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Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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  • Average9%
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“rose garden” (116 reviews)
2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The mission itself is quite impressive. The gift store, the foyer area, the outside landscaping, are all very well done. I did not go inside the mission, but I walked on the Olive Path outside. It is very well done with flowers and a mosaic...More

Thank Fauzia T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Didn't expect to stay very long at this site, but what a surprise. Lovely grounds and self guided tour is informative and interesting. A great piece of California history.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This must be one of the most beautiful and well-kept missions in California. One of the best tours I have taken in the museums. Started with an informative film, then a walk through several rooms with exhibits. I really like seeing the living quarters the...More

Thank Woodpecker48
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great mission to visit - it is gorgeous and has a fabulous view of the ocean. For those California students studying California history - this is the perfect mission to study and visit combining with a read of the book Island of...More

Thank Ally G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Mission is definitely a must see to fully understand the history of Santa Barbara. And the gardens are gorgeous.

Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Read the book Island of the Blue Dolphins? The main character is buried here. Interesting Calif history site, plus a great place to visit for live animal nativity pre-Christmas and for chalk art at Fiesta time.

Thank robgriffith5365
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set slightly apart from downtown this mission is one of the largest and most active we have seen. Beautiful grounds and even more beautiful church. The museum and film were well done and interesting. We were a bit surprised by the $9 entry fee, but...More

Thank ThirdWindJim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving up to the mission is beautiful. Enjoy the view from the car but get out and walk around. You can self tour and learn about the mission, then enjoy the gardens. For an extra treat, pack a lunch & picnic in the open area...More

Thank sheilal921
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old Mission was on our list to visit during this trip and it was well worth it. The grounds are beautiful, the buidings and architecture along with the historical aspect of it is very interesting. The small gift store is packed with various religious...More

Thank seetheworld2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mission Park is a small grassy park across from the beautiful mission. While at the mission go across and see the park and its lovely rose garden with beds full in bloom in December! It is a great addition to time exploring the mission.

Thank waterandmore
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Sandra W
17 August 2017|
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Response from shirl0118 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any dogs while we were there. Probably allowed outside on leashes but no real walking areas of grass.
10 April 2017|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
not far from the harbour, totally doable
17 December 2016|
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Response from ajbabyboomer | Reviewed this property |
It was first built in 1786 but rebuilt after earthqaukes around 1812. It was rebuilt again after an earthquake in 1920.