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The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

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Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
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Lovely statues

Small children will be interested in the working sculptures, as indeed adults will be. The turtles are also interesting to watch.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small children will be interested in the working sculptures, as indeed adults will be. The turtles are also interesting to watch.

Thank FredaEngland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprise! The fellow that looks like he is cleaning the window isn’t real. But let him lure you from State Street into the courtyard. Have someone take your photo sitting next to a bronze Ben Franklin. Then peak into the art gallery on the corner before you count the turtles in the fountain. Off to the right are several restaurants... More 

Thank sssnancysss
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Arcada is an old Santa Barbara standard consisting of an outdoor walkway with sculptures, a host of sidewalk cafes and handful unique shops. The highlight was a fountain full of turtles in front of Viva restaurant. Great stop when on a walk through downtown Santa Barbara

Thank marktS5189DV
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Arcada has several restaurants and also terrific "little shops! Le Petite Valtien, Jenines and the other restaurants are all delightful for different reasons.

Thank jcsmsb
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

La Arcada was built in 1926. Today it's like a pretty outdoor mall with tile-lined walkways, fountains, sidewalk cafes and sculptures.The highlight was a fountain full of turtles.

1 Thank Linda S
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This courtyard is right off State and has some touristy kitsch (bronze window washer, etc) but a good and dense array of tasting room, art gallery, coffee shop, 5 restaurnants, etc.

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Barbara, California
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

A historic paseo on State street, with something for everyone. Interesting statues, shops, food, and of course, the turtles in the fountain!

Thank skip2go
Saratoga, California
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Okay to walk through and browse. Nothing special otherwise. A couple of restaurants with lots of noise. The fountain with the turtles is a good place to rest and relax.

Thank monica r
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Had to go and visit the turtles, although there didn't seem to be as many this time, and the restaurant has roped off part of the turtles fountain, so you couldn't walk around it. The arcade looks gorgeous at night with the lights on too.

1 Thank kiwihappydragonlady
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Cafe, dinner, Irish music, art galleries and more. La Arcada has something for everyone. Next to the Museum of Art, you can stroll in the morning and have coffee at Jeannie's, Several art galleries will certainly be fond attractive. Need a barber, there is one there several gift shops that are enjoyable. If you are there on a Sunday afternoon... More 

Thank Anabel-2013

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