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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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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 5 days ago
Sc00byD00byD00
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Northern California
Very interesting and informative!

Many people who visit Santa Barbara will go to see the Mission, as they should, but El Presidio is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jon R
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San Luis Obispo, California
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123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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
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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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Reviewed 24 February 2018

It it is an amazing well preserved ground of Santa Barbara's beginnings. Away from the busy State Street provides a relaxing way to feel what it must have been in the late 1780's in a far away land trying to become self sufficient.. A real...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Spent a fun day walking a number of historic sites in Downtown Santa Barbara today. Our visit to the Presidio was really interesting. The greeter in the visitor center did a great job giving us lots of history on the site and ongoing project on...More

Thank Steven M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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

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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.
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