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Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...

Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.

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An interesting step back in time

This has been one of my favorite Mission stops. We took a self guided tour and moved through the many rooms and outdoor area at our leisure. Beautiful architecture, a video to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Battle Ground, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This has been one of my favorite Mission stops. We took a self guided tour and moved through the many rooms and outdoor area at our leisure. Beautiful architecture, a video to set the stage and share the history, and informative displays and room recreations from life at the mission many years ago made this an enjoyable stop. The outdoor... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a terrific morning at the Mission, my advice would be to take the guided tour. It was well worth it.

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La Verne, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Must visit, a nice walk from State St if you want to get a little exercise and enjoy the beautiful surrounding neighborhood.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad we did this tour. We did the self guided tour. Biggest bummer was that we couldn't see the church or the cemetery due to a wedding and a funeral. We were offered half price because of this which was nice. It's very beautiful and very educational.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well preserved, and a number of artifacts in the museum, with very good explanations. Shows how the brothers and Native Americans lived 150 years ago.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On my first trip I found the Old Mission very nice, in excellent condition and different from the other Missions I have visited. The front of the Church has been renovated. It was under renovation on one trip when I attended its Saturday's evening Mass. It is located in an affluent area of Santa Barbara with beautiful homes. Nice landscaping... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Santa Barbara Mission is one of the essential visits to touch base with the city's history with its extensive surrounding historic grounds that include an old garden and a cemetery, a museum with old photos and artifacts, and a historic church interior. On Memorial Day it is the site of a chalk drawing festival that brings in many locals... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's a must visit spot in SB. The history and the architecture makes it special. The green park in front is super good to walk around, relax, read a book and smell the roses.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can tour the mission and appreciate the history in approximately an hour. Worth a stop if you have time, but if you are crunched on time I wouldn't recommend trying to squeeze it in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is worth an hour or more to tour the mission. We came at the end of the day and were rushed to get through the mission. Nice video that gives you the overall history and items to look for as you tour the mission. It is nicely preserved and has a simple garden and looked lovely on a winter... More 

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