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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 #36 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Northern California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 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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33 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
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15 helpful votes 15 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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Oceanside, California, USA
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Very well maintained and restored military quarters. I did not tour the inside of the buildings as I didn't realize it was a paid entrance fee. My mistake. Very friendly, informative receptionist and we compared the San Diego Presidio with this one.

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Logandale
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My family and I decided to stop at the Presidio Park in Santa Barbara. Well I have to say it was kind of interesting, it wasn't very well organized. I'm not sorry that we stopped as the price of admission was free. If I had to pay admission I can tell you I wouldn't even stop.

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Chatham, NJ
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A work in progress, the presidio presents a lot of interesting information about early Spanish settlement in the area. One building is the second oldest in California and the exhibits convey a lot of detail about daily life. Definitely worth the visit as it stands now, I hope the historical society is able to fulfill its vision of completing restoration.... More

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Ventura, California
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I liked the realistic reconstruction and the ongoing excavation of the site. When I was there, the site was being reconstructed and discussing the way this was done with those on-site was particularly interesting.

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