Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
(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 is one of the most beautiful missions I've ever been to. I didn't get to see the swallows (wrong time of year) but I'll be back to hopefully see them again! The only disappointing thing was that ...  more »
  • An interesting snippet of history. California doesnt have many old buildings, like eastern United States, but the Missions tell a tale of California's beginning. 
  • I have the swallows tattooed on me and I love their meaning! So it was really cool when I got to visit this mission and learn more about the history. I understand why the swallows always return home h...  more »
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  • I have been to numerous missions in California, and so far this one is my favorite. The grounds are kept and the displays were top notch. We picked up an audio guide for our 7 year old figuring that we would get a distilled version of the adults. This audio guide was amazing. We all learned a lot about the mission and we are looking forward to the adult version next time we visit. The ruins of the church was breath taking. I could only imagine how magnificent it was when it was all in one piece. The neat thing was that we could see how they built the walls with found stones. There was a couple taking wedding photos on the grounds, and we could only imagine how stunning their photos will turn out.
  • I'm fascinated by old Spanish missions. The Mission in San Juan Capistrano is a gem to SoCal! You can bring the family or just enjoy quiet time alone over a relaxing picnic with great ambiance. During the holidays they even have special events! I believe it's in June or July when they have their annual Mariachi Battle too? Over 20 or so mariachi bands compete and you get to enjoy every one of them. If you're nearby, it's definitely worth the annual pass.
  • Great place for photos and history...just be aware it is white washed history from one side... But beautiful and enjoyable to walk around and explore.
  • History....beuty and nature at San Juan capistrano mision
  • I've been coming here to photograph for 20 years... Easily the most stunning of the California missions.