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“Very well preserved CA Mission!! Garden, Fish Pond and The Bells....”

Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Enhance your visit with our new multi-language Audio Tour available in English, Spanish, French and German and now offered free with admission. Enjoy permanent exhibits featuring historic and religious artifacts, precious and rare paintings, and more. Experience the tradition of bell ringing daily honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra, who founded the Mission in 1776. Visit the newly conserved Serra Chapel, California’s only chapel still standing where Saint Serra celebrated Mass and where the Eucharist has been celebrated daily.
Reviewed August 30, 2013

I have been to so many Missions in CA, well you have to if you have Elementary School children!! This one by far is the most well preserved, big and well taken care of. Lots to see and it will need a few hours at least to just walk from the front all the way around, then go to the back/side to experience the ruins. The garden is quite fantastic with fish pond in the middle, also not to be missed: a little vineyard on the side.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

The mission and grounds are absolutely beautiful. Much larger than the Alamo and other Calif missions. The free audio tours are an added bonus. The gift shop could be larger and the prices could be more reasonable, but it is nice as is. The staff and local people are very friendly. The basilica next door has live bells that ring throughout the day. Wonderful choice for spending a leisurely day.

2  Thank malinda430
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Once you have fought your way through Los Angeles traffic the Mission is a great place to relax and get an insight into 19th century southern Californian life.

The museum is well laid out and the provided headsets allow you to stop wherever you want to get an audio description. The cloisters around the main courtyard were pleasantly cool on the hot day we were there.

The remains of the Great Stone Church are quite spectacular, however it is difficult to imagine how it must have looked prior to the earthquake that destroyed it.

Whilst in the town take time to visit some of the other remaining Adobe and historic buildings just a short walk from the Mission.

2  Thank Johnpsau
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This mission is very well preserved with a reasonable entrance fee. There is an audio head set available to go along with your walking tour. My husband found that to be very helpful and informative. I love going to the various missions in California and this is one of the best. The gardens are beautiful as well and just an extra bonus for an already great destination. The chapel on property is incredible as well and so peaceful.

2  Thank MarilynKay16
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Absolutely beautiful. Great audio tour for the rich history of this mission. It was a little hotter than I would have liked, I would go back in the Fall.

1  Thank Danielle T
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