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“Super location for outdoor photography, architectural history”

Old Mission Santa Barbara
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Owner description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you're following the Camino Real, you owe yourself a stop at this mission. The architecture is beautiful, from the original grounds to the additions over the centuries to the ruins in the park area across the street - you can completely immerse yourself and get an idea of what it was like to be a part of this mission's daily life. I've been a few times, with adults and teenage kids, and each time we noticed something different, new and interesting. It is a working mission so the Franciscans are very present but this is not at all a religion-forward experience. You're not supposed to take flash photos inside (so please don't!) but the grounds themselves are very photo-worthy. Schedule at least an hour and you'll have a fairly rounded tour; wander for two hours or more and you'll get that little something extra that takes it from 'tour' to 'experience'.

Thank Theresa G
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great history of the missions of California. There was a nice assortment of plants within the walls of the mission and the neighboring area is worth walking/driving around.
This is the best of the missions I have seen.

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

First of all, I think I went on the perfect day with my favorite person in the world so my review might be a bit biased. The Mission itself is lovely, the gardens simple but beautiful and the History of the Mission is quite interesting. The day I went just so happened to be the Annual Italian Street Art Festival.......I was an Art major in school who fell in love with Italy so this day was perfect in every way. It gets even better since I went with my son who moved 3000 miles away from home and I haven't seen in 6 months. Now for the icing on the cake, yummy food and terrific music by a live band!

Thank satellitesue1
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

A good place to visit to learn of the history of Santa Barbara.
Very old & in good shape for the years.

Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

The views are pretty, but other than that not impressed. We did drive around the area and took in some stunning views of Santa Barbara.

Thank Merrigypsy
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