It’s never been easier to visit the birthplace of Orange County! With Caltrans’ I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project underway, Metrolink offers the best and most convenient way to explore the town. And with a $10 Metrolink Weekend Day Pass, you can not only visit San Juan Capistrano, but anywhere along southern California from Oceanside to Los Angeles!
Ride FREE on Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano’s Winter Wonderland
Join OCTA for a Festive Kickoff Event at the Tustin Station
2975 Edinger Avenue
Saturday, December 14, 2013
- Event starts at 9:00 a.m.
- Train to San Juan Capistrano departs at 9:46 a.m.
Enjoy a FREE* Metrolink ticket, holiday refreshments, music, and good cheer!
- FREE Metrolink ticket to the first 50 people (one per person)
- FREE refreshments sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes Tustin
- Live music by carolers
- Lots of FREE parking
Celebrate the season by donating a non-perishable food item to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and spin the wheel for free prizes! Enjoy holiday goodies while singing along with the carolers. Then board the magical Metrolink train filled with carolers and candy canes to San Juan Capistrano’s Winter Wonderland.
Looking for something to please the whole family? You’ll find it at Winter Wonderland on December 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Town Center Park, located at 31852 El Camino Real, a short walk from the Metrolink train station. Along with supervised sledding for the little ones, there will be cider, hot chocolate, cookies, crafts and carolers…and a visit from a jolly fellow from the North Pole.
The kids won’t be the only ones having fun. Shop at the booths for Christmas gifts crafted by local artists. Stroll into town, enjoy the season, and indulge in a delicious lunch. Once fortified, shop some more!
*First 50 people only
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Save With a $10 Weekend Day Pass
Metrolink’s Weekend Day Pass gives you unlimited rides for only $10. The pass is valid system wide on Saturday or Sunday and is available for purchase at all Metrolink station ticket vending machines with weekend service. The $10 Weekend Day Pass can be purchased by selecting "Weekend Pass" on the home screen. Monthly pass holders ride free on weekends systemwide.
Get There by Train
To San Juan Capistrano
Take Metrolink train 660, 662, 857 or 859 from the station nearest you
Arrive at San Juan Capistrano Station
Walk to the Historic Town Center Park located at 31852 El Camino Real
Walk to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink Station
Take Metrolink train 663, 667, 858 or 860 to stations north and east
Great Discounts With Metrolink!
Take Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano and discover (or rediscover) Orange County's oldest community.
Show your Metrolink ticket to get numerous great discounts around the historic downtown – at entertainment venues, shopping and dining, all conveniently located within walking distance from the station! If you come, you must check out these unique, quaint and eclectic places!
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- Mission San Juan Capistrano – established in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra, it is the only mission in Orange County. Although more than 200 years old, Mission San Juan Capistrano has recently made dramatic changes to improve its visitor experience, from adding self-guided audio tours to hands on exhibits such as adobe-brick making. The mission is open 362 days a year – closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Good Friday – and, like the city itself, offers something new and different just about every day.
- El Adobe de Capistrano, was President Richard Nixon’s favorite restaurant while he stayed at the Western White House in neighboring San Clemente. The chairs used by him and First Lady Pat Nixon still sit at their favorite table.
- Swallow’s Inn, a local watering hole famous for its live country music and collection of women’s garments and other local oddities hanging from the ceiling. The Los Angeles Times once named it one of the “Best Dive Bars in America.”
- Historic Los Rios District, the oldest continually lived in residential neighborhood in California, has restaurants and eclectic shops in mission-era adobes and centuries-old buildings. Visitors can find authentic Native American jewelry, home furnishings and souvenirs.
- Sarducci’s American cuisine restaurant was the old train depot back in 1894. Great outdoor patio to watch the trains go by.
- ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, where children get to hold rabbits and guinea pigs and take a ride on a pony or mini-train.
Metrolink San Juan Capistrano might be best known for its annual return of the mysterious swallow, but those who savor unique shopping adventures, one-of-a-kind restaurants and an authentic peek into California’s past know to visit “the birthplace of Orange County” more than once a year.