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Not Much Remaining of the Original Mission Settlement

This is the smallest of the 15 missions I have previously visited. Nevertheless, it's "on the... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
San Diego, California
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one of the best

One of the more interesting missions, must see if you love history.Good portion of the mission... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2016
Antioch, California
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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 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

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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
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...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Visited this site on ta family mission trip. It is a very small mission that is free of charge. The mission is quaint. a brief visit, like 15 minutes is about all you will need. If you walk done the street (near the school) there...More

Thank Cheeks123
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

This is the smallest of the 15 missions I have previously visited. Nevertheless, it's "on the mission trail". If you are visiting all 21 California missions, this is close to the end of the trek which began in San Diego. Some artifacts and old priest...More

Thank P3487VXjohnd
Reviewed 7 June 2016

We were hoping to visit a historic California mission to get an up close look at history, but this was a bit of a disappointment. What's left of the original Mission Santa Cruz buildings is not even at this site but down the block at...More

Thank pacificpyro
Reviewed 10 February 2016

When open, a great historical place to visit. Quiet and peaceful. A very nice atmosphere to meditate.

Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 3 February 2016

One of the more interesting missions, must see if you love history.Good portion of the mission standing but wore a sweater or coat the Adobe buildings are cold!

Thank raenetteg
Reviewed 8 January 2016

Our visit was on a rainy day & it was a nice place to visit. This isn't a large Mission, but it has a quaint Chapel. There are many vestments on display & the garden is nice.

Thank 270travelers
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Visited the Mission and Church. The gift shop at the mission not so helpful, but behind at the small park was the awesome park ranger who was so full of knowledge and help - she was amazing. All 8 of us learned something. Totally recommend...More

Thank Heidi O
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