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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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Cotati
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
JeriLG
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Santa Cruz, California
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The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.
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144 School St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3726
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Marta E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

Thank Baidra M
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

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

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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

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
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