The largest of all the 21 California missions, Old Mission San Luis Rey is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. Facilities include: a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal and multi-function meeting spaces; a Cemetery open to all people; Mission Gift Shop; Historic Church; and interpretive Museum.
Founded in 1798 by Padre Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, successor to Padre Junipero Serra, Mission San Luis Rey was named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who lived during the 13th century. The history of the San Luis Rey area reflects five periods of occupation: Luiseño Indian, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, American Military, and Twentieth Century Restoration.
Visit Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Last self-guided tour begins at 4:30 pm
(Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA