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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Great walk in history!

We used our AAA discount to see this historical park so only $2.50 admission! The staff was a... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
5Kenners
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Frankfort, Kentucky
Get a taste of history and Santa Barbara's origins

It it is an amazing well preserved ground of Santa Barbara's beginnings. Away from the busy State... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
martinezcm
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Kansas City, Missouri
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
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"california history"
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"self guided tour"
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"spanish settlement"
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"historic sites"
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"chicken coop"
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"future generations"
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"alta california"
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"history buff"
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"early california"
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"state street"
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"lots of history"
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"worth a visit"
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"reconstruction"
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"beginnings"
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We used our AAA discount to see this historical park so only $2.50 admission! The staff was a wonderful help with a good pamphlet to lead our self-guided tour. Somehow we missed the chickens but seemed to have seen everything else. We enjoyed the many...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

It it is an amazing well preserved ground of Santa Barbara's beginnings. Away from the busy State Street provides a relaxing way to feel what it must have been in the late 1780's in a far away land trying to become self sufficient.. A real...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Spent a fun day walking a number of historic sites in Downtown Santa Barbara today. Our visit to the Presidio was really interesting. The greeter in the visitor center did a great job giving us lots of history on the site and ongoing project on...More

Thank Steven M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Here is a beautifully restored historic site, important to Santa Barbara's beginnings and in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. If you are lucky enough to come when costumed actors portray a day during the first government, and sit opposite the players as they enact...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

I couldn't go inside because it was closed, but the outside is really nice to see. I hope to be able to visit it again!

Thank EsterNY
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

After learning some history of our town, I decided to visit the first spanish settlement - El Presidio de Santa Barbara. This visit changed my awareness of the rich cultural heritage we have here - Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, east coast settlers and Asian American immigrants....More

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Very educational, price was reasonable and discounts are available for service members and AAA members. Self guided tour.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Just sent the evening at El Passo with my family and we had a great meal. The food was very nice and the staff very friendly. The restaurant is very spacious with an open roof that can also be closed. Definitely recommend this place to...More

Thank Fabienne B
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Would have liked to have actually toured the place, but the front desk welcome center service was non existent. We walked in, and for 20 minutes nobody was manning the register to take our fee. Ok, so we took pictures outside and called it a...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

If you like history then this is worth a visit. It doesn't seem to be very popular which can work to your advantage.

2  Thank 340bill
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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.
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