Distinctive Destinations

Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Location: San Juan Capistrano, California

Historic landmark, museum and chapel, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County. Founded in 1776, this mission became known as the "Jewel of the Missions." Today, the Serra Chapel still stands where Saint Serra once celebrated mass, as well as the Ruins of the Great Stone Church --often referred to as the American Acropolis. It is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Famous for the annual return of the swallows, the Mission welcomes over 350,000 visitors each year. Among the sites to see is the iconic bell wall where you can experience the tradition of bell ringing daily and tour exhibits featuring historical artifacts and paintings.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

photo by: Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Visitors can enhance their trip with the new multi-language audio tour available in English, Spanish, French and German, participate in hands-on activities and more. Come see why Mission San Juan Capistrano is "Worth a Visit."

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount

Receive $2 off regular Adult admission. Limit (4) discounts per coupon. (Not applicable towards group bookings, field trips or festival days. Not valid with any other offer.)

Visit the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Plan Your Visit

Join the Trust to enjoy a host of membership benefits

Join Today

Your gift today will be put to immediate use, shaping the future of the places that matter.

Join Us