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Mission State Park

144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3726
+1 831-425-5849
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Replica but still Interesting

Holy Cross dominates Santa Cruz landscape. It is the first thing you see entering on HIghway 17... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Santa Cruz, California
Small but nice

This is a small mission in a nice area in Santa Cruz. Free parking was easy to find right next to... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
Walnut Creek, California
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.
  • Excellent20%
  • Very good50%
  • Average24%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“active church” (3 reviews)
“gift shop” (5 reviews)
144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3726
+1 831-425-5849
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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

Thank JeriLG
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

Thank Woodpecker48
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The gift shop is a half-scale replica of the original mission. Around the corner to the right is the State Park with the historical displays of what mission life was like for early Californian people. It is a small exhibit, but was just right for...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I love history, and the establishment of the original European settlements here in California are of great interest to me. At this actual State Park, the Ranger on duty explained a lot more to us, which we appreciated. There are photos in the office of...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

This mission is not original. It has been rebuilt. It is very small and there are only a few pieces displayed in the gift shop. It still is very neat to see all the Missions.

Thank Tcard2013
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
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