Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

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Mission Tourist Spot
Wander the buildings and gardens of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and take a step back into California's history. Built in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra, the mission still serves the community to this day. Notice both the belfry and vestibule design styles, a combination that is not found in any of the other California missions. Explore the grounds and the church on your own, or prearrange a docent-led tour. Stop by the museum for a brief history of the mission. If you would like to attend a service, check the website for worship times. Plan to see Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Luis Obispo family vacation planner.
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  • Mission San Luis Obispo is one of the smaller ones, and still an active Catholic church. Several of the mission rooms are used for historical and cultural displays, and a gift/souvenier shop. There is...  more »
  • My friend and I ducked in here and did a self guided tour through the museum and church. There was a variety of mission life items including photographs. The church itself was beautiful. The gift shop...  more »
  • Stopped in San Luis Obispo on our Route 1 tour to see the mission. While I wouldn't say it's spectacular I would recommend going. Lot of history in this mission from the 1700's. I'd love to ride a hor...  more »
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  • Although not original, this is a beautiful Mission. The grounds are beautiful and worth a visit. We took a tour, and it's well worth it. Stayed for late Sunday Mass, and it was beautiful, with a wonderful singer.
  • Historic, active, Franciscan Mission Catholic Church built in 1772, right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. The town grew around the Mission. The 5th mission built of the 21 California Missions. Docent tours available, gift shop and museum.
  • Amazing place for a spiritual experience. Just beautiful and as you walk in you feel the spirits of the past and the presence of The Holy Spirit with you. All I can say is that you must visit this place and before you leave check out the gift shop.
  • A beautiful mission. It's small compared to the other midsions along the way, but it's free and educational.
  • Our Californian friends have introduced us to the historic places of San Louis Obispo. Great place with explanation tables to teach about the history.

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