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Mission San Juan Capistrano Announces Two New Tours

Mission San Juan Capistrano does a great job offering educational and entertaining activities for visitors of all ages.  As the anchor of San Juan Capistrano’s tourism industry, this dedication is important to the entire city’s economic well-being.

Serra Chapel Tour: every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

“In honor of Father Serra’s 300th birthday celebration, the Mission is offering guests the chance to enjoy a private tour of the Serra Chapel, the most historically significant chapel in California, every Sunday.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the nine missions Father Serra founded.  It is also the only California mission to name a church in Father Serra’s honor.  Father Serra celebrated mass in the Mission’s newly built adobe church in 1783, just a year before he died.  Mission San Juan Capistrano remains the only California mission church that has survived in which Father Serra celebrated mass.

$2 per person in addition to admission; Free for Mission Members.”

Swallows Walk & Talk Tour: daily at 1 PM.

“The arrival of the cliff swallows to the Mission every March 19th in world renowned.  Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano in large groups.  Some cliff swallow colonies number more than 3,500 nests.

Join us daily for the Swallows Walk & Talk tour to learn the facts about cliff swallows, view the swallows vocalization experiment and hear the legend of the Swallows if Capistrano, as told by Father St. John O’Sullivan, pastor of the Mission from 1910-33.

$2 per person in addition to admission; Free for Mission Members.”

Please support the Mission as it introduces these two new tours.  More information available at the Mission’s website.

EDIT: We corrected the time of the Serra Chapel Tour.  Please make a note.

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