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

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Active church plus mission replica

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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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.

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Castaic, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 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.

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Santa Rosa, California
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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 

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Santa Cruz, California
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

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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.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A few things you must do here are visit the main church (it's a replica of the original but still beautiful), and take a short walk to an original part of the mission where the American Indians were housed. It is fascinating and overall, the mission is definitely worth a stop.

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Thank you Elizabeth for the personal tour of the mission. You were wonderful for letting us visit when mission park was closed on a Wed.

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We're trying to see all the missions before our daughter is in 4th grade. This one is very small, but a nice visit when in Santa Cruz. You should know the adobe building is open more often than the actual church. We couldn't go inside the church because it is only open Thursday-Saturday. We didn't see this anywhere on the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Mission State Park is not a big Park but a sweet one, plenty of Shade nice green Grass and just outside the Santa Cruz Mission a nice place to have your picnic if your exploring the Missions of California, Holy Cross Church is right across the road..a visit to the Mission or Church right off the main road of Mission... More 

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Address: School Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-425-5849
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz

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