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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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Early California History

If you are interested in early California mission era history, this is a nice stop. We have visited many of these throughout the state and each one brings a small piece of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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Kailua, Hawaii
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Readington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well maintained, nicely presented and interesting to learn more about the history of the area. Free parking and good restaurants close by as well.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

If you are interested in early California mission era history, this is a nice stop. We have visited many of these throughout the state and each one brings a small piece of California history with it and tells an interesting story. The ongoing restoration and preservation work is laudable. There are other historic sites in the nearby area.

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Like so many other places, this state historic park, was thought of after most of the original buildings were destroyed in the name of progress. The introductory film here and at SB mission give you a good idea of how lucky they are to have a few buildings from the time of SB settlement. They are working hard to make... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I would hope as work continues on the restoration and displays that the park continues to improve. As is it is worth an hour of your time to discover and see some of the history of Santa Barbara. An easy walk from State Street and everything going on there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

The Santa Barbara is 1 of 3 remaining Presidio's in CA. Sacramento and San Francisco being the others. The main building has interesting discussion of what Presidios were, how they were built etc. A walk thru the existing buildings really brings to life what life was like for various people at that time. Across the street is the oldest adobe... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Our history books often overlook the Spanish/Native American heritage in California. El Presidio gives us a great presentation on how these people lived and worked before becoming a US State.

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Stockton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

If you like historic sites, this is well worth a visit. Open more or less and sprawled across a few streets, the interiors are lovingly kept, with a good informative movie, lots of interesting artifacts and some of the rooms were downright pleasant to be in. The kitchen is to be coveted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

We've been to SB several times now, but this is the first visit to El Presidio Museum - when we took an English friend whose first time it is in California. Absolutely fascinating half hour in the place which is in part being restored archaeologically. The social history side of the original Presidio is SO interesting. At $4 each for... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

The history in Santa Barbara is rich, and history lovers must visit this great historical park! You will not be disappointed visiting here. The office staff was very friendly and helpful, and the tour only takes about 30 minutes. I highly recommend going.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

The self guided walking tour was very informative if you do the whole thing it will take at least 1 hour, it cost 5$ for an adult. Definitely worth the money as it is a large place with numerous displays. It gives a good picture of what life was like for people in SB many years ago and the the... More 

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