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Mission San Luis Rey

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Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the "King of the Missions," is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public...more
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4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
+1 760-757-3651
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All reviews pepper tree beautiful grounds gift shop franciscan friars california history self guided tour lots of history behind the scenes retreat center rose garden parish church at noon abraham lincoln peaceful place small museum great history for sale
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

California is dotted with historic missions but this one is special for 2 reasons. It is big, beautiful and historically gorgeous. Its still an active mission with Franciscan Mass you can attend. If you're driving by Oceanside on Interstate 5 or the Coast Highway get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds and interesting historical sight. Take time to stroll and take in the ambiance. Charming chapel and peaceful cemetery. Small nursery and gift shop an interesting stop. Two hours to do it right.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SueK167
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This California Mission is only one of a few that has an active Friar Community. All of the Masses are precided by the Franciscan Friars. The population here is very diverse and the various Ministries reflect that. Retreats are regularly held as are religious education...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ociannarose
Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you’re interested in CA missions then Mission San Luis Rey is Must. This Oceanside mission was the meeting place for Padres of old since it was in the middle of the mission chain. You’ll find a active historic perish church, wonderful museum, interesting old...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

My wife enjoys seeing Missions with history. The grounds are nice and the mission inside is beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Trip137901
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Easily accessible outside of Oceanside with plenty of free parking, the Mission San Luis Rey is a beautiful destination. The grounds are completely open and only the museum has an entrance fee. The historic church can be visited free (donation encouraged). There is plenty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

This mission is one of the most beautiful in California. It offers a lot of interesting things to see at the site including the rose garden, cemetery, lavanderia, koi pond, museum. It is a very active church offering classes and special events by different cultures.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rmango2
Reviewed October 17, 2018

What an enchanting mission to visit in Southern California. The massive grounds are very tranquil and a great escape after navigating the hectic freeway systems of Southern California. The museum was excellent and describes in detail the massive reconstruction that was needed to bring life...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David I
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the 21 Spanish missions in SoCal - this one in Oceanside was well maintained with a very knowledgeable staff to answer questions. Many special exhibits of its rich 200+ history, including tools, pictures and paintings.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HowardAdy
Reviewed October 4, 2018

This beautiful church is still functioning as a Roman Catholic Church, complete with resident Franciscan friars. This is one of the 21 Missions founded by Father Junipero Serra during the 18th Century. They claim to have the "first pepper tree" ever planted in California. I'm...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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May 15, 2016|
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Response from N6880DHdavid | Reviewed this property |
Absolutly. Just go to the gift shop and they will be happy to help you
January 20, 2016|
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Response from Barbara K | Reviewed this property |
Go to MYTcounty look under Local Interest then California Missions. You can look at how to plan your trip. It has a list of all California Missions and a map showing where they are. San Diego has a very beautiful mission and... More
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August 30, 2015|
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Response from nissan1515 | Reviewed this property |
the tours start at 1pm from the front gate to the museum.