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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Service was weak

Would have liked to have actually toured the place, but the front desk welcome center service was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Phoenix, Arizona
via mobile
worth visiting

If you like history then this is worth a visit. It doesn't seem to be very popular which can work... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Seattle, Washington
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would have liked to have actually toured the place, but the front desk welcome center service was non existent. We walked in, and for 20 minutes nobody was manning the register to take our fee. Ok, so we took pictures outside and called it a...More

1  Thank rlepson
Reviewed 20 May 2017

If you like history then this is worth a visit. It doesn't seem to be very popular which can work to your advantage.

Thank 340bill
Reviewed 17 May 2017

You get some great photos and views from here. Beautiful building, and not far from the Orange Tree Inn

Thank John B
Reviewed 14 May 2017

A rather small and mediocre exhibition (being currently under refurbishment). OK, if you need to kill an hour but not too informative and exciting.

1  Thank Laedine
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Church is beautiful and El Presidio is just a bit more detail in the history of Spanish occupation of the area. Largely reconstruction and not all of it great, but there are some original building parts. A visit here adds more texture to learning the...More

Thank CaseyfromBoston
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The Presidio provided an interesting glimpse into the history of the Spanish colonization of the Santa Barbara area in particular and of California in general. The best part of the site has to the stunning church sanctuary. The displays and other structures were interesting. The...More

Thank DukeOKC
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Well preserved Santa Barbara historical site. Part of downtown. Easy to find. Quick to enjoy . It was once almost surrounded by what once was Santa Barbara' historic Chinatown section . Remnants of Chinatown can still be seen.

Thank tenbojz
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Just off State Street, a fun and interesting city block. Great wine tasting and restaurants. Beautiful architecture.

Thank Perseverance
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The presidio of Santa Barbara is something you might want to see if you are a passionate history buff. It's mostly a reconstruction of a small garrison that existed on the fringes of the Spanish empire. A few rooms of the original survive, more or...More

Thank winst0n4
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I love this place. It really gives you a feel for what it was like to live in Santa Barbara way back when. Super informative and beautiful buildings and outdoor areas.

Thank julian h
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30 April 2016|
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I came late in the afternoon, but were able to see everything in 30 to 35 minutes. We did not spend too much time reading the display information, but still enjoyed the experience.