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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
Phone Number: +1 949-234-1300
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Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The...

Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens.

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An interesting and beautiful piece of history.

This was a random visit for a few hours while visiting relatives in Wildomar. Being from the East Coast, it was a scary ride on Ortega Highway over the mountains, but worth the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Carroll County, MD

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Carroll County, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a random visit for a few hours while visiting relatives in Wildomar. Being from the East Coast, it was a scary ride on Ortega Highway over the mountains, but worth the trip. Parking was available on the street near the East gate. I have arthritis, but the walk was easy, and there are numerous benches around the courtyard.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit there. The exhibit were very explicit and informational. The buildings are beautiful, but we were amazed by the beauty of all the cacti... There are a lot of opportunities for beautiful pictures. Highly recommend it.

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Millarville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently had the chance to go here - we booked a guided tour and got so much information. Tons of amazing history here and really shows what life was like at the mission. The gardens are very beautiful and well maintained.... the hummingbirds were a pleasant surprise

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While staying in this general area, we toured this famous mission. We took the guided tour (CJ was great!), which was well worth the small additional charge. Visiting places like this is a good way to learn history in a more meaningful way than what we may have "studied" in school. Be sure to visit the little historic area in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A stroll through time, walking past gorgeous fountain and beautiful gardens. Exhibits are interesting and focus on missionaries and native indians who built the mission, tannery and bell arches.

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Navarre, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The mission is very pretty with a lot to see. We went with a few young children and they also enjoyed it. My recommendation would be to get the audio player, it was included in the admission price. They audio tour is available in an adult format as well as a children's format. The kids thought the stories from the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice visit-- we would have enjoyed it a little better if it hadn't been raining. Beautiful structures--especially the church. Lots of hummingbirds around...nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always wanted to visit this old mission and we got a chance one Saturday afternoon. Walking through the old mission structure I got struck by a sense of awe of how this mission was during its heyday. The feeling of history was felt moving from one structure to another. I was on the lookout for the swallows but... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptionally well done conservation and preservation of one of the 21 California missions. Reasonably priced that includes a self guided audio tour with lots of stops and information. Surprisingly large compound. You can easily spend 2 hours if you desire. Ruins of the largest stone church built by the Spanish west of the Mississippi was very impressive.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a beautifully restored mission. It was diverse in the historical presentations of daily life when the mission was still active. You can view former living quarters, meal preparation areas, chapel, a grave yard, a wine stomping area, grape arbor, garden, brick making area and so on. Very interesting and educational look into the past. It was definitely worth... More 

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