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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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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"
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"california history"
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"gardens are beautiful"
in 29 reviews
"old church"
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"gift shop"
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"self guided"
in 17 reviews
"serra chapel"
in 43 reviews
"own pace"
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"native americans"
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"interesting history"
in 19 reviews
"the great stone church"
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"swallows return"
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"take your time"
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"couple of hours"
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"great place to visit"
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"los rios"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just revisited this place with a small group after having visited Mission San Gabriel Arcangel and San Juan Capistrano is a far superior experience in every way! Great service/maintenance of the historic property, lovely gardens, and wonderfully photogenic architecture makes this an instant winner. There...More

Thank Colby S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Mission is small but beautiful. The scenery is so pretty and the history of this mission is wonderful. It can get pretty busy in March when the swallows return and during the time schools arrive for field trips but it is nice to spend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is incredibly interesting in the insight it provides from a historical perspective. From showing a fairly well preserved representation of how the missions on the West Coast ate, grow food, produced materials and, generally, lived, to demonstrating the enormous feats of architecture accomplished...More

Thank Cathryn W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful, spiritual place to enjoy California history, art and artifacts. The gardens are beautiful.

Thank Mann545
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised at how big the grounds were. If I had to do it again, I'd buy the audio guide. There were a few signs and inside the rooms there were more details but I would have liked more information. Overall, I thought...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This historic mission is relatively well preserved and has a lot of artifacts and sections of the working areas of the mission preserved. It is a nice walk through the history of this mission as well as others.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would say 95% of people that visit San Juan come to visit the Mission. The building and the history is absolutely wonderful and is a vital piece of California´s past. This is a great place to visit for all ages and you will feel...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. A wonderful go at your own pace tour with free audio. We really enjoyed the gardens and the history!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came to see this mission as an all day event, for my son who is doing a school project. The mission is absolutely beautiful! the historical views and information was very insightful. Had a picnic on the property, as they allow food, family enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will walk around this old Mission and be amazed. Its like a walk through history. To walk through the different rooms and see how they lived and slept. The way they raised food and how it was cooked. Do spend time sitting in the...More

Thank 4happyfeet
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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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Sharon L
February 10, 2017|
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Response from Ctaylor42 | Reviewed this property |
About 5 min walk
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