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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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Santa Cruz Mission

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
ExploringWonderland
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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136 reviews 136 reviews
70 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The church of the Santa Cruz Mission is actually a replica of the original, built at a much smaller scale. The only original buildings are one old row of housing and a grain storage building. The two museum portions are split, but only a very short distance from each other. Having been to many California missions, I would say the... More 

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Southern California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We've been on a quest to visit all of the CA missions. This one is unique, because it has become split between religious remembrance and a secular history. A private group has built a small, half size chapel to hold the relics from the old mission. Around the corner is a state park. They are maintaining some of the original... More 

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Northridge, Ca
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126 reviews 126 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Ok My Hubby and I are always visiting Mission and so on our recent trip made the stop here. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake so there isn't much left here but one small building but I commend them for lovingly restoring it and the friendliness of the lasy in the gift shop. Very cute but not a... More 

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