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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

Open today: 10:30 - 16:30
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Very interesting visit

Learn the history of S. Barbara - in the original / rebuilt Presidio. It encompasses a few... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Shoshana H
Restored Presidio, still a work in progress

Restoration of the presidio is a long-term project, still in progress. The small museum and walking... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Northern California
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
+1 805-965-0093
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to see this first settlement of the Spaniards in Santa Barbara. Although some places were still in the process of restoration but the chapel is open. The church pews were gone, I saw only modern chairs but I think the altar is well...More

Thank Renato L
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Learn the history of S. Barbara - in the original / rebuilt Presidio. It encompasses a few buildings in the area as the original Presidio was quite large. In process of restoring more of this great and historical place of interest. $ 5 entrance fee...More

Thank Shoshana H
Reviewed 7 August 2018

So much history packed into this small area in Santa Barbara. The woman who greeted us and sold tickets was just brimming with information and made our visit so meaningful. Will definitely go back.

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Restoration of the presidio is a long-term project, still in progress. The small museum and walking tour cover the history of Santa Barbara, from its founding to recent times. An exhibit covers the 20th century Japanese and Chinese neighborhoods that were nearby and that overlapped...More

Thank Sc00byD00byD00
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Many people who visit Santa Barbara will go to see the Mission, as they should, but El Presidio is also very interesting and informative. It’s worth the time. Admission for a self-guided walking tour is only $5 with several discounts available. It’s worth the small...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This historic property is a quick fun stop in Santa Barbara. Great opportunity for photos. Through out the year there are reenactments.

Thank Patti G
Reviewed 23 June 2018

This is a very interesting visit which will give you a very good background to the history of the area

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

I ran into the presidio randomly and it was a great little piece of history. For a small fee you can do a self guided tour of the buildings. The tour was a little hard to follow and wasn’t completely up to date - you...More

Thank Suzy P
Reviewed 12 May 2018

When you look at the house which host the powerful military commander of the city, you look at the history of this site.

Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We used our AAA discount to see this historical park so only $2.50 admission! The staff was a wonderful help with a good pamphlet to lead our self-guided tour. Somehow we missed the chickens but seemed to have seen everything else. We enjoyed the many...More

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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.