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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Enhance your visit with our new multi-language Audio Tour available in English, Spanish, French and...more
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26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
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All reviews audio tour california history old church gardens are beautiful gift shop native americans self guided own pace interesting history serra chapel the great stone church swallows return take your time couple of hours great place to visit two hours father serra
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I live 10 minutes away and never visited the Mission. I learned many interesting facts. The buildings are so well preserved and the tour presentation was personal and enjoyable. I also took pictures of the beautiful local plants for garden ideas at home. The Mission...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Roulette2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some time to kill after leaving Laguna Beach before heading back to LAX for our flight home. My wife asked if we could visit the Mission, since she hadn't been there since she was a kid. I was kind of reluctant and expecting...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Return after away for 15 years. Remind me why I really didn't think too much of it before. Took my uncle to US and take him around. This is good for about an hour.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank poorfoodie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lived in San Diego for 47 years and had never been to Mission San Juan Capistrano, although I've been to the town district several times. I ventured to the gift shop and could see the amazing gardens. The gardens were at full bloom...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Susan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set among other Historic buildings and restaurants in picturesque San Juan Capistrano. Trestles is in the old Train Station building. They have Great Enedame and the Sangria is made to order. I plan to return and try other dishes and drinks

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Joe V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful! If I ever return to the area, I will absolutely visit again. Well maintained, lots of history here & artifacts to see

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GracesMum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was much better than I'd expected, and very close to the I-5 & easy to find. I wish I'd been able to take the audio tour, but the hubby was in a hurry. The architecture is beautifully preserved and the whole place is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Paintyhands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable outdoor activity if you like history. Be sure to take the interesting guided tour. The free audio tour is worthwhile. Plenty of little shops and restaurants in the area for afterwards.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 52dianed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving towards San Diego and stopped to tour the Mission San Juan Capistrano. This is a well preserved, well kept up, beautiful and historic stop. We were there on a weekday, and there were LOTS of school buses there, so we knew the place would...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JoeP808
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very nice visit. The site is well preserved and the free audio tour is interesting. We learned a lot strolling around the site. You can park around the place on weekdays without much problem.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Avery F
March 17, 2019|
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Response from MissionSJC | Property representative |
Mission San Juan Capistrano is open daily, Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas and closes at noon on Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
Jen V
June 17, 2018|
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Response from NurseKaren44 | Reviewed this property |
The little town has Antique shops , boutique s and many restaurants. If you cross the railroad tracks to the “ Rios” section there is a Tea room , Coffee House , cafes and Art Galleries, very quaint and historic part of SJC... More
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January 24, 2018|
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Response from lindaeddie | Reviewed this property |
This area is famous for swallows. There were no butterflies when we went.