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Explore the California Missions

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Monterey County. The third mission built along El Camino Real, constructed in 1771. Photo by mlhradio, used under a Creative Commons license.

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Monterey County.
The third mission built along El Camino Real, constructed in 1771, this is considered the most remote of the missions.
Photo by mlhradio, used under a Creative Commons license.

Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events. Some missions feature demonstrations in basket weaving, adobe brick making, gold panning and Native American storytelling. A quick internet search will show that missions, such as San Juan Capistrano, include links to websites of the Indian tribes who once inhabited the land. As parents, we have an opportunity to help our children develop critical thinking skills and have meaningful conversations about this important part of our nation’s history. Best American Landmarks to Visit with Kids: California Missions

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