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“Jewel in the City”

Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Small-Group World Heritage San Antonio Missions Tour with Guide
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Owner description: 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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200 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Jewel in the City”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The San Juan Capistrano Mission is a Jewel in the city. The place is tranquil and peaceful and has several varieties of Plants and fruit Trees that are all well maintained and full of color. The Buildings and grounds are wonderful for picture taking. The day I was there many school aged kids were walking around with guides learning the history. In the middle of the courtyard is a wonderful fountain that is home to many Coy fish that look well fed. The church is also beautiful. This place is a great day trip and should be experienced first hand.

Visited February 2013
Thank MichaelBronx
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san clemente, CA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“California History”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

The docents are great we went with the kids for a school trip. Very interesting to learn about the histroy of California.

Thank kdbags
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Wingham, Canada
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218 reviews
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“Lovely place to visit”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

A nice place to spend a couple hours if you enjoy history, and if one of you doesn't, there are lots of beautiful grounds to sit and enjoy the sunshine. I did enjoy the audio sets given out.

Visited February 2013
Thank Barbara d
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Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Two hours gets you educated”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

This site was on our list of places to visit if we were in the area. Glad we did. A beautifully restored complex with ample history lessons learned over the portable devices handed out when you arrive. It was sad to learn that a place that took so long to complete was devastated a short time later by earthquake, but the restoration efforts are quite remarkable. A really nice job of capturing the local history of the area. Couple the tour of the Mission with a walk around town some neat stores and restaurants, and it makes for a really nice day.

Visited January 2013
Thank 49skeeter49
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Crystal Beach, Texas
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This was an interesting visit. The entrance fee is a little hefty at $9 per person, but it included the audio equipment so that you can hear the history of the mission as you walk along at your own pace. The grounds are clean and well maintained and there is a gift shop with a good variety of items for sale. The employees are nice and helpful.

Visited January 2013
Thank txtootsie
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