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Free Walking Tour Santa Barbara
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Enjoy walking along Santa Barbara's beautiful waterfront while learning about the city's rich and intriguing history; from the early native americans to the new chic Funk Zone. John Ummel, a long time retired resident will take you back in time...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 650-576-4145
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed John Ummel’s walking tour last Friday afternoon. Though we’re locals, we learned a lot of history about Santa Barbara we didn’t know. Thanks John!

Thank charltzweb
Reviewed 1 week ago

John's free walking tour did not disappoint. We are not new in town or visiting from out of town. We have lived here for more than 40 years and were so surprised at all the history, intriguing stories, and little known facts that John shared...More

Thank lesliejmcgann
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a highly engaging and informative couple of hours on a private tour with John. His enthusiasm was totally infectious. There were twelve stops on the tour and each stop was accompanied by an entertaining commentary and old photos of how Santa Barbara used...More

Thank Happiness801588
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John's tour is extremely interesting and entertaining. I moved to Santa Barbara a few months ago and took the tour when my mom visited. I learned plenty of things about the city and the history of Santa Barbara, not only the Waterfront. John is an...More

Thank Gabrielle G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love Free Walking Tours and Jon doesn't disappoint. Incredible story telling, photos, and interesting facts. I probably know more about Santa Barbara from these 2 hours and than anyone who has visited. If you want to do something other than drink wine, try the...More

Thank Erik Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ambled with John along the marina and found out so much about Santa Barbara and its surroundings. He brought the past to life in the old part of town - the growth of the vineyards and wineries, the people who shaped the town, the...More

Thank Iseult O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great opportunity to learn a bit more about Santa Barbara. John does a great job and is constantly trying to find more facts about Santa Barbara

Thank hhth1622
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m an aficionado of the Free Walking Tour movement, and John’s tour of the Santa Barbara waterfront was a perfect example of the form: personally researched, passionately delivered, delightful, and fascinating. From the life and death of yeast king Max Fleischmann to the rise and...More

Thank randallr78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This past weekend I experienced my first walking tour…”free” walking tour even! It was outstanding! John was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Santa Barbara; we learned a lot! The day was beautiful, a bit warm, and John made sure most of our stops had...More

Thank Roam659756
Reviewed 10 September 2018

I learned so much about the city I live in. The tour walks you through very scenic and iconic landmarks of Santa Barbara. John was super insightful!

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Response from z0ff | Reviewed this property |
You can book here freewalkingtoursb It is free, but tips are appreciated. We paid $20 for 6 people.