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Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
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+1 805-682-4713
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...

Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.

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We were lucky enough to arrive shortly before the thrice-weekly docent-led tour which was worth the extra cost ($13/11 for seniors). The docent was knowledgeable and fully... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to arrive shortly before the thrice-weekly docent-led tour which was worth the extra cost ($13/11 for seniors). The docent was knowledgeable and fully acknowledged the shortcomings of the Spanish priests toward the Chumash Indians. This mission is still a parish church. The tour included, as well, the cemetery, sacred garden, and museum.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped in at 4 to catch a tour. The mission closes at 5. We enjoyed the video and then set off on our own to quickly walk thru the gardens, cemetery and columbarium, and then to spend time in the church. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament was locked so we could not spend time but... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our self guided tour was informative. We were awed by how much two Franciscan monks accomplished in their lifetimes. Additionally, it was interesting to learn that the monks designed the mission's front facade to resemble a Roman temple. For those seeking the church beauty one finds in Italy or other parts of Europe, this mission will seem underwhelming. However, it... More 

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San Diego CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the Christmas/New Year break and it was not too crowded. Chose not to spend the approx. $13/person to see inside and therefore not much to see for free except the outside. If you love history and appreciate the missions, may be worth going in, but I personally have seen enough other missions that this didn't seem overly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is a beautiful place to visit. I also enjoy the gorgeous rose gardens across from the Mission. You can sit on a bench and take it all in- the beauty of the Mission, the scent of the flowers and the mountain views!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a self guided tour. This place is definitely a must when visiting Santa Barbara. It has a lot of history and great culture to share.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by the mission as we had heard so much about it, but you have to pay to go in. The church is not open to visitors without taking the tour. The outside looks really nice, but I don't think it is right to have to pay to go inside a church. I know they need to money to... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mission is appropriately named as it is one of the most famous. The self-guided tours work out fine. The church is beautiful with surrounding gardens. The views are beautiful as well.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never been to a mission before and didn't know much about them. I learned a great deal from the small museum. It definitely was worth visiting and didn't take more than an hour. There were no lines. The property was decorated for Christmas and looked very beautiful.

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This mission was really nice. It is spread out compared to others. The grounds are well maintained and it was only 5 dollars for an adult ticket.

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