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Address: School Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-425-5849
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.

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Not Much Remaining of the Original Mission Settlement

This is the smallest of the 15 missions I have previously visited. Nevertheless, it's "on the mission trail". If you are visiting all 21 California missions, this is close to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2016
John D
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San Diego, California
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Chernex, CH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ranger (Clare) was great, knowledgeable and very accommodating. This park is actually down the street from the mission. There is no museum at the mission itself, only a very small gift shop with a not-so-knowledgeable volunteer. The ranger down the road at the state park however was very interested about history and made us enthusiasts too! The shop in... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the smallest of all the missions that is still standing today. The church you see today is a replica of the original that was destroyed by earthquake in 1857.

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Thank Grecel L
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The majority of the original mission was destroyed by Earthquake damage, but parts of the Mission remain and the staff at the visitors center can answer questions. when you drive up it looks like there is just the chapel and museum, but on the side street past the school, there is a State Historic Park and visitors center with some... More 

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Thank csarchibald
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this site on ta family mission trip. It is a very small mission that is free of charge. The mission is quaint. a brief visit, like 15 minutes is about all you will need. If you walk done the street (near the school) there are some ruins to see.

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Thank Cheeks123
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

This is the smallest of the 15 missions I have previously visited. Nevertheless, it's "on the mission trail". If you are visiting all 21 California missions, this is close to the end of the trek which began in San Diego. Some artifacts and old priest vestments are in display cases in the entry gift shop. A small chapel and adoration... More 

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Thank John D
Red Bluff, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We were hoping to visit a historic California mission to get an up close look at history, but this was a bit of a disappointment. What's left of the original Mission Santa Cruz buildings is not even at this site but down the block at Santa Cruz Mission State Historical Park. All that is here are a half size replica... More 

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Cremona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

When open, a great historical place to visit. Quiet and peaceful. A very nice atmosphere to meditate.

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Antioch, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

One of the more interesting missions, must see if you love history.Good portion of the mission standing but wore a sweater or coat the Adobe buildings are cold!

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Thank Raenette G
Ione
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Our visit was on a rainy day & it was a nice place to visit. This isn't a large Mission, but it has a quaint Chapel. There are many vestments on display & the garden is nice.

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Thank 270travelers
Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Visited the Mission and Church. The gift shop at the mission not so helpful, but behind at the small park was the awesome park ranger who was so full of knowledge and help - she was amazing. All 8 of us learned something. Totally recommend visiting the park and the original structure of the Mission Santa Cruz.

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