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Mission San Buenaventura

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Address: 225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
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+1 805-643-4318
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Beautiful mission

Decided this would be a good year to visit all of the Spanish missions in California; I've lived here all my life but have only been to 5 or 6 of the 21 missions. Picked San... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jeanne W
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Lompoc, California
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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided this would be a good year to visit all of the Spanish missions in California; I've lived here all my life but have only been to 5 or 6 of the 21 missions. Picked San Buenaventura since it was a decent drive for a day trip on a Monday holiday. This mission is still a very active Catholic parish... More 

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mission is small but appealing. A nice, quick stop. Not a whole lot to see but worthwhile for stretching the legs and learning a little history. $4 donation per adult.

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

I am touring Missions on my vacation. This Mission is small compared to others. It is nice though. This one may not be as amazing as San Juan Capistrano or Santa Barbara but it has character and wonderful history.

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Carthage, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely gardens....very helpful staff. The Mission is quiet and peaceful...a nice stop in a busy day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Mission is wonderful. It was randomly given to us by my sons teacher and it turned out to be a learning experience. It was decorated for Christmas and it really gave us a real special feeling when we were there. It's in the main part of downtown Ventura so after the visit you can grab a coffee or food.

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Port Hueneme, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The courtyard of the mission is a marvelous quit space with some early Cali history thrown in. If you are done shopping, dining, beach, whatever-here's a great place to decompress. Check out the mission as well-very charming.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

If you've been to the famous Capistrano mission on the other side of LA, you probably are expecting the wrong thing from this quaint, unassuming (and active) mission in Ventura. There is a lot of history here surrounding the Mission's founder, Junipero Serra who was recently canonized I believe. Mission tourists I do not think they will be disappointed, but... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Founded in 1782, San Buenaventura Mission was the ninth and last mission consecrated by Junipero Serra. Today all that remains of the original Mission is the church and its garden. Admission is just a very reasonable $4 per person. San Buenaventura Mission is really beautiful and the gardens are spectacular. I really enjoyed visiting this mission - actually all of... More 

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Thank Linda S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

As California Missions go, this is a tiny one, but still worth the visit. There is a small collection of historical artifacts, beautiful gardens, and a pretty chapel. If it's your only chance to see a CA mission, go, but the one up the road in Santa Barbara is much bigger and more impressive...about 1 hour north.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is a must see piece of Ventura history! It was beautiful and so calm and peaceful. If you have the opportunity this is a must.

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