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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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Reviewed 4 days 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.

Thank SueK167
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ociannarose
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Maps661107
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Trip137901
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank ReadRibbet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank rmango2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank David I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Howard A
Reviewed 4 October 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

Thank John U
Reviewed 3 October 2018

In Oceanside for a vacation, went to the Mission for some history. Took the self guided tour, was very interesting and informative. Well done tour through the building and some beautiful grounds.

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15 May 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
20 January 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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30 August 2015|
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Response from nissan1515 | Reviewed this property |
the tours start at 1pm from the front gate to the museum.