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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Springfield, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I was there several years ago. Destination was the beach but we stopped there to see it. It was more impressive that the beaches below the cliffs. How they keep it so clean and neat is a testiment to some caretakers.

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Portland, Oregom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The self-guided tour gives you just enough information on one of southern California's historic locales.

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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What a lovely way to re-visit the past and see a bit of history. Lovely grounds , beautiful buildings and just a nice way to learn about the past way of life of the mission. I suggest sitting through the video and learning about the way the mission was used back in the day when the native americans first settled... More

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139 reviews 139 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The Mission tour in nice, but it isn't really all that special. Some interesting tidbits, but it's hard to spend more than an hour there.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Lovely place to stroll around. Interesting info on the conversion of Native Americans but as a foreigner I found it odd how there was no apology for the forced conversions and labour. Not very large. You could visit in less than an hour. Gift shop had some interesting historical books.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you're already thinking of visiting this place then you already have an appreciation for religious history and sacred architecture -- you need no further coaxing to go. You won't be disappointed either. You'll get a taste of history and the Church's sense of mission by the Franciscans as you browse through. It's not a very big place, and once... More

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Sun City
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We just spent the day relaxing by first going to Solvang for a few hours, seeing Andersen's Split Pea (2 miles away), drove to Santa Barbara and saw the mission, although it was already closed, but worth seeing even from the outside, drove along the wharf for a little bit and drove along the coast viewing the ocean as much... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is one of the best missions I have ever been in. There is a lot of history and spence of all the people that went thru, I just sort of sat there and felt the experience.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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295 reviews 295 reviews
96 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went here around 4 am when all is quiet and peaceful to get some amazing pictures of this beautiful landmark. Totally worth it

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Long Beach, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

An oasis in the middle of Santa Barbara... with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean, bay and coastline. Walk the mission grounds... see the native plants, learn the history of the founding of Santa Barbara and see the work of the early Franciscan Friars... all for only a few dollars admission. You can tour the Church, exterior grounds and... More

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