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Mission State Park

144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-425-5849
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Although the original mission chapel is no longer, the recontructed one is simply beautiful. the... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Raymond S
Los Angeles, California
If touring the California Missions, this is a quick one to check off.

Small mission, free admission, self guided tour that will take just a few minutes. A humble place... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Sacramento, California
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good49%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-425-5849
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

Although the original mission chapel is no longer, the recontructed one is simply beautiful. the mission chapel has a simple mueseum (religious items) and a peaceful play to pray. I have seen many missions and while this one doesn't have all the original buildings as...More

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Small mission, free admission, self guided tour that will take just a few minutes. A humble place of worship that is an important part of California history.

Thank vacayfamily2016
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is an important but smaller historical California Mission that you should visit. It is in a park with a large Catholic Church and a park with lots of places to hang out. Quaint architecture and still serves as an active church with services.

Thank Oceandweller7
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We went to the site of the old Santa Cruz Mission over which is now built a Catholic Church - old itself as built in 1889 The site is pretty The only surviving mission building is a dormitory that has been restored and functions as...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This was a pretty little park, with tables, parking close to the beach, nice trees and grass area, and restrooms.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Made the trip for my sons fourth grade project. We had a blast. What a beautiful location and quite a learning experience.

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 9 October 2016

I've been photographing the Spanish Missions for the last couple of years. This mission is a recreation as the original was demolished during an earth quake. It's worth the time and great for photography.

Thank bennett942
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Although the original mission is gone. The new church is historic and beautiful. The site is pretty and the original Spanish plaza remains.

Thank Anne G
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The ranger (Clare) was great, knowledgeable and very accommodating. This park is actually down the street from the mission. There is no museum at the mission itself, only a very small gift shop with a not-so-knowledgeable volunteer. The ranger down the road at the state...More

Thank SaundersNazarethPRKP
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Probably the smallest of all the missions that is still standing today. The church you see today is a replica of the original that was destroyed by earthquake in 1857.

Thank Grecel L
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