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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

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Park Hours

Call the park to confirm
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed: Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving

Closed: Thursday December 22 through Sunday December 25 for the Christmas holiday.

Driving Directions to Santa Cruz Mission SHP

The historic park is in downtown Santa Cruz; take Mission Street to Mission Plaza. The adobe is located one block off the plaza on School Street.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Visiting the Santa Cruz Mission

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park sits atop Mission Hill offering a patio, gardens, and excellent views of the city.  The park features the only building left of the 12th California Mission, Misión la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz, founded by the Franciscans in 1791.  Restored to its original appearance, the austere single-story adobe was once housing for the California Indian residents of the Mission.  Exhibits inside tell the story of the mission through the lens of the experience of the Ohlone and Yokuts people.

Calling all Archeology Enthusiasts

Summer Archeology Project
Mondays from June 26 through August 21 from 10 am to 2 pm
Join Santa Clara University in partnership with California State Parks in gaining hands on experience in treatment and identifying archeological artifacts. Volunteers are needed to sort and process artifacts from the 2-year archaeological excavation at the Mission Santa Clara, conducted by Santa Clara University. Volunteers will receive formal lab training and will gain a clear understanding of California Mission life, based upon this latest research. Lab work will occur at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. For more information, contact Erik Hylkema with the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park (831) 425-5849 or email Visit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park webpage at

School Tours

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park offers school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year.  We are currently taking reservations for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program.  Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations. Click here for a more information on school fieldtrips and a description of a Mission Day program.

4th Grade Mission Projects

The park offers many resources to support students studying the missions, and their families.

  Tours and Events:
Guided Adobe Tours and Living History Demonstrations are great opportunities for in-depth study and hands-on experiences. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour whenever the park is open. Click on Events and Activities for more information.

   Mission Building Game:
Gather round the table to play this board game set in Spanish Colonial California. Spend reales and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. This is an exciting interactive way to learn about mission history. Geared for families, 8 yrs and older. Click on Events and Activities for upcoming dates, and to reserve your spot!

PIck up a copy of "Information about Mission Santa Cruz" at the Visitor Center, or call our office to have it sent to you by mail

.  Junior Ranger Activity Guide:
Our self-guided booklet is a fun and thought-provoking way to explore the museum. Kids can earn a badge! (for 7 - 12 year olds.)

 Books, kits, cards and more:
The ParkStore offers a variety of materials to extend your experience and assist with your project.  Visit the online store by clicking the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks link at the right.

Mission Exhibits

This portion of the adobe, built in the early 1800’s, is the only surviving building from Mission Santa Cruz. Archeological excavations in the 1980’s revealed that this had been Indian family housing, the only example of its kind still standing in California today.  The story of the Ohlone and Yokuts Indian experience at the Santa Cruz Mission is depicted through exhibits and a wall-sized movie projection.  These are featured on guided tours, and may also be viewed at leisure on self-guided tours.  The 7-room building also includes information about Ohlone lifeways prior to European contact, archeological excavations and Rodriguez and Neary family histories. 

Private Events

Consider hosting your business or personal events at the park.  Our courtyard and patio may be the perfect setting for your family reunion, small wedding, or reception.  Call Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 for information.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available