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Address: Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101, 2nd and Franklin Sts, San Juan Bautista, CA
Phone Number: 408 623 4881

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Historical California Mission is a Great Place to Photograph

Take your time walking through the flowered grounds, inside mission buildings and church. Take your camera; every spot is excellent for photographing. Go out the opposite side... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take your time walking through the flowered grounds, inside mission buildings and church. Take your camera; every spot is excellent for photographing. Go out the opposite side of the mission church to see the cemetery, and view the fields that are currently being farmed. Old meets new. Look for the old dated trough. Check ahead to inquire if there will... More 

Thank 704Traveler
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The Historic Park is filled with items that are reminiscent of the active era od the Mission. The Livery Stable is filled with Buggies and carriages of the days before cars. They are well preserved and nicely displayed. The signs provide a lot of information, so it is easy to do a self guided tour of the park.

Thank csarchibald
lathrop ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Fun, amazing incredible interesting there is plenty to see. The buildings and beautiful gardens are lovely. Families can enjoy the beauty and history .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

There is just no place else that has such a gorgeous setting. Then, the well-preserved and well-furnished historic buildings give you an enchanting sense that you have gone back to the 1840s. One building houses the most complete collection of wagons, carriages, and other horse-drawn vehicles than I have seen anywhere else. However, docents are few and far between, so... More 

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Port Alberni, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The historic park includes tours of several heritage buildings on the square facing the Mission including a settler's cabin, the old hotel, the stable, the little jail, and a couple of homes. I particularly enjoyed visiting the hotel, and the Breem house. Interpretive signs told interesting stories of the area, the people who settled and built it, a notorious bandido,... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

What a fabulous park to take my son to for his fourth grade Mission Project. I thought it would be better to visit then just read the info off the internet. Now when he does his research it will have more meaning. It was wonderful strolling the grounds and buildings. well worth the trip. Plenty of parking on the street.... More 

Thank CaRichE
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

The mission was closed for a private service during our visit, so we were only able to visit the mission arcade & gift shop, walk around the park and enjoy the view of the valley. San Juan Bautista is a fun and historic little town and very much worth an afternoon to explore. Parking was difficult to find, but that... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have visited the mission and seen the buildings at San Juan Historical Park several times. This time we went to see the Christmas tree that was set up in the park area. They labeled it Community Peace Tree - but to me, its a Christmas Tree. They had dwarves also by the tree.

Thank mini
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Not much here, but it was really cool to see a 'ghost town.' Town was very quiet when we went (a Tuesday) but the old Spanish colonial architecture had such a quaint feel Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

1 Thank D B
Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We happened upon the state park by accident on the 1st Saturday of the month when they do "living history" with period dress and activities. Spent around 2 hours touring the old buildings and talking to the locals. It was fun and interesting.

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