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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
Phone Number: 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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Great venue for an afternoon with out of town visitors

Mission SJC is very well maintained by a freindly knowledgible staff. You can spend an hour or 5 hours and you will learn something new every time. Best of the CA Missions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Coto de Caza, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mission SJC is very well maintained by a freindly knowledgible staff. You can spend an hour or 5 hours and you will learn something new every time. Best of the CA Missions.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love to visit the Mission. The history is so rich and interesting. Being there makes you feel like transported in time. The place is really well preserved, the garden, the fountain. Take your time when visiting and experience the beautiful plants and architecture. Definitely a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gardens, remnants of the 200 year old mission, chapel and grounds are worth visiting. Modest admission fee, free parking on the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful basilica architecture and even more interesting history! It's only a short drive from LA!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings, lots of information to be able to observe the past culture & history. The gardens were beautiful. Well worth incorporating into your trip.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been attending the Mission Gala annually for several years supporting the restoration of the Mission. This year was the best with Clark Beckham performed in the ruins of the Great Stone Church. In the past the entertainment was a little hoaky so congrats on this choice. Then there is a dnner catered by Ritz Carlton. Always a sell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the mission. The audio tour really brings history to life. Very pretty grounds and a very peaceful place. Not at all expensive to do.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been a number of times and always learn something new. I love hearing about and seeing the history, it takes you back. Also great for kids, most kids in the area go for a field trip.

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Waxahachie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Master Gardner's have put a lot of work into redoing the grounds, worth another look if you haven't been there recently. The ruins, information about the Indians who lived there, vegetable gardens, gift shop, concerts played there and picnicking made it a really fun time.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mission San Juan Capistrano has a magical beauty with its wonderful gardens, Spanish history and informative docents! The gift shop is full of artistic finds! You can spend a day there enjoying it all!

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