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Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4713
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Description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...
Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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Self tour was perfect and priced reasonably

This is a very interesting historical landmark, which we had only seen from the outside in the past. We decided to do the self-guided tour and we're glad we did. There were some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting historical landmark, which we had only seen from the outside in the past. We decided to do the self-guided tour and we're glad we did. There were some very interesting historical exhibits and an informative movie. We appreciated the chance to see the grounds inside the mission and the church. The gift shop was more... More 

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Riverbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Very complete history of the development of the California mission system. The displays,buildings and grounds are kept beautifully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The mission at Santa Barbara is a well renovated mission. One of the best situated, largest and best kept of the missions, you will not want to miss it during your stay. A bonus is the view to the sea.

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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

One of the largest and best preserved of the old California missions. Educational and interesting for all ages. Surprisingly large assortment of artifacts in the museum. Short video explains the history of the mission. Free parking on premises; small admission charge.

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Sun City, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

No need to pay for the guided tour, as the signage is adequate. Close to downtown Santa Barbara and easy to find, it is worth a short visit, especially if you do not have time to see any of the other equally interesting California missions in the chain that spread from San Francisco to Mexico.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The story of Father Serra's missions is an interesting one. Saced one days' horse ride apart, these missions stretch from north of SF to Mexico. The Santa Barbara mission has been kept up and is used daily. It's a beautiful representation of these buildings. Some have fallen into disrepair or had been destroyed, but Santa Barbara is a gem.

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I went on the self guided tour. It was well worth the time. Walking through the Mission allows one to see and feel what is must have been like to live there. The restoration of the Mission is wonderful.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

One of a chain of 21 missions established in California in the late 1700s along the El Camino Real. A "working church" and still operated by the Catholic Church. The church facade and twin bell towers are unique in their design. The church and grounds are well preserved with lots of information on the history of the mission and the... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We enjoyed the outside of the building and the gift shop but did not spend $10 for the tour. Probably a mistake but it was late in the day.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I did not expect much but paid to take a walk through the Mission. I was sorry I did not have much time to enjoy it. Well done. I loved it. Then when I was leaving I could not tear. myself away from the Bougainvillea, The rose garden and the blooming agave. In December yet. I would recommend this to... More 

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