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Santa Barbara Visitor Center

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Address: 1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1836
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+1 805-965-3021
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Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara...

Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara represents the essence California -- the art & culture of the big city & the heart & hospitality of a small, coastal town. Between the shopping on State Street, some of the best restaurants in the country & the best that the hotel industry has to offer, Santa Barbara is truly a magnificent place to live or visit!Please come and visit us! We have free Visitors Maps with DISCOUNT COUPONS.

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We stopped in the center a couple of times. They were as nice as they were helpful. Very knowledgeable about the area and able to answer all my questions.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Deborah A
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in the center a couple of times. They were as nice as they were helpful. Very knowledgeable about the area and able to answer all my questions.

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Thank Deborah A
Santa Ynez, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would like to thank the staff at the Santa Barbara Visitor Center. These ladies are wonderful representatives of Santa Barbara.

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

they have maps and information about any thing in the area. Parking is free for first 15 minutes. They have clean bathrooms. Plenty of parking... You have to pay first if you plan on being there longer than 15 minutes or you will get ticketed. You can buy trolley tickets here and it picks you up right in the front.

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Edmonton, Canada
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71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by a couple of times - everyone was helpful and gave us great info!! Lots of brochures available

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Alberta, Canada
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117 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We were out walking when we spotted the visitor center and decided to see what they had to offer. We met a very friendly lady who listened to us explain what type of things we like to do. Then she pointed out some things we might like and gave directions and maps to the ones we liked.

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Thank MJH048
Carlsbad, California
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I have been a visitor center volunteer in my own town for several years. So of course I always have to stop. They are very friendly, helpful and have a lot of resources and tips. Better then TripAdvisor :) to see so many activities and options in one spot.

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Thank Kendall H
Carlsbad, California
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Easy location to find and very good help from employees and brochures available. They will also provide local maps and make suggestions of places to see.

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Thank Richard A
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Santa Barbara Visitor Center calls most of hotels in Santa Barbara to find that day's occupancy and rates. If you haven't made any reservations and you find that most of Santa Barbara is booked then this is one place you must check. They cover a wide area for you.

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Thank Dan F
Spring Valley, California
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283 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Went there because it is the beginning of the trolley tour and was surprised to find a really clean neat place with plenty of friendly staff, information, and clean restrooms.

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South
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57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Went in to get general information about area. Two ladies could not have been more helpful and friendly. Plenty of documentation to take away about various places and activities. When I told them we were relying on public transport they suggested various trips by bus e.g.to Carpentaria and Goleta. All the information proved accurate even their advice not to attempt... More 

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