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Select from two free walking tours: The 2-hour guided Waterfront Tour where 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...more
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We had a delightful and informative tour with John. This is our fifth year visiting Santa Barbara and he shared many historical facts and stories about the places we have seen. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.
John was a very prepared, informative and entertaining docent over the entire 2 hours+ of our tour. We have taken Free Walking Tours all over the world, e.g., New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and John's equaled or bettered the best we...More
If you’re in Santa Barbara and want to get an amazing base of knowledge and information about the city, definitely go on John’s walking tour.
Don’t let the word ‘free’ give you the impression this walking tour is anything less than high quality, informative and...More
We are experienced walking “tourers” and John is excellent! The tour started and ended on time, was well researched, so informative and entertaining! Truth is stranger than fiction and the amazing stories do not disappoint. This tour is a must do on your next visit...More
Learn about the history and founding of the Santa Barbara waterfront and marina on a delightful 2-hour walking tour of the same locale. The tidbits revealed about the formation of the marina, the offshore Channel Islands, the native Chumash inhabitants, the Spanish and Mexican influences,...More
I booked spots on this walking tour for myself, two adult sons and a daughter in law. Though I’ve lived in Santa Barbara for nearly 40 years, I was surprised and delighted by what I learned. The walk took us to the places near the...More
John led an amazing walking tour for our small group on a beautiful, sunny December morning. Despite a smaller number of reservations, he sent out an email a few days prior to our tour to confirm that he would lead one as scheduled. It was...More
John Ummel does an amazing job of sharing the history of Santa Barbara and its waterfront. He is an excellent speaker and provides a valuable perspective as a Santa Barbara native. He has clearly made a significant investment of time in researching Santa Barbara’s history....More