Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • This was a great old mission. The story behind the earthquake that destroyed the cathedral is fascinating six years after it was built. There is a lot of the ruins left so you can still imagine what i...  read more »
  • In a recent visit to the mission, I found the docents to be very knowledgeable, friendly and made tours very enjoyable. The staff is very friendly also and will assist with any questions or needs you ...  read more »
  • We just spent an evening at the Vintage San Juan Capistrano Festival at the Mission last weekend and it was incredible! The mission was the perfect backdrop and a beautiful place to host an event! The...  read more »
  • I really liked it, but I think it could be better preseved. I'be been in lots of spanish missions in Mexico and this one looks a little unattended. Must visit anyway, beautiful place.
  • A great treat for families on Mother's Day! My brother was concerned it wouldn't be appropriate for his two small children, but they had a blast. The ruins of the old church gave my nephews a chance to learn about earthquakes, and the kids' playroom had blocks where they could experiment with building an arch (and knocking it down). The gardens' flowers and fountains were a big hit with the boys as well as my parents. Make sure you check the events list on the website before you come to avoid the crowds, and try the train! Metrolink and Amtrak both offer service that is clean and comfortable.
  • Mission Capistrano is the Jewel of the mission system - the grounds are beautiful and impressive. Very popular so try to visit on a weekday. The flowers are always changing so if you visit 3 months later from your last visit you'll have a different sensory experience. Plenty of good places to eat near the mission.
  • One of the best preserved missions, surrounded by wonderful eateries. Which means that after a half day of touring the grounds and enjoying, what seems to be unending great weather, you can relax and eat some great meals. This mission is particularly neat because the original site, the "ruins" resulting from the earthquake are still up and view able up close. This is one worth the trip.
  • A great must see opportunity to see a well preserved mission from 1776, with a walking tour of the museum, chapel, and grounds. Activities for children on the weekends, and they have concerts at night in the summer. Not crowded, a very serene place to visit. Very popular with photographers, for landscapes, and weddings.
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