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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

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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

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perfect place to see local history

well worth an hour or so as you stroll near state street nearby. local history and culture in a very pleasant easy to take in small museum

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015

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Portland, OR
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69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monument is in very poor condition, though restoration is in progress. Only a few rooms have any interpretive displays or artifacts and some rooms are empty and have some have big holes in the walls. There is a charge for admission that, though modest, seemed excessive for what is there, but hopefully the funds will go to improvements. Definitely... More 

Thank PDXvoyager
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319 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

well worth an hour or so as you stroll near state street nearby. local history and culture in a very pleasant easy to take in small museum

Thank pandpCalifornia
Bakersfield, California
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187 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is an active site with both a dig in the back and tons of information on the Spanish, Mexico, Chumash, and Alta California connection. If you like history, California and unique visits then make this a stop. If you are eating lunch, go across the street and grab some food to enjoy in the courtyard. The presidio complex was... More 

Thank zkrscasa
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Lovely garden, arbor, quiet and restful. Just the place to relax for a moment on a hot busy day. All the traditional art is freely and openly displayed in the different rooms of this old house.

Thank millvalle
Pleasant Grove, Utah
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is where the Spanish occupation of the alluvial plain that would become Santa Barbara officially began. The city and county governments have taken great care to re-establish as much of the original adobe buildings in their correct locations as possible. The small, modest chapel is still operational and reflects the iconography and mural styles of the late 1700s. In... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I took the self guide tour, and enjoyed it. Great place to visit if you like history. They're doing a great job of restoration, and the employees were very nice.

1 Thank Christine G
Montreal, Canada
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796 reviews
497 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 820 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Great place to learn about the history of California and in particular Santa Barbara . There is a self guided tour that can easily be followed but limit your expectations since this complex is still under renovations .

1 Thank belleretraite
Berkeley, California
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155 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

El Presidio de Santa Barbara seems to stretch for several blocks. There is a small admission fee, but you can see most of the buildings from outside. Most have windows and you can see how people lived in the past. You'll stop complaining about your home after this visit. Many of the buildings surrounding are simply open to the public.... More 

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South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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.

Thank fed_upPittsburgh_PA
San Ramon, California
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111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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 

2 Thank JDB68

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