Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara

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  • Address: 2201 Laguna St
  • Hours: Open Mon-Sun from 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: Self-Guided $5, Docent Guided $8

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Mission Santa Barbara

Also known as the Santa Barbara Mission or simply “The Mission,” Mission Santa Barbara has come to be more than just a Catholic outpost; it has come to represent all that is historic and cultural in Santa Barbara. A Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan Order in 1786 and built upon a hill overlooking the valley, The Mission, with its beautiful construction and commanding position on the landscape, is a long-standing Santa Barbara favorite.

Rich in history, the missions of California were Spanish colonial outposts and served to help colonize the area. Known for its rolling lawns and rose garden, which are open to the public year round, Mission Santa Barbara is one of the longest continuously operating missions in California. It still takes parishioners to this day, thus maintaining the longest unbroken tradition of choral singing among the California missions. Explore the grounds, see the beautiful nave of the church, and investigate to your heart’s content this icon of Santa Barbara.

Practical Info

Mission Santa Barbara is located 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, California. Parking is readily available and free, though the bus Line 22 stops right around the corner. Mission Santa Barbara is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Self-guided tours are $5 for adults, while docent-guided tours are $8.

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Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy the beautiful sights of Santa Barbara while riding an easy-to-use electric bike. Follow your guide to the Santa Barbara Mission, State Street and other ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.99

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Carmel

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Want to discover the best of the West Coast over three memorable days? This unique tour by van or motorcoach will take you from Los Angeles to the must-see ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $462.99

Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Experience spectacular views and awe-inspiring sights along the California coast! You can enjoy one of the world's most scenic coastal drives on this day ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.99

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