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Address: 144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number:
+1 831-425-5849

The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.

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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 of worship that is an important part of California history.

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews
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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
Larkspur, Colorado
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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
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
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 a museum.

Thank Linda S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Saint Petersburg, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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
Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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
Chernex, CH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 park however was very interested about history and made us enthusiasts too! The shop in... More 

Thank SaundersNazarethPRKP
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
San Marcos, California
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The majority of the original mission was destroyed by Earthquake damage, but parts of the Mission remain and the staff at the visitors center can answer questions. when you drive up it looks like there is just the chapel and museum, but on the side street past the school, there is a State Historic Park and visitors center with some... More 

Thank csarchibald

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