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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  • 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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  • Loved the history of the place. A lot of things to see. However I took the guided tour and he didn't visit half of the building. He did go into the history and everything but if you buy the audio tour you 'll probably walk through all the things. Guided tour was about an hour long.
  • Lovely place full of history. Look at the plants and the fruits. There are lemons, grapes and much more. The plants are stunning and big like I have never seen. You have the possibility to see the artifacts and visits Serra's Church. There is a little gift shops with a lot of gifts from different parts of the World..
  • The nickname "Jewel of the California Missions" is an apt description for this beauty. It has ruins of the original stone church, restore original buildings and abundant, lovely gardens. There is an audio tour, helpful map and many interpretive exhibits. If you can only visit one California Mission, this would be an excellent choice. The gift shop is very nice and has a few sections catering to a wide variety of tastes: Catholic books and objects, clothing, swallow themed gifts and souvenirs, kid stuff, jewelry and more. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a line for admission when we arrived but the gift shop staff were happy to have us pay for entry there. A class act all around!
  • Great place to visit and learn about Spanish California and early missions. Those who work there are very courteous and professional. Worthwhile for two hours.
  • Wow! What a wonderful surprise and beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The whole family went. We all did the self guided audio tour which was perfect. Be prepared to spend a few hours. Purchased a beautiful cross too - I would just shop at the gift shop for gifts through out the year! A peaceful retreat full of education, and spiritual history.

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