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Santa Barbara Visitor Center

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Address: 1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1836
Phone Number: +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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Well done. Lots of great information and restrooms!

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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Spring Valley, California
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Spring Valley, California
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264 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 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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55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 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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Thank nemo474
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The very helpful lady at the visitor centre rang a hotel for us to see if there was availability. We arrived in S.Barbara with no hotel booking and it turned out to be a very busy weekend. The hotel she recommended probably wouldn't have been one I would have looked at, but turned out to be amazing. We were so... More 

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Thank Danielle S
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55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We went in to get info on the area and hotels. The lady was extremely helpful providing us with the information we required .

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Thank Lesley P
Porto Alegre, RS
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

When you get to a city you´ve never been before, it´s good to take a look at the indications on the visitor center. They are helpful and friendly.

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United Kingdom
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194 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I popped into the visitor center to ask how easy the 9-15 mile scenic drive was to navigate, a really helpful gentleman marked a large map for me with neon marker & advised where we could stop along the way (allowing me to take the map for free). It was faultless & we enjoyed the drive so much without having... More 

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Encinitas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We were helped by a volunteer who was a former teacher in fifth grade teacher in Santa Barbara. She answered all our questions so pleasantly and thoroughly and circled all the places on a big map that she gave us as we left. Great PR person for the city.

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Thank 6031Phyllis
Scottsdale, Arizona
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128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The best place to begin your research of what to do in the city and beyond. Worth the stop as the people can assist you and save you time, perhaps.

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Goleta
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140 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Ok, this place was moved here from the corner of State and Montecito Sts where it was a fish market. They picked up a stone building and moved it, wow.

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Perth, Australia
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80 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

OK, it isn't the largest visitor centre but the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and gave us all we needed to enjoy our first visit to Santa Barbara, Thank you for all your help and assistance and answering our numerous questions.

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Thank Mike J

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