.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A very nice way to spend the morning. Quiet and tranquil. A nice slice of history in a beautiful setting. Well worth a visit

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
9 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I think that this is the most beautiful of the missions in California. You're not going to see any swallows, but the Serra Chapel is a sight to see and the old church is a great relic among the gorgeous gardens and interesting historic displays. The town has some excellent restaurants within walking distance of the mission.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I went to Mission of San Juan Capistrano arround September 2014. I took train from Los Angeles by Amtrak from Union Station. I came in the morning and back in the afternoon. It was very easy to find the Mission of San Juan Capistrano's location. I spent $9 for adult's ticket. I got 1 free audio tour tool and a... More

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Ladera Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A beutiful and romantic mission. The chapel is very cute, the mass is in latin. Very interesting, we learn a lot.

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Stopped by on a whim while traveling to conference in the area. From the outside, it honestly didn't look like there was much there, and I questioned the $9 entry fee. We went anyway, and it was well worth the time and money. beautiful and much larger than i expected. learned a lot i didn't know. would recommend the hand... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After we had spent time in the beautiful mission we were told that the swallows had not come back to Capistrano for 15 years. So if you are planning a trip to see the swallows it won't be happening

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Great mission, spent a couple hours. Can be lots of school groups. We sat some of them out at a local restaurant down the street. Found a free four-hour parking space just down the street from the mission. That was much appreciated. The chapel is not to be missed.

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Pensacola, Florida
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114 reviews 114 reviews
34 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is a gem, not only for its gorgeous architecture and rich history but also for it's lovely gardens and fountains. If you are an artist or photographer, the opportunities here abound. I prefer coming here in the morning for the best light and shadows, but it is gorgeous all the time. Leave time to sit on the edge of... More

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Washington DC
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181 reviews 181 reviews
32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

If you're in southern Orange County, a stop at the Mission is a must. Interesting both historically and architecturally. Painted a jillion times by California's best 20th Century artists. Nice surrounding gardens. Docents available. Surrounded by good restaurants and fast-food places, etc.

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