Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

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Take in the well-preserved history at Mission San Juan Capistrano and tour the museum exhibits inside and throughout the 2 hectares (10 acres) grounds. Originally founded in 1775, the mission was built as a completely self-sufficient community and became a center for industry, religion, and agriculture. Try your hand at Native American basket weaving, pan for gold, or attempt an adobe brick-making session. Tickets include an audio tour; guided tours are available throughout the week. Mission San Juan Capistrano is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, San Juan Capistrano Edition.
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  • I went there last March when the Swallows return, party all week. Great little town. Jann Browne's band played at Swallows Inn, the best.  more »
  • We spent a relaxing afternoon at the mission. We enjoyed the walking tour and learned so much about California history. The tour and mission are very reasonably priced and it's great to support this p...  more »
  • This was our second trip to San Juan Capistrano Mission. Enjoyed very much the history of this site to Old California history. We were able to get the talking recorder that helps us learn so much more...  more »
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  • Great place to spend the weekend if you are from southern ca it great spot to go. Many places to see. This mission is 7 out 21 I really enjoyed spending 2 hour walking and seeing the mission. Great Customer services very friendly staff. Many little shop around the mission. They also have parking close by and nice church close by. A++++
  • This is a great weekend day trip for anyone in Southern California looking for a bit of history in a beautiful setting. It makes a great family activity. There aren't many places with a connection to the distant past like this one. Plus, the area around the mission has some great restaurants and neat little shops. Plus the beach isn't too far away! So it's worth a few hours of your time, if you have time to spare.
  • Most people know about the swallows but this property is the history of the Spanish colonial era and the birth of California. Such a cool place to visit and learn about the history of. It still has an active church on the property with fantastic icons as well as a view of life during the early era of the mission. Worth the cost of admission to help keep this wonderful place going.
  • This is a beautiful and well taken care of mission. We did the audio tour so were able to get good information on the mission and exhibits. All the volunteers were wonderful and friendly with good information. The only unfortunate part was that we arrived on a day when several schools were here on field trips. Kids running everywhere, and add kids are... very excited to be pin a field trip. It was very distracting when trying to listen to the audio or when viewing an exhibit and a classroom full of kids would burst in . I think this is a wonderful part of history for all children i just wish they would limit the amount of schools visiting at the same time or same day. All in all I would encourage everyone to come and visit this beautiful part of our California history
  • Came here on a field trip with 4th graders and this mission has a great host for their class on making adobe bricks! The whole mission is very well cared for, pristine gardens and every angle of this place is a great picture. Kids had a good time learning about how things were done in the olden days. Kids also had fun learning for themselves from the well labeled displays.
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