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Santa Barbara Visitor Center

1 Garden St, Corner of Garden and Cabrillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1836
+1 805-965-3021
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We wanted a map

Our first night in, the visitor center was closed. We stopped in the first morning, found a map... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Pamela L
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Pullman, Washington
Very helpful.

I booked a number of tours from here. Unfortunately it was hard to find. Not large enough signage... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
junee_ferris
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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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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1 Garden St, Corner of Garden and Cabrillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1836
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our first night in, the visitor center was closed. We stopped in the first morning, found a map, and was offered a number of tips. The botanical gardens and the scenic drive were highly recommended by the woman at the desk. We enjoyed both.

Thank Pamela L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a number of tours from here. Unfortunately it was hard to find. Not large enough signage on the streets. Not enough seating when waiting for the tours to begin.

Thank junee_ferris
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by the small center to gain some guidance to see the town. The ladies at the counter were ever so helpful. We wanted to take the "shark tour" of the town but they were booked. We opted for the Red Car which was delightful...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Very friendly and helpful. Lots of maps and brochures. Also books and other info on the area for sell.

Thank bfcantwell
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Dropped into to get some information about the wineries around Santa Barbara, and received nice maps and recommendations. Helpful and friendly staff. Well run!

Thank David B L
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Some visitors centers are basic, and run by people who obviously don't want to be there. This is not one of those. Friendly, informed staff ready and willing to make useful and interesting suggestions. A note on parking. The center has free parking, for a...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

woman behind the counter was friendly and helpful with suggestions and gave me a cloth bag for my wet bathing suit!

Thank Gloria S
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We were going north on Historic Highway 1, but learned that it was partly closed. Hildy from the Visitor Center was very kind and helpful, helped us to plan another route + suggested a nice place to spend the night. As we were there only...More

Thank Karin A
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

If you're new to the area, this is the place to go. You can get useful information and discounts for local businesses.

Thank willkommenhof
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

The folks here are so friendly and helpful. If we didn’t go here first we would have missed out on great advice and interesting sites.

Thank claudine53
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