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Mission San Buenaventura

225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
805 643 4318
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Peoria Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

There was a small fee but we loved being there. A wonderful preserved piece of history. The ground were very peaceful and the museum interesting. I had never seen an old wooden bell before.

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Fresno, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I make it a habit to stop by any local missions during my travels throughout CA. I was very pleased that I was able to visit Mission San Buenaventura. I was able to visit the mission grounds and step inside the mission itself. I read up on the mission before hand and was able to visualize what life may have... More

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Indio, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have been to the mission many times as I have visited since I was a kid. It is always beautiful and peaceful. The grounds are well maintained, and the gift shop is very nice. It is a great addition to your visit to Ventura and Main Street.

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Oxnard, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

A great place to visit for the history of the local area.The gardens are beautiful and the Church and Museum are full of history.

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California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Downtown Ventura is a wonderful place, and just at the northern end is the mission. It's not complete, as so few of the active parish-missions are, but one can capture a sense for what a mission was all about. The mission is clean and beautiful. I've been several times and I'd happily go again. The walking tour stops don't take... More

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vacaville
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is a beautiful mission. It was founded in 1782 and is the last mission founded by Fr. Junipero Serra. It is on main street in Ventura, near the edge of town. There is a small gift shop you enter in to tour the mission. Lots of nice things to purchase including candles, crosses, etc. As you enter the mission... More

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San Diego, California
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192 reviews 192 reviews
90 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Very beautiful mission located on Main street. It is downtown so parking maybe a problem but you can park once and go to mass here, walk around the small garden, then walk along Main street to window shop and have lunch. This is a working church also so it can busy on Sundays with everyone going to mass. I attended... More

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Big Bear Lake, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We happened to be in Ventura on Easter weekend, while attending out granddaughter's 7th birthday party and an Easter dinner with her other grandparents. Since they're Catholic, as is our son, we decided to attend the 9 AM Easter Mass with them. I'm glad we did, since the Mission is an excellent condition and still functions as a church with... More

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Battle, United Kingdom
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191 reviews 191 reviews
62 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Visit the Mission to get away from the noise, hassle, and commercialisation of Main Street. The garden has chimes that play in the wind, even if you are not religious, the peace and calm of the garden will help ease your troubles.

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Reno, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

There was a quincinera (sp) going on when I was there and it added to the visit. Beautiful old mission

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