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Old Mission Santa Barbara

Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4713
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Ranked #11 of 57 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, History Museums, Gardens, Museums
Owner description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, History Museums, Gardens, Museums
Owner description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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Pasadena, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

My favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara. The view from the mission is breathtaking. Definitely worth a visit for all visitors to learn California history.

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Goleta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The magnificent view of the church definitely stands out. The stairs provide a glimpse of the city, the ocean and the islands, making this a nice first stop of the city tour for many of our friends and relatives. Roses bloom almost all year round in the rose garden on the front lawn, across the street are some of the... More 

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Coalinga, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely tour of the Mission Santa Barbara on a midweek tourist must-see. We were able to listen in on some 4th grade teachers or docents as they guided and directed the perfectly behaved school children through the mission. I took many pictures to enjoy and share. I enjoyed one teacher/docent as she told that 4,000 people were... More 

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Colorado
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23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Always one of our stops when we are in the area. This time it was different as part of it was closed for a wedding, when we came back at the end of the week, it was closed for a funeral. Still love coming here!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Interesting and historical. The church is lovely and the tour of the museum and gardens and old cemetery worthwhile.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is definitely one of the most beautiful missions in one of the most scenic spots. It's surrounded by a very beautiful landscape and the church itself is gorgeous and old and ridden with history. A lot of the comments have already been made, but one piece of advice I can give you is take the extra 40 minute drive... More 

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Los Gatos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The location of the mission also gives a great view of the ocean. Located high on the Santa Ynez mountains it also has good weather most of the year.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very beautiful, historical site, kept true to its heritage. Enjoyed the walk around the grounds, the cemetery and even talked to one of the priests!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Beautiful place and rich history. It worth to come. It doesn't take long, about an hour total. The surrounding area is beautiful too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I have visited several missions in California, probably the most complete maybe that why they call it the Queen, not very crowded which added to the day

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