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Mission San Luis Rey

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Address: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057
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+1 760-757-3651
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10:00 - 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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Historic Mission

A beautifully kept old mission. The interior of the church is beautiful. The old cemetary is interesting to stroll through also if you enjoy that type of thing. A very pretty... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sue V
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Deming, Washington, United States
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Deming, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautifully kept old mission. The interior of the church is beautiful. The old cemetary is interesting to stroll through also if you enjoy that type of thing. A very pretty place to just sit and relax at tables on the lawn.

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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This mission has been beautifully restored from a nearly total loss, beginning in 1897. It's history is entwined with the political history of southern California, well explained and illustrated in the on-site museum. It was very nicely summarized by the greeter stationed at the entrance to the sanctuary, who also mentioned this is still a very active congregation of 6,000... More 

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Oceanside
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Mission with family members from the Midwest. Great place to relax and learn some history.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing side trip to our LEGOLAND Trip. My family had never been to one of the California Missions and the be able to visit San Luis Rey as their first was an amazing experience. You could see and feel the history as you walked the grounds and have a little fun watching the ground squirrels too. 100%... More 

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Oceanside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want the most awesome mission experience head north to San Juan Capistrano. Absolutely stunning. Misssion San Luis Rey is just okay. The grounds are well kept but it's not the great mission experience you might be looking for. The cemetery is a bit interesting with some of the earliest oceanside enhabitants resting there. It is an active modern... More 

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large grounds, beautiful Church. Interesting history covered in museum with 12 rooms. Pictures, artifacts and short film tell the story of the mission including original document signed by Abraham Lincoln. Entrance fee is $7, $5 for seniors.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

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 19 January 2017

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 15 January 2017

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 12 January 2017

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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