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Santa Barbara Trolley Tours

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Address: 23 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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+1 805-965-0353
10:00 - 16:00
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Santa Barbara sightseeing at it's finest on the original, fully narrated...

Santa Barbara sightseeing at it's finest on the original, fully narrated Santa Barbara Trolley Tour. Santa Barbara Trolley has been a Santa Barbara staple for over 25 years. Join us as we visit local hot spots such as the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Natural History, the historic Santa Barbara Mission, and more, all fully narrated by our energetic and knowledgeable tour guides! Or, charter our newly renovated fleet of trolleys for your wedding, party or corporate event.

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Fun and beauty

Our tour guide Jay VanMeter was awesome! So very knowledgeable and informative yet maintaining a friendly and fun demeanor. If anyone goes to Santa Barbara for the first time or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James S
Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide Jay VanMeter was awesome! So very knowledgeable and informative yet maintaining a friendly and fun demeanor. If anyone goes to Santa Barbara for the first time or the 100th time, I would highly recommend taking this trolley tour! You can hop off at any of the sights and hop right back on in an hour! This is... More 

Thank James S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to see Santa Barbara and Montecito. The guide "Chris" was very informational and even a little funny.

Thank Nichole K
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went on an Amtrak vacation and the trolley pass was incuded in the package. We had a wonderful time! Great tour and Chuck was an awesome guide and driver!! Rainy day but quite comfy on the trolley. Chuck was very informative and funny! We learned a lot about the beautiful area of Santa Barbara.Would love to... More 

Thank Tracy H
Cape Cod, MA
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good narrated tour of the city, including the Montecito area. We learned a lot and got a great feel for the city and places we wanted to come back to visit later. We certainly would have missed some of the sights if we hadn't taken this tour. A brief bathroom stop at the Mission is included.

Thank JGSK
Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the tour of the City. As we got the last trolley of the day, we were not able to take advantage of the stops but we got an idea of what we want to do tomorrow. Our guide Jay was very knowledgeable and full of information. At the Visitor's Centre where we purchased the tour, we asked for... More 

Thank Yolande B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our driver was Jay and he was awesome! I have taken the Santa Barbara Trolley before and it was great, but you could tell Jay really enjoys what he does! He loves Santa Barbara and I love it more because of him. I learned so much about Santa Barbara in such a short period of time. He made it really... More 

Thank Lisa C
Santa Barbara, CA
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are locals but decided to take the Trolley Tour with our friends visiting from out of town. Richard was a great guide. We learned several interesting facts that we did not know and it was fun to see the city from a different perspective. The tour includes the Harbor, Montecito along the coast by the Biltmore, the Mission, Natural... More 

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San angelo
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative. Guide Chuck was really good! Strongly recommend. Really gave us some good ideas for further exploration of this beautiful city!

Thank Chiroben
Victorville, California
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92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

A ride on the trolley provides a fast, easy and enjoyable way to get a quick overview of the city and its sights. The stops are enjoyable and educational as well.

Thank Snobuz78
Rutherford, New Jersey
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

If you are looking for "Santa Barbara in a nut shell", then take this tour. It covers all the important places and the tour guide gives a history lesson of each place- all in about an hour and a half. You can get on and off at each of the stops. Definitely worth the money.

Thank Dave2295

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