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“Interesting Historical Place”

Mission San Juan Capistrano
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$30.00*
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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.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

My family took the train along the coast while staying with family in Rancho Santa Fe. Train ride was fun. Beautiful mission, very interesting. Some parts of original mission dating back to the 1700's. New parts added on but still authentic looking. The church was beautiful. Still have Mass every day. Area around mission was very city like and crowed. Still had a great time.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I visited not knowing much about the Mission history in Southern CA and left being much more educated. The recorded tour is exceptional ~ interesting, informative and I loved being able to explore the Mission at my own pace. Amazing history, beautiful roses, swallows and hummingbirds galore... this was a great way to spend a morning. If you are there for lunch, go across the road to RokPrime and their $10 lunch special.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a very mystical place. I used to come here as a teenager because I had never felt such spirituality before and it mesmerized me. It feels the same to this day. To walk through the ruins of this mission, to feel the lives of the people who have lived and died here, to sit in the peace of Serra's Chapel - is a meditative experience in itself. Cherish the time you have here. Immerse yourself in it. You will feel the magic of the place. It's as though this place has an ancient wisdom of its own. It truly is other-wordly. A good day is to ride your bike from Dana Point along the canals to the Mission (about 5 miles), visit the Mission, have lunch in Capistrano, and ride back to Dana Point. Visiting the Mission on Wednesday is good, too, as you can take a tour of the gardens with the "Gardening Angels" (!). .... such a good boost for your spirit.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

This beautiful mission and grounds are a must-see for visitors to Southern California. The self-guided audio tour, included in the modest admission price, brings all of the history and beauty to life.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a place to visit. Not only do you see the artifacts - you also hear a narrative being told to you through a handheld personal speaker (that your wear around your neck) all about the different exhibits your are viewing. It is so interesting to learn about the history of the mission and the surrounding area - it's people and how it became to be. You will spend hours there and then there's the town itself to explore. Great Place to visit for under $9.00 per person!

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