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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

123 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #33 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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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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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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35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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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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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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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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