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. With our online itinerary creator, San Juan Capistrano attractions like Mission San Juan Capistrano can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • My husband and I have a photography business and would go to the Mission all the time to take photos. However, on our last visit we were advised we could not use tripods and all photo rights belong to...  more »
  • Always had heard about this place, if only by the reports of the swallows returning every year! Finally got to visit! As we entered the courtyard, my first thought was it is beautiful and this should ...  more »
  • Our visit to the Mission on Mother's Day was a real treat due to the explosion of flowers in bloom. We have visited the Mission many times over the years, but we had never seen such a display of flowe...  more »
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  • The place is full of history. Every turn you make, there's something that is ready to tell a story. Rode the train from L.A. and it was the best thing we could have done! Instead of dealing with traffic on a Friday night, I was able to take a nap on the way back. The city is so small that you really don't need a car.
  • I rode the train here and enjoyed my visit. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. I took a tour with an online coupon, and my only complaint is that I felt like my tour tried to present a wholly positive side of colonial history and I wish that the perspectives were more varied. The gardens are amazing!
  • Spiritual place, gorgeous, and peaceful. Well maintained, iconic, historic and hats off for the city officials of San Juan Capistrano for keeping the mission and the immediate environs nice, clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy, sightseeing and meditate. A place people must visit. Totally extraordinary!
  • Staff are friendly, helpful and fun. Most adult visitors are polite and respectful as well. School groups can be overwhelming so avoid the crowd. Mission ground is beautiful and filled with colorful flowers. Loved the lily pound and the rose bushes. Monarch butterflies are all around especially during spring.
  • While traveling south on Interstate 5, we saw a sign for this mission and decided to stop in.  The mission is quite large and has a rich history behind it.  On our first visit, we didn't stop in but a few years later, we actually toured the grounds of this huge estate and was impressed.   From the historic buildings, fountains, and gardens, they were well maintained and plaques told about their origins.  The only drawback on our visit was the crowds that came in droves, like the "swallows" who return every year.  The gift shop which is across the street had some interesting stuff associated with this historic site.