Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

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#1 of 18 in Museums in Orange County
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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  • We visited here on our way from San Diego to Los Angeles. It is worth going here especially to see. The mission ground are beautiful and the the courtyard and surrounding building are beautifully rest...  more »
  • Who is in the area and interested in five Pfennig in history, will be thrilled. The plant is insanely beautiful and lovingly restored. The garden is beautiful. The exhibition with audio guide well done. And the Chapel is the oldest building in California. In this State, where a ten-year-old Starbucks is regarded as a tourist attraction, the mission is a real highlight;)
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  • This is a beautiful partially restored mission right in the middle of the town. I wish I lived closer so that I could have more time to study the mission and how life was lived at the time it was occu...  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.

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