Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum and the birthplace of Orange County. Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the "Jewel of the California Missions" and welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Host to one-of-a-kind artifacts, treasures and paintings, and considered the American Acropolis, ruins of the Great Stone Church. It is a place of historical, cultural, and religious significance, as well as a place of inspiration and education.
Experience our Award Winning audio tour for adults, "Voices of the Mission." Guided tours offered Monday through Sunday. Activities include Koi fish feeding daily, panning for gold and Adobe brick making offered on Saturdays and Sundays and Curiosity Carts offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. Participate in our childrens' "hands on" learning programs. See a snapshot of California's history by touring our exhibits and museum rooms with a Docent guide.
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