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Free Walking Tour Santa Barbara

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113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 650-576-4145
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Entertaining and informative tour!

Highly recommend this walking tour. John, the tour guide, has clearly worked hard on his research... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
christine432017
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San Diego, California
Excellent Tour

I highly recommend this tour. John is very knowledgeable about Santa Barbara history. We parked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ikushnir11
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Naples, Florida
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Enjoy walking along Santa Barbara's beautiful waterfront while learning about the city's rich and intriguing history; from the early native americans to the new chic Funk Zone. John Ummel, a long time retired resident will take you back in time relating interesting and entertaining stories of Santa Barbara's past with a particular focus on events occurring in or near the ocean.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Highly recommend this walking tour. John, the tour guide, has clearly worked hard on his research and presentation, and kept us fully engaged for the entire 2-hour tour. Santa Barbara is a beautiful city with a fascinating history. While in Santa Barbara, we toured the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I highly recommend this tour. John is very knowledgeable about Santa Barbara history. We parked in a large lot behind the Maritime Museum and after the tour had lunch at Moby Dicks on Sterns Wharf. From the Wharf, you can take a little shuttle boat...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John is an excellent tour guide, who has put a great deal of thought into this tour. It's clear that he's done a lot of research and I like that each stop of the tour was punctuated with a "fun fact". He also put time...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right from the outset, this was an excellent tour. We booked quite late, but John was extremely prompt at replying to our booking request. The tour itself was very informative and the right mix of walking and stopping. With his array of fascinating facts and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having taken many Free Walking Tours in various cities, John's tour is one of the best. His research is very throughout. His energy, passion and humor make the tour very enjoyable. We learnt so much interesting history of Santa Barbara. We wish that John offers...More

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Reviewed July 14, 2018

Fun, informative, time well spent. Our tour guide (John) makes you feel like a newfound friend. A great way to walk through Santa Barbara waterfront history.

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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Stopped on a cruise and was able to book a couple of spaces for the walking tour online. Not necessary to book in our case but helps the guide (John) plan. Only 3 on our tour. Interesting history of the town, waterfront and people. Easy...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

100% recommended! It was a great intro to the city on Day 1 of our arrival to Santa Barbara. Very engaging tour that will teach you about the city's history, landmarks, and architecture. The guide, John, was a high school social studies teacher and says...More

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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We had a cruise ship stop in Santa Barbara. We would have missed so much of the city if we hadnt found Johns tour. Excellent pace, content and delivery!

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Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

I've been on a free walking tour in Denver before but this one was a hundred times better. Very informative and I learned a lot of facts about the city. Tour guide is a SB native so he's able to answer any questions you have!...More

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susanheder
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You can book here freewalkingtoursb It is free, but tips are appreciated. We paid $20 for 6 people.
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