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Mission San Luis Rey

4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
+1 760-757-3651
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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 in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. Facilities include a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal, multi-function meeting spaces, a Cemetery open to all people, Mission Gift Shop, Historic Church and interpretive Museum.
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  • Average6%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
+1 760-757-3651
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So well maintained and very informative museam. Good for family friends young folks also. Even has a great gift shop with lots of books.

Thank laura s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous Mission. Daily Mass at Noon. Beautifully landscaped grounds. Attached cemetery with lots of history. Has a gift shop and museum. Really peaceful and serene.

Thank hthrbug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thirty years ago when I first visited Mission San Luis Rey there were very few housing developments surrounding the site. Today, inspite of Oceanside's growth, Mission San Luis Rey and its property are an ocean of beauty and calm. The mission itself with its serene...More

Thank Nels C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love piece of Mexican history well preserved. You can feel the history when you take a quiet break in the chapel. Enjoyed visiting the grounds and old cemetery, as well.

Thank Patb5565
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is real, and original culture. Unlike the east coast who borrowed their "culture" from Europe. If some east coast hack ever says "there's no culture in CA" ... slap him/her.

Thank marcorH5120LB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller in stature and presence than its larger cousins in Capistrano and San Diego, it is no less serene. Franciscan friars still live, worship and hold service in the restored chapel daily. The chapel has been restored to it's original plans. It remains a place...More

Thank SusanR7795
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One may guess that if' you've seen one of California's 21 missions, you've seen them all. Not quite true! The first was established in 1769 and the final one in 1823. San Luis Rey was built in 1798 and is considered one of the most...More

Thank hugs4u
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very beautiful Mission one that I had never been to before. I've missed this little gem every time I've gone through the mountain from Escondido to Oceanside. I can 't believe I missed this all these years....The people there are so kind...More

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice Mission with a lot of history. This is well worth the few bucks they charge to go and visit. Great educational spot for taking your kids or grandkids.

Thank dntgiveup1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No tripods allowed on grounds, no flash photos in church. Church interior is photogenic but dark, so tripod is necessary for long exposures. Asked for permission to use tripod on a one-time basis and was referred to one of the brothers at the church, who...More

Thank James K
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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.