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Mission San Luis Rey

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Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the "King of the Missions," is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public...more
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4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
+1 760-757-3651
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am currently on a motorcycle trip to visit all 21 Missions of California. Throughout my life I have visited most of them and San Luis Rey De Francia in Oceanside is one of the most complete and finest restorations of all the Missions. It...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to learn the history of this region, if you want to see the beauty inside and out of this mission, by all means take the guided tour! This gentleman knows the history and brings it to life. Inside the mission are gorgeous...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the loveliest California missions in a beautiful town. Great history museum, peaceful sanctuary and gorgeous garden.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in late 1700’s. Well maintained. Quiet place. Cemetery is really interesting too. Nice visit, even for a non-catholic.

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I love visiting the California Missions and have visited most of them. This one had escaped me given the number of times a year I visit the area. This time around I had some extra time before I headed home and upon seeing the signs...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Though they try, Mission San Luis Rey is not as exciting as some if the other missions in California

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

We did the self guided tour on a Sunday afternoon. It was nice & quiet. I appreciated the history of the native americans.

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Hello Mission San Luis Rey is a remarkable historic site that is easily accessible to Southern California Residents. There is a wealth of knowledge within this scenic historic location that can enrich the minds of both the young and old. The Mission offers a wide...More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Visit this iconic California landmark in Oceanside during the week, when crowds and traffic are low. You'll have more time to spend in the active Catholic church (prayers acceptable), and visit the musueum (a donation/fee accepted). The history of the California Missions is rich and...More

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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Excellent two to three hour visit to understand the mission system in California. The church, museum, and grounds are well maintained and staffed.

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Sergio V
May 15, 2016|
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Response from N6880DHdavid | Reviewed this property |
Absolutly. Just go to the gift shop and they will be happy to help you
January 20, 2016|
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Response from Barbara K | Reviewed this property |
Go to MYTcounty look under Local Interest then California Missions. You can look at how to plan your trip. It has a list of all California Missions and a map showing where they are. San Diego has a very beautiful mission and... More
Susan D
August 30, 2015|
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Response from Keith M | Reviewed this property |
the tours start at 1pm from the front gate to the museum.