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Mission San Luis Rey
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Mission San Luis Rey Museum Admission
Ranked #3 of 61 things to do in Oceanside
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the "King of the Missions," is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. Facilities include a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal, multi-function meeting spaces, a Cemetery open to all people, Mission Gift Shop, Historic Church and interpretive Museum.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Los Angeles
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161 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

This is our family's 3rd mission to visit for our children's school projects and it was certainly the least impressive. More importantly though, I think it's long past time that students should be made to write about these missions. There are many ugly realities locals suffered at the hands of the monks and representatives from Spain. When I look at the graves and tributes on the grounds I am ashamed of what is actually being represented in the history of the mission.

Visited March 2013
5 Thank JesseLosAngeles
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English first
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131 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

I/we have always enjoyed every visit to the missions located in the chain that stretches the length of this state. This church is especially worth a visit: beautifully kept grounds; lovingly restored and maintained; packed with history important to this region. Acoustics are grand if you are lucky enough to attend services here.

Visited May 2013
Thank Drumraine
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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Splendid visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Went here as part of the California schools missions project and was thrilled. Mission presents well and is a great reminder of California's early history

Visited September 2012
Thank SSturgess
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Tucson, Arizona
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588 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
“Epic part of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Of the 21 California Missions founded by Spanish Padres in the 18th century, the one is Oceanside is the 18th and the largest.
It's definitely worth the visit and I particularly enjoyed the serenity of the adjoining cemetery.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank vagabondginger
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Mesa, Arizona
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is the sixth of the California missions that I have visited. We bought our tickets and were given a lot of information about the Mission and the grounds by a very nice gentleman. We toured the museum which was very small. The church itself was being refurbished so we were not able to go inside. We were also unable to tour any of the gardens because "it is a working mission". All of the missions I have visited were working missions but could still be toured, so this was disappointing.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Debbie L
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