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Santa Barbara Visitor Center

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Address: 1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1836
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+1 805-965-3021

Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara...

Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara represents the essence California -- the art & culture of the big city & the heart & hospitality of a small, coastal town. Between the shopping on State Street, some of the best restaurants in the country & the best that the hotel industry has to offer, Santa Barbara is truly a magnificent place to live or visit!Please come and visit us! We have free Visitors Maps with DISCOUNT COUPONS.

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Very helpful staff

A mature lady gave us lots of info for Santa Barbara especially for things to do with small children. Most helpful and definitely recommend a visit.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A mature lady gave us lots of info for Santa Barbara especially for things to do with small children. Most helpful and definitely recommend a visit.

Thank FredaEngland
Las Vegas, Nevada
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91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can park your car for $12 All day parking.. The ladies at the visitor center are really helpful and nice to talk with, They provide and free map of the town. You can purchase the shuttle Tickets there, it cost $ 22 each for a full day, and keep those tickets because you can use them for a second... More 

Thank cintuchi
Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was helpful in every way and helped make our visit in Santa Barbara. They helped with our dining choice and provided us with a $7 gift certificate for Chuck's WAterfront Restsurant.

Thank Yolande B
Glendale, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Was able to obtain maps, outing suggestions and coupons for guests attending my wedding! Great place to stop by for some extra info!

Thank gingerjenn
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We stopped in the center a couple of times. They were as nice as they were helpful. Very knowledgeable about the area and able to answer all my questions.

Thank Deborah A
Santa Ynez, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I would like to thank the staff at the Santa Barbara Visitor Center. These ladies are wonderful representatives of Santa Barbara.

Thank wavehopper15
Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

they have maps and information about any thing in the area. Parking is free for first 15 minutes. They have clean bathrooms. Plenty of parking... You have to pay first if you plan on being there longer than 15 minutes or you will get ticketed. You can buy trolley tickets here and it picks you up right in the front.

Thank karolyn1
Edmonton, Canada
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72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We stopped by a couple of times - everyone was helpful and gave us great info!! Lots of brochures available

Thank jay170
Alberta, Canada
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124 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We were out walking when we spotted the visitor center and decided to see what they had to offer. We met a very friendly lady who listened to us explain what type of things we like to do. Then she pointed out some things we might like and gave directions and maps to the ones we liked.

Thank MJH048
Carlsbad, California
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121 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I have been a visitor center volunteer in my own town for several years. So of course I always have to stop. They are very friendly, helpful and have a lot of resources and tips. Better then TripAdvisor :) to see so many activities and options in one spot.

Thank Kendall H

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