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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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If you want to see a decent representation of early Spanish California, this is a great spot. The... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
Robert B
Port Hueneme, California
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If you have an hour or so be sure to wander around the El Presidio site in Santa Barbara. It is a... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
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Reviewed January 22, 2019

The people in the visitor centre are very knowledgeable and helpful. You go round a set course (if you want to) which shows you aspects of life of the people who founded and ran the Presidio over the centuries. There are good diagrams and illustrations...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

If you want to see a decent representation of early Spanish California, this is a great spot. The chapel restoration is exceptional. Not so sure this would switch on the kiddies but well worth it for history buffs.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed December 1, 2018

If you have an hour or so be sure to wander around the El Presidio site in Santa Barbara. It is a reconstruction of what was the original El Presidio Spanish colony military settlement. Most of it is free and there are few tourists (at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TSinParis
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

This historical place is a nice place to visit. There are some old buildings which reserved and restated fir visitors. Sort of museums, some of them require somehingike five dollars to get in. The area has many cafes, resturants and other shops.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Resort676671
Reviewed September 16, 2018

You need to see this first settlement of the Spaniards in Santa Barbara. Although some places were still in the process of restoration but the chapel is open. The church pews were gone, I saw only modern chairs but I think the altar is well...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Renato L
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Learn the history of S. Barbara - in the original / rebuilt Presidio. It encompasses a few buildings in the area as the original Presidio was quite large. In process of restoring more of this great and historical place of interest. $ 5 entrance fee...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Shoshana H
Reviewed August 6, 2018

So much history packed into this small area in Santa Barbara. The woman who greeted us and sold tickets was just brimming with information and made our visit so meaningful. Will definitely go back.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Restoration of the presidio is a long-term project, still in progress. The small museum and walking tour cover the history of Santa Barbara, from its founding to recent times. An exhibit covers the 20th century Japanese and Chinese neighborhoods that were nearby and that overlapped...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sc00byD00byD00
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Many people who visit Santa Barbara will go to see the Mission, as they should, but El Presidio is also very interesting and informative. It’s worth the time. Admission for a self-guided walking tour is only $5 with several discounts available. It’s worth the small...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jonr105
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This historic property is a quick fun stop in Santa Barbara. Great opportunity for photos. Through out the year there are reenactments.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Patti G
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I came late in the afternoon, but were able to see everything in 30 to 35 minutes. We did not spend too much time reading the display information, but still enjoyed the experience.