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 Edition.
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  • It was amazing the staff is very helpful and very kind which I truly appreciate. I’m sure coming back for a visit  more »
  • Inspired, blessed and humble. This is a place that has so much history in it. The staff is amazing, friendly, polite and helpful. Mary was so nice and thoughtful. Go by the mission and go to the.....  more »
  • Planned to stop here on our way to Huntington Beach, however, the mission was unfortunately closed to the public that Monday. So we wandered the block and checked out the basilica. Gorgeous area and.....  more »
  • You can get a good feel for the history of this spot. There's enough written to inform and not be boring. It's large enough to be able to spend as much time indoors as out and have an enjoyable couple of hours. I would say it's not for the very young though.
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THIS MISSION. Great place to teach your kids about Spanish/Mexican heritage dating back to 1776. The history behind this landmarks is amazing! Enjoyed reading the story about the annual return of the Cliff Swallows and learning the true mission of Saint Junipero Serra. Had a great time learning about our heritage with my family, my kids had an awesome time. Definitely coming back soon.
  • Very interesting place to visit. Well maintained and very peaceful. They have self-guided audio tours available and is probably needed. Signage is lacking in some areas. Interesting story of the family that bought the mission and how Abraham Lincoln gave it back to the Catholic Church.
  • Absolutely Beautiful, will definitely come back again to bring the rest of the family. At every station they have numbers for you to put in a radio that is provided by the staff for free. It was very informative, and interesting to find out about the Mission and it's History. My Husband and I loved everything from the Church to the Grapevine! The staff was very friendly, we purchased Glass bottles and they let us go put Holy Water from the church inside of them. One was a Gift and my Mother Loved it!
  • So beautiful and historic. Great place if you like history, flowers, koi, art. The grounds are stunning, lots of interesting nooks and crannies. So much to see, very informative movie and well labeled displays. Would love more tree and plant labeling since I'm a recent transplant. Gift shop also first class!

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