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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 #31 of 70 attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Los Angeles, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
83 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
53 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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