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Nice small replica mission

The 16th of the 21 California Missions I visited on my Motorcycle trip was Mission Santa Cruz aka... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Marana, Arizona
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Don't overlook the State Park when visiting the Mission

The Mission Church replica is owned by the Church. It was built in 1931 - the original Mission... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
Donald L
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.
144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3726
+1 831-425-5849
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We’ve enjoyed visiting all of the missions. Each is unique and a pleasure to see. One of the sisters in the gift shop was not particularly pleasant - we tried to look at their website in advance to understand their their hours but misunderstood when...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JenK992
Reviewed 8 November 2018

The Mission is a historical lesson in how the church serviced the early California residents. It is well preserved, small and furnished as in the appropriate time. The grounds are also well kept and a good place to walk or meditate.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lee H
Reviewed 21 September 2018

My husband and I visited Mission Santa Cruz on a recent visit to Santa Cruz, CA. This is the smallest of the missions we've seen. It's beautiful inside and out... But was a quick visit that definitely takes less than an hour.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LisaandRod93013
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

The 16th of the 21 California Missions I visited on my Motorcycle trip was Mission Santa Cruz aka The Mission of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It was founded August 28th, 1791 as the 12th Spanish Mission. The original mission is all ruins and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timdI3110WX
Reviewed 17 July 2018

some chard from the garden behind the visitor/gift center when I told them I absolutely love greens and make myself a green smoothie when I am home! IT is small but still a part of California history. Told by Julie that a different family occupied...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Marta E
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Hidden treasure- don’t mistake it with the church ⛪ It’s located at the end of the street. Very small but lots of history to absorb. The sheriff that’s watches over is very nice & welcoming. have a small veggie garden chard, kale - and she...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Janjust16
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The mission is small as most of it was destroyed over the years and other areas were developed as the town grew over the centuries. The mission has a nice museum area and the old chapel is small & quiet. The museum is a nice...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank baidra
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The Mission Church replica is owned by the Church. It was built in 1931 - the original Mission church was destroyed in the 1800s by an earthquake. A block away is the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. It contains the only remaining original Mission...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Donald L
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Holy Cross dominates Santa Cruz landscape. It is the first thing you see entering on HIghway 17 and is visible from multiple angels through out town. The mission park is adjacent and quite interesting. You get a feel for what it was like at the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

This is a small mission in a nice area in Santa Cruz. Free parking was easy to find right next to the mission. Another great California mission that I have been visiting as a photography project. Unfortunately the mission and gift shop were closed when...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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