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Mission San Luis Rey

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Address: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057
Phone Number:
+1 760-757-3651
Today
09:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the...

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 in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. Facilities include a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal, multi-function meeting spaces, a Cemetery open to all people, Mission Gift Shop, Historic Church and interpretive Museum.

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Stroll the grounds for free.

Mission has lovely landscaping of California plants. Nice place to enjoy the outside. Cemetery is interesting. Nice garden by retreat center. We did not view the museum.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mission has lovely landscaping of California plants. Nice place to enjoy the outside. Cemetery is interesting. Nice garden by retreat center. We did not view the museum.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful mission. Great to see from afar and up close. This mission has a tour you can do inside (for a few dollars), a cemetery (for free, outside) and lot of things to look at and walk and learn from outside. This is a beautiful place to take picture at.The are many things to look at, from old graves and... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the oldest and grandest mission in California. Self-guided tour inside and outside. The old bath/laundry area is still standing - thank goodness, as it was one of our favorites. Mission was covered by Huelle Howser (sp?) and we think also by Ken Kramer.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth the stop. Such deep history and just plain beautiful! My husband and I loved the whole place but the Pepper Tree from 1800's was amazing as was the inside of the chapel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited other missions in California. This is the most beautiful mission I have visited. The architecture and paintings are spectacular. In addition, the grounds are beautiful.

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is quite a historic place. The museum is fixed nicely and there several rooms with displays and information about the mission and its past. There is a super gift shop that I have purchased items from. Also there is a cemetery. The mission is still in use and is open for use.

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Wellington, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very beautiful mission with beautiful grounds inside for the cemetary. It also has the oldest pepper tree inside its grounds. :) A beautiful place to spend an hour looking around,

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Turlock, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am on a Mission Tour vacation. This was my 2nd stop. The building was beautiful. This had very little to see except the outside and cemetery. If you want to pay there are 10 rooms inside to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful church that is...from the surrounding, outside to inside and the architecture... it is a completed package and historical landmark. You don't see many church like that now a day. I am glad to be part of it. One of the rare historical landmark in North County San Diego.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Coming to the mission is like taking a trip back in California history. The church is very quiet and a great place to be peaceful. The mission is an example of architecture and history from a time long ago.

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