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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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New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano wasn't even on our itinerary. We had a hotel booked in Dana Point and a stopover after a day in Disney before continuing to San Diego. We passed the signs on the highway and decided to divert to the Mission the next morning before continuing on. Boy am I glad we did. The... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

It is very interesting to learn the history. It is also pleasant to walk around the grounds. There is a pond, monarch butterflies all over, and beautiful flowers.

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San Diego
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I live in San Diego and have always been curious about MSJC. I got a family pass from a silent auction and used that as an excuse to take the kids up for a day trip from SD during the summer. So we went up on a Wed in late summer. We all (myself and my kids ages 10 &... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

How well kept it is! Organized, clean and the gardens are beautiful. We didn't use a tour guide but instead used the recorded tour. I enjoy doing tours this way so I can go at my own pace. The chapel is stunning. Highly recommend visiting this mission.

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Orange County, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
35 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Visit the lovely new basilica and the historic ruins, still hauntingly alive all in one spot. After an early 1800's earthquake devastated the original Cross-shaped place of worship, surviving parisioners took their prayer to a smaller chapel on the grounds. Named after a pivotal champion of the Mission Father Sera, it is, as are all of the buildings and elements,... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I visited the mission in 1963 and revisited August 4, 2014. Very beautiful and serene. The flowers are gorgeous!! Great place to have a wedding. Well kept and professionally managed.

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Gilbert
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Had a few hours to spend and decided to give the Mission San Juan Capistrano a try. So glad we did. The free self guided tour allowed us freedom to roam the beautiful grounds. Fed the koi, enjoyed the beauty of the mission and learned as we went. Coupons were available online.

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Seal Beach, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited in the evening. The native plants,well tended by garden angels. The lighting is gorgeous. Tall palms, roses, succulents, summer delicate flowers. A new gift store with lots of unique items.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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136 reviews 136 reviews
108 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Claims to be the first building ever in California. This wonderfully persevered and restored mission helps explain the history of missions in CA and what life was like then.

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went for a day trip and had a very nice time. Used the audio self tour. There is a lot of flowers and trees here but basically none are native to the area. Typical for this area, no trees seem to be local. The staff were helpful and there were guided tours available. Got a great recommendation for Ciao... More

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