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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 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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Alberta, Canada
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Alberta, Canada
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110 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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278 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 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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Thank kenmac1
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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Thank nemo474
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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
12 attraction reviews
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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Thank Micheleband
United Kingdom
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195 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 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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