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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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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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Great way to explore the city

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Santa Barbara, CA

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Santa Barbara, CA
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Stockton, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very interesting, worthwhile tour. Jay really knows his SB history, and includes just the right amount of detail in his stories. He also provides useful info on good restaurants, places to park and bus transportation if you miss the last trolley of the day.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I used to live in the Southern California and had never done a tour of Santa Barbara, great trolley tour with Jay. This is reasonably priced and covers all of the highlights in the Santa Barbara area. The area is so beautiful, Jay told about the history and all of the famous people that now live in the Montecito area.... More 

Thank Ruth M
Prince George, Canada
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We bought the one day pass with the intention of riding both days. It was raining the whole week so it kept up busy. Slight problem was the second day we waited ages at the pick up stop so I eventually called the office. They said they weren't running that day since it rained overnight???@@ It was dry in the... More 

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sbtcwfrsb, Owner at Santa Barbara Trolley Tours, responded to this review

We wanted to apologize for not running, we made a decision to cancel our tour the night before because of the forecast, We have learned our lesson. Thanks so much for the positive review. Best, Santa Barbara Trolley More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Due to being off peak season, I was the only person on this trolley tour. The tour guide Richard was amazing and ran it as if he had a trolley full of people. He was so knowledgable and his commentary of Santa Barbara was spectacular and so entertaining the complete route. He also recommended places to visit and dine. I... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Our tour guide was not particularly engaging, tho he was very knowledgable. It was worth our while because it gave us a great overview of Santa Barbara, and we could decide on the places we wanted to return to. If you do this tour and are interested in the Clark estate - read Empty Mansions! Very interesting and great history!

Thank jay170
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This is a hop on hop off narrated tour at a very reasonable price. Our driver was Ricardo and bc we traveled in January (not high season), we had the entire tour to ourselves. Ricardo was great, very knowledgable about SB history, interesting facts and the inside scoop on celebrities in SB. Definitely a must do for new comers. Gives... More 

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