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Address: Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101, 2nd and Franklin Sts, San Juan Bautista, CA
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Fascinating excursion into the California's past

The historic park includes tours of several heritage buildings on the square facing the Mission including a settler's cabin, the old hotel, the stable, the little jail, and a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 May 2016
Marigoldmunchkin
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Santa Rosa, California
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The historic park includes tours of several heritage buildings on the square facing the Mission including a settler's cabin, the old hotel, the stable, the little jail, and a couple of homes. I particularly enjoyed visiting the hotel, and the Breem house. Interpretive signs told interesting stories of the area, the people who settled and built it, a notorious bandido,... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

What a fabulous park to take my son to for his fourth grade Mission Project. I thought it would be better to visit then just read the info off the internet. Now when he does his research it will have more meaning. It was wonderful strolling the grounds and buildings. well worth the trip. Plenty of parking on the street.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

The mission was closed for a private service during our visit, so we were only able to visit the mission arcade & gift shop, walk around the park and enjoy the view of the valley. San Juan Bautista is a fun and historic little town and very much worth an afternoon to explore. Parking was difficult to find, but that... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

We have visited the mission and seen the buildings at San Juan Historical Park several times. This time we went to see the Christmas tree that was set up in the park area. They labeled it Community Peace Tree - but to me, its a Christmas Tree. They had dwarves also by the tree.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Not much here, but it was really cool to see a 'ghost town.' Town was very quiet when we went (a Tuesday) but the old Spanish colonial architecture had such a quaint feel Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

We happened upon the state park by accident on the 1st Saturday of the month when they do "living history" with period dress and activities. Spent around 2 hours touring the old buildings and talking to the locals. It was fun and interesting.

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Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

An interesting variety of historic buildings, and worth the modest price of admission. I was there on the first Saturday of September (Labor Day Weekend), hoping to see living history which is provided by volunteers on the first Saturday of every month. Except for a couple of very nice women doing a bread demonstration behind the Castro/Breen adobe, there wasn't... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

Plan your visit on the first Saturday of the month, when volunteer docents in period dress are on site for demonstrations. We saw a lace making demo, held antique firearms, got a lesson on cabin carpentry, and toured several buildings for only $3. It's well worth the fee and a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. I imagine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

We stopped here by accident and were overwhelmed with the Mission and Plaza Hotel. The museum is inexpensive($3) and the exhibits are good. The museum gets a lot of visits from school children during the year so it is geared accordingly and makes it fun for everyone. There is a lot to see and you get a basic understanding not... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Very cool to see the wide range of examples of carts and buggys that are in supreme shape. Great explanations for each one. Tools and equipment for running a farm long ago are there as well. Want to see how they use to live....what they're rooms looked like....it's here too. Cute little set up!

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