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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Ranked #12 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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Callao, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

You can do a self-tour of the buildings, garden, and cemetery of this historic mission founded by the Franciscans in the late eighteenth century. A cool and quiet retreat from the busy streets of the city, the mission continues to be used by Franciscan monks today. The cost is very inexpensive at $7 for adults and less for seniors and... More

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Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of my trip. I love Historic Buildings/sites so this was perfect. A peaceful beautiful place. If History and Architecture are your thing than take a tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

we left Santa Barbara early before it opened so never went inside the mission is a must see, beautiful setting, unfortunately we were leaving town and it was not open for touring. Next trip we will. California has so many Missions and they are all unique.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the mission. Beautiful grounds & lots of history well represented in the tour. Take the time to watch the video of the history during the tour.

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Banning, Ca
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107 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Entry to tour the Mission is through the Gift Shop to the left of the main. You can enter the Mission from the main entrance but can not continue to see all. There is a small charge at the Gift Shop to walk the mission grounds and enter the chapel. There is a video once you get inside that describes... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is where I think we will be getting married. If we can get a booking! I came to check it out and my girlfriend didnt know we were shopping locations. I was hoping this place would be great since it was our first stop and I knew shed love it. So historic and so personal at the same time.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you like history especially California history this place is for you. There is a lot of information about the mission and its history. It is $7 for a self guided tour, which is not too much. Overall I would say it is worth seeing at least once.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Well worth a visit, lots of history here. There is an informative video presentation, great gardens, lots of memorials to those who built and started the mission. Then church is very impressive.

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Johnson City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We paid for the self guided tour (senior discount available). Don't waste your money. You can enter the chapel without paying. The gardens aren't great at all. The exterior is beautiful.

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McDonough, Georgia
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We are so glad we stopped by the mission in Santa Barbara. This place is steeped in history and has a very special story of how it came to be and the part it played in bringing Christianity to the locals. I loved hearing about the local Indians who worked hand in hand with the Franciscans. You can tour the... More

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