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“Mission San Luis Rey de Francia”

Mission San Luis Rey
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Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Mission San Luis Rey
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Mission San Luis Rey Museum Admission
Ranked #3 of 65 things to do in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 17 April 2014

As a history teacher, I just had to visit San Luis Rey. Historically, it's the 18th mission and the largest of the Spanish missions. And large it is! The grounds are immense and so well maintained! It's also still in operation for everything from retreats to sightseeing to company meetings. It has a great little souvenir shop but we missed the museum. *Tip* The museum closes at 4:30 so plan appropriately. There is also admission charged at the museum. You'll love your visit!

Thank William A
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Liked the film on the Missions history. Seeing the restoration is wonderful as I have seen it in not very good shape. Walk the grounds and visit the gift shop and cemetary. A good overview of what the area was like long ago

1  Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

This Spanish Mission, located 4 miles east of Oceanside was a beautiful and peaceful attraction, worth seeing, if you are into the history of California. Some of the lovely grounds are limited, but there is a self-guided tour, costing $5 per person, with our daughter being free since she is in the 5 and under group. It has the usual artifacts of mission life, a beautiful church, but what we found most relaxing was going through the cemetary grounds. The gardens at the cemetary are very nice and peaceful. Little crowds, (We went on a sunny Saturday), and plenty of parking. The large grounds also have exploring paths to the barrack ruins and the lavenderia. There is a gift shop, restrooms, soda vending machines, and shaded picnic tables. Many, many photo opportunities. There is fast-food and an Albertsons grocery store a mile west of the mission, so grab a picnic lunch and enjoy this king of the missions.

1  Thank Tim S
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We had visited several missions in Texas, so we were interested in visiting this mission. It was worth the visit. The grounds are beautiful, peaceful, and well maintained. It is a piece of history to not be missed. The volunteers were eager to share information. They do ask for free will offerings, and I believe there is a tour available for a fee, but our teenagers were not interested. So, we made a donation and purchased some items from the gift shop.

2  Thank abcboys
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

The mission has a rich history for the region. See artifacts on the way the early settlers lived; read their history. There is constant work the mission is preserved for future generations. The presentations around the museum are well documented. Enjoy the grounds and the stories that it holds.

1  Thank Blue Magic
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