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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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One of the more interesting missions, must see if you love history.Good portion of the mission standing but wore a sweater or coat the Adobe buildings are cold!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Raenette G
Antioch, California, United States
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Antioch, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the more interesting missions, must see if you love history.Good portion of the mission standing but wore a sweater or coat the Adobe buildings are cold!

Thank Raenette G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit was on a rainy day & it was a nice place to visit. This isn't a large Mission, but it has a quaint Chapel. There are many vestments on display & the garden is nice.

Thank 270travelers
Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Visited the Mission and Church. The gift shop at the mission not so helpful, but behind at the small park was the awesome park ranger who was so full of knowledge and help - she was amazing. All 8 of us learned something. Totally recommend visiting the park and the original structure of the Mission Santa Cruz.

Thank Heidi O
Culver City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

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

Thank Jerry P
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 

Thank David J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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.

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Castaic, California
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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 via mobile

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 

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