Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

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#1 of 19 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. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    I had not visited the mission in many years. I went yesterday, and I was so amazed at the restorations. The old stone church is visible now. The Serra Chapel is as beautiful and peaceful as ever. The ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We have visited for the second time and I doubt that it will be the last. The previous visit to today added more items to be admired by the public in general. I understand that it may be contradictory sense of what happened there centuries ago, but if you go with a strict sense of the historic ride is very didactic. Its surface invites you to relax with its well-kept gardens and convert its centuries-old architecture in a portal to the past in the XXI century, recommended.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The coastal train will take you almost to the door. Once there, you will have a guide take you around and tell you the history of the Mission. Great place to take children as they will be delighted in...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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!
  • July 10, 2017
    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!
  • April 14, 2017
    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.
  • March 31, 2017
    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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