San Juan Capistrano
Historic Charm in the Birthplace of Orange County
Just a short drive away from Orange County and Los Angeles, San Juan Capistrano has an array of things to do. The historic charm of the area will leave you captivated. Attractions unique to the area include the Los Rios Historic District, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. San Juan Capistrano is just south of Dana Point.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic chapel, landmark, and museum that was founded over two hundred years ago. Considered ‘the birthplace of Orange County’ the chapel, which still stands today, was the place where Saint Serra once celebrated mass. Visitors are invited to explore the historic multi-cultural attraction which embraces its rich European, Mexican, Spanish, and Native American heritage. You’ll be able to see one-of-a-kind paintings, precious artifacts, and rare treasures while also witnessing a traditional rich of the iconic bell to honor Saint Junipero Serra. Visitors can spend their time relaxing in the peaceful gardens, getting hands-on and weaving their own basket with Native American techniques, or attend one of their many events or festivals.
ZOOMARS Petting Zoo is a one-of-a-kind attraction that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else in San Juan Capistrano. Admission to the zoo ensure that you’ll be able access the Petting Pens and visit the Bunny Patch, the Guinea Pig Gully, the Corn Box, and the Playground. The zoo has been around for over thirty years and is a popular family friendly place to spend the day. You’ll get to see friendly animals such as sheep, cows, pigs, guinea pigs, emus, bunnies, goats, and some lovable llamas that love to be hugged. Other activities and features include a mini train, pony rides, and panning for treasures at Miner’s Gulch. Visitors of all ages always have a great time at ZOOMARS.
The Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park comprises an 8,000-acre wilderness preserve that is nestled among sandstone canyons, river terraces, and the Santa Ana Mountains. The park is open to the public all year long and is perfect for exploring the area’s stunning flora and fauna such as California sycamore and coastal live oak trees. There are many programs and events held there including ranger-guided nature walks and “Critter Talks” with local naturalists. You can spend hours hiking the trails through meadows filled with wildflowers and running streams; if you’re able to spend the night camping in their designated grounds fitted with all the facilities you’d need for a great night under the stars.
33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-923-2210
31791 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-831-6550