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Address: 123 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-965-0093
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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Historical park depicting the first settlement of the area by the Spanish and subsequent interaction with the nearby mission. Great history lesson and look at how people at that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Historical park depicting the first settlement of the area by the Spanish and subsequent interaction with the nearby mission. Great history lesson and look at how people at that time lived.

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San Ramon, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We enjoyed our time in the Presidio and appreciate the efforts to restore more of the structure to it's original appearance. While some have been disappointed that it is under 'renovation' they missed the point; The buildings are being re-created as we watch. I suspect the locals don't give it a lot of thought as they pass by, but this... More 

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

We need to do our engagement photos while we were in town and had hired a photographer, we knew nothing and he took us here. What a cool spot!! We had so much fun and this place is full of history. We wanted to stay and look around as tourists instead of doing the shoot but it was the perfect... More 

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San Marcos, California
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265 reviews 265 reviews
91 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Renovation ongoing but still lots of history to see. Worth a look to see how the area looked long ago.

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Northern Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was disappointed that this had a pretty major renovation going on. You can see exhibits and learn some history from the museum's docent without paying the admission price. This is worthwhile. We paid the $5/ ea to walk through the grounds and it was not worth it. There is almost nothing to see. The docent was very into his... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
102 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Several years ago I visited the Presidio and helped make adobe bricks. Today I came back to see the wall that the bricks went into. We bought a membership and we began our tour. Almost half of the Presidio have been reconstructed with city streets piercing the walls in two places. Restoring the outer defense wall is the current project... More 

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Oakland, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

There's so much history here, and it's unfortunate that so many people pass it by. This is one of the historic landmarks of early California history under the Spanish rule, and much of it is original (not rebuilt). They have a small vineyard and garden on-site, and they are making the place as much as possible like it was hundreds... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
64 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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