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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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The beginning of the Santa Barbara Spanish Settlement in downtown tells a rich story!

After learning some history of our town, I decided to visit the first spanish settlement - El... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Richard S
Santa Barbara, California

Very educational, price was reasonable and discounts are available for service members and AAA... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Covina, California
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 September 2017

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

Thank Twoaliens2015
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
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

2  Thank rlepson
Reviewed 20 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.

1  Thank 340bill
Reviewed 17 May 2017

You get some great photos and views from here. Beautiful building, and not far from the Orange Tree Inn

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 14 May 2017

A rather small and mediocre exhibition (being currently under refurbishment). OK, if you need to kill an hour but not too informative and exciting.

2  Thank Laedine
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Church is beautiful and El Presidio is just a bit more detail in the history of Spanish occupation of the area. Largely reconstruction and not all of it great, but there are some original building parts. A visit here adds more texture to learning the...More

Thank CaseyfromBoston
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The Presidio provided an interesting glimpse into the history of the Spanish colonization of the Santa Barbara area in particular and of California in general. The best part of the site has to the stunning church sanctuary. The displays and other structures were interesting. The...More

1  Thank DukeOKC
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Well preserved Santa Barbara historical site. Part of downtown. Easy to find. Quick to enjoy . It was once almost surrounded by what once was Santa Barbara' historic Chinatown section . Remnants of Chinatown can still be seen.

1  Thank tenbojz
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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.