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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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Visit the Santa Barbara of the 1700's!

Here is a beautifully restored historic site, important to Santa Barbara's beginnings and in the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Santa Barbara, California
Nice place

I couldn't go inside because it was closed, but the outside is really nice to see. I hope to be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Reviewed yesterday

Here is a beautifully restored historic site, important to Santa Barbara's beginnings and in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. If you are lucky enough to come when costumed actors portray a day during the first government, and sit opposite the players as they enact...More

Thank noladeer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I couldn't go inside because it was closed, but the outside is really nice to see. I hope to be able to visit it again!

Thank EsterNY
Reviewed 18 October 2017

After learning some history of our town, I decided to visit the first spanish settlement - El Presidio de Santa Barbara. This visit changed my awareness of the rich cultural heritage we have here - Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, east coast settlers and Asian American immigrants....More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Very educational, price was reasonable and discounts are available for service members and AAA members. Self guided tour.

Thank Twoaliens2015
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Just sent the evening at El Passo with my family and we had a great meal. The food was very nice and the staff very friendly. The restaurant is very spacious with an open roof that can also be closed. Definitely recommend this place to...More

Thank Fabienne B
Reviewed 7 June 2017 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

2  Thank rlepson
Reviewed 21 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.

1  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

1  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.

2  Thank Laedine
Reviewed 14 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
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1 May 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.