Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano, often called the birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than 200 years ago as the seventh of the 21 missions along ‘El Camino Real’ in California. The Spanish Missions of California were religious outposts that brought livestock, fruits, vegetables, flowers and industry into California.
Surrounded by adobe walls, the Mission’s 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains are a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, containing many areas of interest.
The audio tour ‘Voices of the Mission’, features music, history and storytelling about early California and the story of the “Jewel of the Missions.” Saved by the Mission Bell: A Child’s Journey Through California History is also available. Children will enjoy the Passport Explorer, which includes a walking map, interesting historical facts and games that teach about the Mission history. Be sure to visit Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church for an amazing look into the past. (949)234-1300 www.missionsjc.com. OCTA bus routes 91, 191