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Mission San Antonio de Pala

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While having a little weekend getaway in San Diego, we stopped at the beautiful Mission San Antonio de Pala. The mission is very close to the Pala casino and is only accessible by a small dirt road. When we pulled off the main road to visit this hidden gem, our children were amazed by the beauty of this mission.

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It was founded in 1816 by Fr. Antonio Peyri. It was very prosperous and received more than 1300 Indian converts until the beginning of its decline after the secularization by the Mexican government in 1846. Partially restored in 1903, the restoration of the original quadrangle was complete in 1959. The mission is the only one of the original California missions still ministering to Native American People. (source: Mission San Antonio De Pala)

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The mission is gorgeous and full of history for children to explore when visiting. It is just a couple miles away from the popular Old Mission San Luis Rey but gives children a completely different experience. The mission is smaller than most, and there are hardly any visitors that frequent it. Take the time to talk to the people at the mission, walk around the small town and absorb all the rich history in this community.

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It is located at: 3015 Pala Mission Rd, Pala, CA 92059

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