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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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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A picture perfect day to see the Queen of the Missions. The grounds were beautiful. Could not enter the Mission itself.

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Frederick, Maryland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Mission Santa Barbara has good parking in front. It was not crowded when we were there. Watch the short videos to add to your experience. Great photo opportunities everywhere. Gift shops are so so. Read the book Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell before you visit (especially for young tween teen readers) There is a history here about... More

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Reston, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I know it is the "queen of the missions," but nowhere near as nice as San Juan de Capistrano. Still worth a visit.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This is the most dominant of all the missions with its twin towers sitting on the hillside above the town. Whilst the outside presents the best photo opportunities the inner tour has some fascinating exhibits that really convey life at the time of the early missions

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This Mission is called the "Queen of the Missions". There are many Missions up and down the CA coast but this is arguably the best and most impressive. The history of the Mission is great - founded in 1786, it is one of the oldest places you will see in California. Definitely take the tour and hear about the history...it's... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great experience. Steeped in history. Well maintained. The church is very peaceful and beautiful. I have been here multiple times, but every time I come the architecture and the beauty of this mission astounds me.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Nice mission, well preserved and with a pretty big church from the 18th century. The tour is self-guided, but $7 to get in. But if you pace the tour slowly, you will get a great sense of the history behind the building. Definitely worth the visit, and one of the nicest missions in California.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went to the Mission for Mass with some friends on our first Sunday in Santa Barbara. We joined others for coffee afterwards and found there was a lady volunteer doing a tour of the grounds etc. She was great. It is something you should not miss in Santa Barbara.

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