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Mission San Buenaventura

225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
805 643 4318
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Clovis, New Mexico
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

What a great welcome to arrive and have the school Mass still in progress. Our group is on a pilgrimage to seven CA Missions. Very cooperative team at the gift shop. Beautiful church with amazing history.

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Banning, Ca
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220 reviews 220 reviews
108 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Visited here to continue on our quest to see California Missions. The mission is well maintained and has a nice gift shop. There is a small fee to gain entry to the Mission and its grounds. A very quiet and restful area from the old downtown buzz. There is free parking about 2 blocks away and it may be hard... More

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1,233 reviews 1,233 reviews
797 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

This is not the biggest or most dramatic or most complete for that matter if the California missions, but it is still operated as a mission! The two huge fir trees in front were planted by a sea captain to be replacement masts but he never returned...

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washington state
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were thrilled to return to the Mission after more than a decade absence. I urged my party to visit the gift shop, where I was interested in a vintage St. Christopher medal. I needed to use the restroom and asked the front desk staff. She begrudgingly told me where it was. When my daughter asked the same question she... More

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Fremont, California
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1,700 reviews 1,700 reviews
1,065 attraction reviews
995 helpful votes 995 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I did a brief stop in Ventura to see the Mission San Buenaventura. It was founded by Father Junipero Serra on March 31, 1782. It is the ninth Spanish mission in California.

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Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Others mentioned the parking, we were fortunate to find a space right in front of the Mission, metered parking. Small fee in the gift shop to browse the museum and mission. Enjoyed viewing the interior of the mission. The courtyard was filled with lovely flowers.

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Desert Hot Springs, California, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Cool old mission church. Pay and enter at the gift shop. Some interesting old stuff. The church itself is the main attraction. It only takes 45 minutes to an hour unless you want to sit for a while.

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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When in ventura you really should take the time to explore this beautiful and historic mission. It is one of the most beautiful of the series of missions the were built up and down the coast.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
17 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Many have described all of the pertinent details. I would add that attending Mass here would introduce you to a warm and welcoming community. Father Tom is for real and gets the message across so easily. To see this beautiful property, such a part of California history, is a great experience.

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Lincoln, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Mission is one of 21 dotted along California. Had never been there. Was pleased. This one requires a few dollars in as entrance fee. The place was rebuilt many years ago, but is still pretty amazing. Original Jesuit Priests are buried under the church. If you enjoy the other 20 Missions, you'll enjoy this one too!

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