Founded in 1776, the Mission is the seventh in the California mission chain and the centerpiece of San Juan Capistrano’s historic downtown. The “Jewel of the Missions” occupies a 10-acre site and includes the beautiful central courtyard, gardens and interpretive exhibits that bring the Spanish and prehistory eras to life. Serra Chapel, the only remaining original church in which Father Serra is known to have said Mass, and the ruins of the Great Stone Church are also found within the Mission walls.
Guided tours: Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11:15 a.m., 1:00, 2:15 & 3:45 p.m.
Reservations are required for guided tours for groups of 15 or more. Garden Tours are offered on Wednesdays at 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. An additional audio tour, designed specifically for children, is available in both English and Spanish at $2 per child.