Day Trips: Los Rios District San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano Metrolink Station

Above: Metrolink Station at San Juan Capistrano

I’ve been traveling over the past couple of weeks. It has been a long time since my health and schedule have allowed me to do so–and so I was quite surprised at the delightful time I was able to have despite having missed my Metrolink train.

If you have not traveled via Metrolink–it is a great option but many of the stations are lacking any sort of facilities.

Not true of the San Juan Capistrano station. The stop is great for a day trip or for a stop over on a longer trip.

Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano

Above: Entry to Los Rios Historic District with the fountain store in the background.

Now since I was traveling with luggage and didn’t see any storage areas, I didn’t take advantage of the close proximity of the the Mission at San Juan Capistrano but I was enthralled with the historic Los Rios district adjacent to the Metrolink station.

In case you have not visited this location, the Los Rios Historic District includes 31 structures which include both commercial businesses and some residential properties.

Historic Architecture in Los Rios Historic District

Above: One of the unoccupied historic buildings in the Los Rios Historic District

The Los Rios area is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Orange County and proudly maintains three adobe homes that were built in 1794 for Mission families.

O'Neill Museum in Los Rios Historic District

Above: Exterior view of the O’Neill Museum in the Los Rios Historic District

Along the main drag is the O’Neill Museum–which is one of San Juan Capistrano’s earliest homes. The museum provides visitors with a glimpse of life over one hundred years ago but it was closed the day I was visiting.

The O’Neill Museum is located at 31831 Los Rios Street. School groups and organizations are invited to arrange guided tours by calling the Historic Society office at 949-493-8444. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

Tea Room in Los Rios Historic District

Above: Tea Room in the Los Rios Historic District

Many of the homes are private residences but there is a petting zoo, garden shop, tea room, a few restaurants, legal office, and other commercial services.

If you are into architecture, the structures include single-wall board and batten homes that were erected between 1887 and 1910.

But the really lovely thing about the area is the gardens…



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  • 1
    Shadow's Mom
    April 23rd, 2009 15:56

    I lived in Mission Viejo (just up the freeway from San Juan Capistrano) for most of my life, but I never made time to see the Los Rios area. I have seen the outside of the Mission, but never the inside. I will have to make time to go there and see everything! It looks so interesting! Thanks for the info!

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 24th, 2009 07:42

    @Shadow’s Mom: Yes, you must visit. If you need company–count me in!