Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Early closure on Saturday, August 24 at 1pm for volunteer appreciation event

Phone Number

(831) 425-5849

Park Hours

Call the park to confirm.
Monday, Thursday - Saturday from 10am-4pm;
Sunday 12pm-4pm
Closed Christmas, Dec. 25

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.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Summer at the Mission

Summer Events

Summers at the Santa Cruz Mission SHP feature free activities for Families and Children!

Old Fashioned Campfires: Invite friends and create community at these relaxed family friendly gatherings. Live music, hand-made tortillas, and campfire magic. Featured Bands include Robby and Friends and Mosaic. Click here for our next event

Junior Rangers: a statewide program for 7 - 12 year olds. We offer a different program every week. Historic games, crafts, and cooking are among the hands-on STEAM activites for this summer's programs. Click here for more details. Reservations are recommended. Reserve online or by calling (831) 425-5849.

Living History Demonstrations, Drop-In Crafts, and Guided Tours:  for more information on summer offerings click on the Summer at the Santa Cruz Mission sidebar.

Click here for a downloadable brochure of summer activities at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Click on our Summer at the Mission page for all the details!

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.

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.