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Address: School Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-425-5849
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.

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Well kept history

The California Missions are always interesting. This one has been kept up and is surrounded by more history. Well worth going to.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jerry P
Culver City, California
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Culver City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The California Missions are always interesting. This one has been kept up and is surrounded by more history. Well worth going to.

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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My wife and I visited the Mission on a Monday morning after checking out of our hotel. There were homeless people sleeping in the sun in the square. The original barracks are still standing and we were offered admission to it early as they were getting ready for a school group. Great spot for photos. The mission building is actually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

There was a Catholic School fundraiser commencing the Saturday I visited the Old Mission. There was a Mariachi band with young students dressed in Mexican costumes with music instruments. One of the young boys in costume allowed me to photograph him outside the Old Mission. Nice boy and lovely old Mission. There is a fountain with a koi pond and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is the location of the only actual remnant surviving from the original Santa Cruz Mission. It is now called the Nealy-Rodriguez Adobe and is located here in the Santa Cruz State Historic Park. During the mission era, this was an outlying building, an adobe used to house Native American families. Now it is a museum tracing the lives of... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The current church is not the original mission which was destroyed by earthquakes. It us still in active use. There is a replica of the original mission which serves as visitor centre and chapel. There is plenty parking around the church.

1 Thank Hermes_NL
Castaic, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

After visiting many of the California missions this one was a disappointment. It is a small copy of the original and kind of ho-hum. It was even closed the day we visited.

1 Thank Rene V
Reardan, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

California history is interesting and the old El Camino Real trail with the missions are really fascinating. Given how the Spanish Catholic missionaries treated Native Americans, it's like visiting Buchenwald or Dachau in Germany. The mission museums tend to whitewash what "conversion" was really like for Natives. Despite all that the missions are really rather interesting. This one however is... More 

1 Thank Bolero49
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There is not much physically left of the Spanish and Mexican history that transformed Santa Cruz, so within the walls of an old Spanish barracks and the surrounding grounds the Mission State Park has created a well-conceived journey through time. It's a quick visit, but well worth it for anyone who enjoys the natural features or history of the area.... More 

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Whittier, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Another mission on our mission to see the missions. The mission here is very small with a few tiny exhibits the man who spoke to us was very nice and let us know that just if we turned just down school street that right at the end there was another little park with an adobe building that used to house... More 

1 Thank ExploringWonderland
General Trias, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Mission State Park has only a couple of historic structures. One of these is the Neary-Rodriguez Adobe which was built during the mission era and inhabited by a Rodriguez descendant until her death at 104 years old in 1983. She was a distant cousin of mine per our family records.

1 Thank thebigrod

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