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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
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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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Amazing place. It was great to learn about all the history at this Mission and the tragedy that occurred. I wish we could have visited to see the Swallows nest but even without it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Fishers, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Heard about this over and over and over again as a kid growing up, so it was underwhelming when I actually got to visit. It's much smaller than I expected and the original church/chapel is an archaeologic ruin excavated not that long ago. Glad I went, and did visit the Basilica about a block away. Lots of history here but... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place. It was great to learn about all the history at this Mission and the tragedy that occurred. I wish we could have visited to see the Swallows nest but even without it was awesome.

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Rome, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this Beautiful Mission as we drove the California Coast with our teenage children. It was beautiful. The photos I took at this place were my favorite and they are framed and hanging in my home as a reminder. The flowers and plants were stunning. The swallows/birds return to the mission each year around March. The Great Stone church... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The audio tour is good but the docent tours are great. There are activities throughout the mission for all age groups and interests: garden tour, native American Crafts exhibition, children's activities ( gold panning, rope making, adobe brick making).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a serial offender at the Mission. I'm a supporter and contributor and visit often exploring every nook and cranny of this wonderful slice of history with my camera. It truly is the Jewel Of The Missions. It's a wonderful oasis that is highly and enthusiastically recommended for all ages and religious persuasions.

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Lexington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have heard about this place all my life! Finally had the opportunity to visit. Rented a car and drove down from Newport Beach! I literally spent the entire day wandering around the place , absorbing all the sights and history of what it must have been like back then! Fascinating visit and would return if the opportunity to do so!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed about 45 minutes. Admission is $9 per adult and includes the audio tour. The chapel was closed for a wedding. The mission was pretty and interesting. However, if you don't have time to visit, it's not a must see.

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Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful place with so much history. The grounds are beautiful and even though the flowers were not all in bloom, it was so enjoyable to walk through the area. Highly recommend seeing this during your visit to the area!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit. The mission is worth the visit and the guides are very nice and love what they do.. Take the tour with one of the giudes over the self guides tour... BUT! The city of San Juan Capistrano has some parking signs that are so confusing to read that they easily give you tickets.. $50 tickets.. It is a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazed at the loving care that has gone into preserving this valuable and holy site. Grateful for the individual audio to augment the well laid out and descriptive tour. Also, the gardens are beautiful and the bathrooms clean. Swallows to take home in the gift shop along w/info on the history of the California Missions.

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