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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4713
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Ranked #11 of 72 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, History Museums, Gardens, Museums
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Owner description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful and historic mission that has an amazing view back down of Santa Barbara and the ocean. Makes for a great afternoon to learn about the history of the city.

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Golden, Colorado
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The missions helped develop California and this is one of the best and well maintained. Well laid out tourist path shows where people came from and the cemetary shows the various participants. The role of the the Native American Chumash is folded into the stories and nicely assembled displays. The gardens are tolerating the drought interestingly.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

The gardens are so beautiful. The flowers take your breath away with their color and fragrance. Just a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains.

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Bay Point, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Two(2) bell towers makes this Mission one-of-a-kind. It is really huge. We missed the docent lead tour at 11:30AM. But the self guided tour was great. Discounts available for seniors.

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Buffalo, NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We visited 3 of the missions on our drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. Mission Santa Barbara was definitely the best one we visited. It is located on elevated ground surrounded by the most beautiful mountains. The gardens are filled with the most fragrant roses and beautiful bouganvillea. We were fortunate enough to attend Sunday services at the mission. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Something I believe everyone should see regardless of religion, beliefs or anything. A true piece of American history that is awesome for any age!!

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Niskayuna, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

You can actually walk to the Mission from downtown. It is self guided so you can take as much or as little time as you like. It is a great way to get some history of early California. The chapel is beautiful and the view of the Pacific from the veranda is great. And the fee is very reasonable. There... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My fiance and I drove up the coast to Santa Barbara for my bday weekend. First stop the mission. What a grand building it was. Its our third mission up the coast. Self guided tours are $7 and they are open weekly and have mass on Sunday and sat evenings.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I love this place very interesting .well conserve . You must go ,if are close to Santa Barbara !!!close to town and Solvang!!

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Hertfordshire
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We knew of the Missions but this was the first we visited. There is a lot to see & everything is well explained. The video was exceptionally good & we were impressed by the gardens designed to cope with drought & global warming.

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