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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

123 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-965-0093
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Ranked #34 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Santa Barbara, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were here for a Flag Day celebration and I was very impressed with the Presidio. Learned a lot about the origins of Santa Barbara and toured through the museum, I was happy we made this choice for Flag Day!

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Menifee
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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There is a lot of reconstruction going on but you can see the walls and foundations of the original structure built in the 1780's. It was amazing to discover that El Cuartel, an original adobe structure built in 1788, is still standing. It is the second oldest adobe in California!

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Northern California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you like history, you want to visit El Presidio when you are in Santa Barbara. Only costs $5 which includes seeing a historic adobe as well. You can peek in the chapel for free if you don't have much time. Visit with the Mission for a great historical lesson about the settling of CA and this beautiful city.

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Grapeview, Washington
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153 reviews 153 reviews
50 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Enjoyed touring this site to learn more about the Spanish settlement of this area. Especially enjoyed the church building. In some ways liked it better than the more famous Mission Santa Barbara up the hill. It is less crowded and seemed more intimate. Was interesting to think of this area when only about 50 families were settled here over 200... More

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California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

If you have any interest in history this is a required stop. It's right in the city, and won't take more than a couple of hours. Most of the standing Presidio is restored, not original, but the feel is authentic. Go into the Gift Shop to pay the $5 and get a pamphlet to guide you around if you want... More

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Impressive restoration job that is still ongoing but there was not much to see here. If you have a vivid imagination and have not been to similar places before it is worth your time. Otherwise enjoy the Beach instead

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Such a great place to visit, but even better place to have a WEDDING! The little chapel is simply adorable, quaint and original!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Tucked away not far off State Street, the Presidio is worth a visit to get a feel for how Santa Barbara came into being. It is a work in progress - lots of buildings already restored, but many areas still under excavation. It is only $5 each to do the full self guided tour, and the booklet provided gives a... More

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Oceanside, California, USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Very well maintained and restored military quarters. I did not tour the inside of the buildings as I didn't realize it was a paid entrance fee. My mistake. Very friendly, informative receptionist and we compared the San Diego Presidio with this one.

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Logandale
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My family and I decided to stop at the Presidio Park in Santa Barbara. Well I have to say it was kind of interesting, it wasn't very well organized. I'm not sorry that we stopped as the price of admission was free. If I had to pay admission I can tell you I wouldn't even stop.

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