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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
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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.
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Beautiful but commercial

This mission is a far cry from the simplicity and peace of a mission like San Juan Batista. There, you can see most of the mission for free and a $4 entry gets you a complete... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This mission is a far cry from the simplicity and peace of a mission like San Juan Batista. There, you can see most of the mission for free and a $4 entry gets you a complete visit with information. Here it is $9 for the basic entry with no information other than a map which tells you nothing and no... More 

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san marcos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

They won't tell you how we killed all the Indians through disease and forced labor...But you can see how the Catholic culture spread throughout California. The Mission is worth a stop on the way to San Diego...just off the freeway....costs a couple of dollars and the Church and mission grounds are reflective of life in that time period. Avoid the... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to many of the California missions, but this one is one of the prettiest. Lot of history and the archeologists have uncovered many interesting artifacts relating to life back in the days of the Spanish colonies.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Don't go expecting an exciting, thrilling experience, but you should go to experience a walk through the beautiful grounds and to learn about the history of the site. This would be boring for some kids and teenagers, but enjoyable for adults who like history. I got some great pictures while there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is the most famous of all 21 California missions and always an enjoyable place to visit. It is located in a beautiful portion of the state and well preserved or restored. Probably the only religious site maybe in the world with a popular song inspired by it and a once legendary mystery only solved eventually though modern radar tracking.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

On Sunday July 26, my significant other and myself decided to take a ride to Orange County to the state fair. Since it has been so hot here, we decided to drive a little farther and see the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Then head to the fair when it was dusk, so it would be alot cooler. We pulled... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I visited Mission San Juan Capistrano with 3 teenaged boys. They appreciated the history, the architecture and the beautiful grounds. Though they did not want to immerse themselves in the history or walking tours, they enjoyed relaxing on the grounds. I spent more time walking through the buildings, the very lovely chapel, and enjoying the beautiful gardens. There were artists... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Beautiful place! The grounds, the hotel, the spa! Now unfortunately our room was just okay. It can use some updating for my taste, but I get that it goes with the mission look. The suites look much more updated.

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Encinitas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We got the senior citizen rate and just walked the grounds taking photos and reading everything. It probably would have been better to take a guided tour (free online coupon) or use the audio recorded tour. We really enjoyed seeing the grounds and displays but it looks like they have a lot of restoration to do (everything was disintegrating due... More 

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San CLemente
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very historical,more for older children, who are studying the Missions History or adults who love artifacts and culture. Nicely preserved and very peaceful grounds. Good food at Cedar Creek Inn across the street as well as beautiful Los Rios District for further exploring.

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Additional Information about Mission San Juan Capistrano

Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone Number: 949 234 1300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO TOURS

Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum as your tour destination.

The Mission offers the following tours:

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Award Winning Audio Tour for Adults

"Voices of the Mission" (hear the audio tour on-line)

Free with adult and senior admission.

Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Vietnamese. Features music, history and storytelling about California history and uncovers the Jewel of the missions.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

Audio Tour For Children

Saved by the Mission Bell:

A Child’s Journey Through California’s History

Free with child admission.

Available in English and Spanish. This humorous and imaginative audio tour is designed to engage 4th graders, but appropriate for children of all ages.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Swallows Walk & Talk Tour

New! Beginning Friday, March 1

Daily at 1:00 p.m.

Learn the facts about cliff swallows, view the swallows vocalization experiment and hear the legend of the Swallows of Capistrano.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Serra Chapel Tour

New! Beginning Sunday, March 3

Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

In honor of Father Serra's 300th birthday celebration, tour the Serra Chapel, the oldest operating church in California. Father Serra celebrated Mass in this chapel in 1783.

 

Daily Guided Tour

For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are available Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED

Weekend Guided Tour

For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED

Dine and Tour Package

Specifically designed for tour companies and group tours to experience two great historic venues at a discounted rate.

BY RESERVATION ONLY

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Docent Guided Tour

Docent guided tours truly enhance your experience at the Mission, our docents dressed in their historic attire do a wonderful job of hosting you through the 10 acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more. These tours are offered daily. Availability is limited, book in advance.

BY RESERVATION ONLY

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Los Angeles

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