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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4713
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Ranked #11 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Rochester, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I didn't find this very interesting. It was focused mostly on the religious aspect of the place and not really how it functioned to impact the local areas development. There was a fee to tour the building which we didn't do. The gift shop was pretty uninteresting mostly selling religious items that were fairly tacky. They did have a pretty... More

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Lafayette, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The California network of missions is an important part of the state's history. This mission is a great one to visit with a good video, a nice museum and lovely varied grounds to wander. The church itself is still in use and is beautiful.

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Nottingham
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79 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Having previously visited another mission further south which I thought was a fantastic place I rather looked forward to Santa Barbara. It is within reasonable walking distance of the centre although there is a parking space in front. After paying to go in we found there was avery restricted route through the mission which skirts round the gardened inner courtyard... More

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I arrived fairly early so it was pretty quiet and parking was easy. Entry to the Mission was $7 each which is absolutely fine. You could join a free tour but we just did our own thing. I understand that it is still a working building but it felt as if the access was very limited. I... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I liked it because of the church. The church was very peaceful and it I felt very spiritual while visiting. What I didn't like was the possibility that the church might not have been open for viewing. Luckily, it was open when I visited. There was a fee to enter.

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Versailles, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I loved visiting the mission. We took the self-guided tour but I would have loved to have someone narrate and share stories of life here. A beautiful place to visit.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We visited in the morning and it was peaceful, a beautiful building with an amazing history well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you like history, this is a great place. The church is gorgeous and the grounds are lovely. We brought our seven year old and even she loved it and had a good time. We would like to have taken a tour, but thought better of it with the kiddo.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A beautiful mission with interesting museum and succulent garden and a huge rose garden. It is a good stop on the 90 minute trolley tour. You have 1 hour to tour the mission at a discount before the next trolley comes by.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Self guided tour was nice and interesting though nothing spectacular. A bit of history. If you have a couple of hours to spare, knock yourself out. Otherwise, drive by, wave and tell everyone you saw it. You shouldn'y regret either decision.

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