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Mission State Park

School Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #22 of 29 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Missions, State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.

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San Francisco, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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San Mateo, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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San Francisco
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97 reviews 97 reviews
62 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

The Santa Cruz Mission is the 12th of the Franciscan missions that run up (& down) the coast of California. The Santa Cruz Mission has been restored and is waiting to tell it's story to you.

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

While the location may be historical, having visited a number of other California museums, I expected much more. We were disappointed.

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Sonoma County
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

I lived in Santa Cruise as a child and never noticed the mission (!?). People actually lived there until mid-60s. Worth a visit, as our missions are a state gem.

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