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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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+1 949-234-1300
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 presentation of California's mission history.

Spent several hours at this mission and still probably did not see everything. Presentation of the exhibits and information is excellent. Staff was very friendly and informative... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Platte City, Missouri, United States

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Platte City, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent several hours at this mission and still probably did not see everything. Presentation of the exhibits and information is excellent. Staff was very friendly and informative. This is a great activity for all ages and even a children's tour is available. Audio tours are available or you can just wander and read the posted information.

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Gaylord, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful. My SIL got married at The Villa and they did their wedding shots here. Stunning backgrounds, beautiful landscape, birds, and even in the bright sunshine, the pics turned out amazing (thanks in part to the best photog in California btw). The whole setting just feels magical. Be prepared, however, to put something on your heels so you don't sink... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A great experience. I am so glad we stopped by the Mission in SJC. Amazing history and a powerful aura surround you as you make your way around the grounds. Find the chapel and spend some time sitting in the pews for reflection and prayer. A stop that I will not soon forget.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

took my husband to the mission on swallows day ( he had never been), absolutely beautiful and to actually see how people lived, the history and so much of it has been preserved its amazing what they did back then that we do with machines etc. a must see ( to do all the mission is also a great idea... More 

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Tustin, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Charming peaceful location and tour was interesting. I felt more connected to the California mission history and beauty. Even this Spring visit with bussed in children, it was delightful as we could watch 8-12 yr olds listen carefully to their Docent tour info & they took tons of photos of surroundings (not merely selfies, etc.) p.s. Hollyhock flowers were about... More 

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great mission, beautifully done, manicured gardens, large ponds with koi, museum, gift shop. Spend about 2 hours.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic experience and great historical perspective of the area and peoples. The chapel is amazing and the artifacts are extremely interesting. Quite an inspiring visit overall. Do not miss it.....the tours are early in the day and we are sorry that we missed the opportunity of hearing about it first hand.

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Hull, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the weather is cooperating, you have lots of photo opportunities. Unfortunately I did not time my visit with the return of the swallows, but it was still educational and informative.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't really looking for the swallows, but it was sad to learn that due to significant renovations over the past few years, that the famed birds no longer return in large numbers to this lovely, ancient mission. Scientists are working to see if they can be lured back to nest again, but thus far no success. Do NOT let... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do opt for the tour as it is worth it for the history that is shared with you and your small group. Before the tour begins do check out the short film as it provides a great overview. We have toured other missions and this one is indeed a jewel of missions. Our guide was excellent. The grounds and church... More 

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