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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Missions, History Museums, Religious Sites, Gardens, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: Families with children and people who like to live history should not miss the Santa Barbara Mission. Considered the "crown jewel" of the California... more »
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southern california
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85 reviews 85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Love the location of this mission. Enjoyed walking through the park and looking at the cross and rose gardens. Renovations recently done and building is beautiful. Was kind of disappointed that there isnt much to see inside. Did the self guided tour and looked around. Inside grounds were kind of boring. Comparing it to San Gabriel and La Purisima missions,... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The title fits the subject very nicely! The grounds are immaculately kept and maintained. There is a rose garden in front of the Mission, a museum and souvenir shop and a park nearby. Excellent for weekend walks and family activities. There is a lavanderia (wash basin) by the side of the Mission where the laundry was done by the Indians.... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful premises, lawn and structure regardless of religious faith or beliefs. A must see plus the rose gardens across the street.

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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

They don't call this the Queen of the Missions for nothing. The SB Mission is one of the most beautiful Missions in California. The tour is interesting and the graveyard in the back is packed with local history. The Mission Rose Garden across is the street is perfect for an afternoon picnic. In the spring and summer you can enjoy... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Worth the walk to the Mission. Walk in a neighborhood of old big homes. The Mission is still functioning as a place of worship. The grounds are fabulous along with the rose garden. The houses that face the mission Are 1920's. Worth the visit. Walk from wharf to the Mission About 3 miles.this is a everyday visit. Santa Barbara citizens... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

"The Old Mission" is a must-see in any of the San/Santa cities along California's Mission Trail, but the Santa Barbara Mission is something special. Still an integral part of many community activities (I Madonnari and the kick-off for Fiesta for example) it is well preserved and full of interesting nooks and crannies. The interior courtyard garden hasn't changed much in... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Across the street is a nice park for hanging out, picnic etc with the family. On clearer days you get a nice ocean view. Explore in the back area of the mission for the skulls - the Queen of the missions, this place (and other areas) will also remind you of the exploited native americans in the Santa Barbara area... More

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Little Rock, AR
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16 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We were visiting Santa Barbara via cruise ship. The Mission was a lovely way to spend the morning. It's a very peaceful place. We definitely recommend visiting while in Santa Barbara. If you arrive on a cruise ship, take the shuttle up State Street and then connect to the bus.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The mission a worth taking the time to visit. There is ample free parking and the items on display along with the film regarding the history of the mission are well done.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The Church has done a marvellous job in in providing information about the Mission from the time of its inception to the present day. Informative and moving - reading about the sacrifices of the mission fathers and those who lived and worked there. Yet a sense of timeless calm and serenity pervades the mission and you cannot but feel at... More

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