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Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
+1 949-234-1300
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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 German and now offered free with admission. Enjoy permanent exhibits featuring historic and religious artifacts, precious and rare paintings, and more. Experience the tradition of bell ringing daily honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra, who founded the Mission in 1776. Visit the newly conserved Serra Chapel, California’s only chapel still standing where Saint Serra celebrated Mass and where the Eucharist has been celebrated daily.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
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+1 949-234-1300
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"audio tour"
in 124 reviews
"california history"
in 88 reviews
"old church"
in 21 reviews
"gardens are beautiful"
in 30 reviews
"gift shop"
in 70 reviews
"self guided"
in 17 reviews
"serra chapel"
in 43 reviews
"own pace"
in 26 reviews
"interesting history"
in 20 reviews
"native americans"
in 16 reviews
"swallows return"
in 24 reviews
"the great stone church"
in 23 reviews
"take your time"
in 16 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 22 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 21 reviews
"los rios"
in 14 reviews
"two hours"
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Reviewed yesterday

"When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" This place is more than the song or the movie. There is a well-described southern California history laid out in the architecture and markers that goes far beyond the magical story of the birds. As a bonus, there...More

Thank Gilbert S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

California has culture and rich history, and part of the excellent California history are the amazing missions up and down our coast a day's walk from each other. Mission of San Juan Capistrano has been restored beautifully. The gardens are inviting. The historical society that...More

Thank Jonette B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have not been to the Mission since 1977 took my wife thier. It has changed quite a bit but it still is a very powerful place to experience . A lot more touristy but once you get inside it is beautiful. My wife and I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four visited the Mission one morning during a vacation in Orange County. It is a very interesting place to see and the gardens are beautifully kept by an army of volunteers. Of the three choices (self-guided tour, audio tour, guided tour) we...More

Thank Kiernan820
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great weather day to visit. There is an admission cost to get in, about $14 for 2. We visited the whole complex and it took over 3 hours. Afterwards we took a short walk to the Basilica. A lot of history. The...More

Thank 446raymondr
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply beautiful! So glad we made the stop from San Diego to Los Angeles. The grounds are just so pretty. Gardens, koi pond, beautiful historic mission. Easy self guided or full guided tours, activities for kids and great little town with lots of restaurants around...More

Thank Jennifer T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped there on our way down to San Diego and I must admit this was a lovely place to visit. The old church grounds is loaded with old California history and it is truly a memorable place to see.

Thank coachee1313
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the opportunity to visit this mission last month. Very beautiful grounds. Recommend the Audio tour. It is very helpful. The place is loaded with history.

Thank zebrasky
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very informational about the history of San Juan Capistrano. Cost was reasonable. Offer for audio or tour guide. The audio I feel is a better choice as you can go at your own pace.

Thank Deborah R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It probably seems obigatory that when in the San Juan Capistrano area you visit the MIssion but if you enjoy gardens, history, architecture this is a good value and interesting. The site is well maintained and the improvements are excellent. The gardens and plant specimens...More

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Jen V
June 17, 2018|
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Response from madmer2 | Reviewed this property |
We drove from San Diego to Newport Beach shopping area. We made this a stop along the way. Laguna Beach is also close.
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מרים ב
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.
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David I
March 4, 2017|
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Response from Ctaylor42 | Reviewed this property |
On or around March 19th
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