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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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Docent made our tour amazing!

Our reserved tour for our group of about 24 was wonderful. Two docents to guide our group through the mission and its history. My group's tour guide was Julie who had such... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our reserved tour for our group of about 24 was wonderful. Two docents to guide our group through the mission and its history. My group's tour guide was Julie who had such energy and very excited to explain important facts about the mission. One of the most interesting tours I have ever been on. The Mission is beautiful.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to access, and walk around. Beautiful gardens and the buildings are stunning. A fantastic old Moreton Bay Fig tree in the courtyard was a surprise. Worth a visit. Excellent historical insight

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Santa Barbara Old Mission is a must see. The building and grounds are exceptional, but the introductory video and museum provide an excellent history of the missions in CA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a lot of history on the Chumash tribe and a very beautiful mission. We did the self guided tour and it only took about an hour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Santa Barbara Mission is a large and impressive structure on the outskirts of downtown. The museum inside is limited but contains a number of artifacts and displays explaining the role of the missionaries in settling California. The cloisters and gardens are worth seeing. Make sure that you find and spend some time in the chapel, which combines a historical... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly well maintained historical Spanish Catholic mission structures, wall art, statues and relics. Reasonably priced tours and gift shop. Church facilities are still in use, so be sure to check in advance.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission in Santa Barbara is the 10th mission in the California chain. A very beautiful place with a small history museum inside and the gravesites of early settlers. This is dedicated to the Chumash Indians that inhabited the area in the early 1700's and the Spanish who came here to settle the area, educate and teach their religion.

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

Lots of history surrounding this beautiful structure and grounds which remind us of the Camino Real of early California history. Well worth an hour or so. .

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Photogenic, architecturally beautiful and a nice tour around the grounds. a must visit for tourists and locals alike.

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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. It's not an extensive tour, only takes maybe 1/2 an hour. But, the little museum of monk life, and the history behind it all is really engaging. The sanctuary is beautiful, as are the gardens and the crypts. It's probably one of the most beautiful missions in California. The view from in front of the mission... More 

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