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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4713
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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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Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great local history, beautiful grounds, incredible buildings. Great way to spend a few hours. Interesting for the whole family.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful mission to visit with lots of interesting information on the history of the mission. The attractions indoors and outdoors were beautiful and the setting is very picturesque. It's probably not a place that is very interesting to young children, but my older kids and I found it well worth the visit.

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coronado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

There was some interesting information about the Chumash Indians and their sculpture, but this is not one of the most interesting missions.

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Bermuda Dunes, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It had been 12 years since my last visit. It is such a beautiful mission. We took the kids, and they appreciated the beauty. The weather was wonderful. The mission is well preserved and worth visiting.

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Clearwater, Florida
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36 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Mission Santa Barbara is a beautiful place with peaceful gardens and grounds. We went Sunday morning while church was in session, so we were unable to get a close look at the church itself. The cemetery area has a huge fig tree that is very impressive. The museum is interesting with lots of artifacts and history about the area. Since... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Ventura but we wanted to go to Santa Barbara to see this Mission. It was amazing to see this living history. The grounds were beautiful! We had a great time going threw the tour. When we were in the chapel it was amazing, the paintings and the statues. They have done such a great job keeping this... More

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Calgary, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We got there after 5:00 closing so could only walk around the front. Still lovely and great views. Hopefully we get back there one day and take the tour!

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A wonderful mission with a great review of Santa Barbara history. Of note, the Chumash tribe in the area that the church paid to build the mission.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We enjoyed spending the afternoon taking the self guided tour and learning about the history of both the Mission and Santa Barbara. Very pretty grounds.

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Sonoma, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful missions in California, and exceptionally well-maintained. It is beautiful inside and out, wih a serenity and dignity that transports you back to the early days of California while steeping you in the traditions that gave California its Spanish flavor.

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