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“Beautiful mission, beautiful view”

Mission San Buenaventura
Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We visited this during a trip to see the Missions of California. On the way up, we stopped and had lunch in the Ventura Harbor. The mission was nicely restored and had an amazing fountain outside that was an artistic rendition of the aqueduct. Be sure to visit Father's Serra's Cross. It is up in the hills and offers a spectacular view of Ventura and the ocean. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy!

1  Thank Amanda V
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Literally. When its hot outside, its cool and lovely in the church. And they have a holy water station that is open, if you will, to the public, and that is always nice. And the grounds couldn't be more quaint. The best is the little museum type gift shop next door but still part of the Mission. And there is parking next door in a nice size lot, but for handicapped or even closer parking there is a lot in the back that is accessible by an alley which runs parallel to Main St, and can be entered from the first street south of the Mission.

Thank Li M
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Mission San Buenaventura is located right in the city of Ventura on Main Street. The grounds are very well kept and the gardens are beautiful. In comparison to a few other missions that I've been to, the grounds are not that expansive. In fact, The cemetary area was quite small. The church itself still functions as a parish church. This too is very well taken care of. Many mission churches all look pretty similar on the inside. There was nothing at Mission San Buenaventura that really sets it apart from the rest of the smaller missions. It cost $3 to get in. I thought the price of admission was very reasonable. Entrnace was through the gift shop and into the museum. Once in, you are on your own, your tour is self guided. All in all, it was a pleasant visit.

Thank MRO_13
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

At the end of Main street, this mission is a perfect place for a little solitude after checking out the shop down the street. A little piece of local history!

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A visit to Ventura can easily include a visit to the Mission San Buenaventura as it is set just on the edge of the main downtown area.

The self guided tour of the mission and the gardens is well worth it if you have some time to spare. In the garden are plenty of benches where you can sit and ponder, surrounded by the sound of the fountains and colourful flowers. It is $4 adult/$1 child admission.

On the mission website there is a historical downtown walking map that you can download - it gives some interesting and useful information about various buildings about town www.sanbuenaventuramission.org .

1  Thank Linda Mary G
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