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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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Work under progress but still interesting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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 .

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Berkeley, California
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75 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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292 reviews 292 reviews
104 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
102 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
23 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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