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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

The Basics

Built in a commanding position on a hill overlooking the valley area, the Spanish mission is a long-standing Santa Barbara favorite, known for its rolling lawns and impressive rose garden, both open to the public year-round. Learn about brutal early colonization efforts on a tour, wander the well-kept grounds, and see the beautiful church nave. Depending on the day, it's possible to catch a performance by the longest-running choral singing group in California.

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Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
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$30.00 per adult
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Rusty the driver /...
Rusty the driver / narrator was very thorough. The places shown were great - a good way to hit all the highlights of the area. Appreciated the plexi glass partitions in between seats . Felt safe . Would recommend to others
RICHARD_W, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Santa Barbara

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Great morning ride!
Sara_G, Jul 2022
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
It was a nice ride through the area with a guide who talked about the local history and highlights. There is parking on site at the Visitor’s Center along with a clean restroom and a place to purchase a few snacks for the ride.
star-5
Rusty the driver /...
RICHARD_W, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
Rusty the driver / narrator was very thorough. The places shown were great - a good way to hit all the highlights of the area. Appreciated the plexi glass partitions in between seats . Felt safe . Would recommend to others
star-5
Great way to see Santa Barbara!
Perry_S, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Colin was so knowledgeable and provided a lot interesting and helpful information about Santa Barbara.
star-5
Good experience riding...
Renee_O, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Good experience riding across Santa Barbara with a guide and having stops along the way. There could be improvements with communicating with riders as they all may not be able to ride near guide or hear the guide talk about the areas.
star-5
Solo but Happy
Patty_T, Jul 2022
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
Great tour! love the history information behind the places driven by. I love ending tat the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
star-5
First time e-bike!
Christine_L, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Great overview of city and knowledgeable of points of interest. Evokes we’re awesome! Definitely recommend this tour.
star-4
Worth the trip!
Sherelle_J, Jul 2022
Santa Barbara Private Tour and Wine Tasting Experience from LA
This was a very nice way to see outside of LA. Cold creek Tavern and Sunstone winery were very nice. Also a lot of historical information about Santa Barbara.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Claire_F, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Dale was amazing! He is from the area and took us to some of the most unique spots we would never find on our own! We hope to come back soon!!!
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Enjoy the many fun facts...
Judy_Z, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
Enjoy the many fun facts during the tour as we probably would have missed going in the Clock Tower at the SB Co. Court House. Especially enjoyed seeing the Santa Barbara Mission.
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Private Electric Bike Tours with Mike in Santa Barbara!!
JanelPrasad, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Our host Mike was very knowledgeable, well-informed about Santa Barbara today, and historical events that have helped shape the city into and its surroundings into what it is today. We loved the fact that he was accommodating, flexible, and all 3 of us felt welcomed and comfortable riding around the waterfront and through the city to get a local's perspective and the rich history of Santa Barbara. Thanks again Mike!
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Great tour with AJ!
James_H, May 2022
Best of Santa Barbara with Solvang and Wineries VIP Private Boutique Tour
AJ was an excellent guide. He had done his homework, knew the background well, and was very flexible for our particular interests. Excellent mix of history, great wineries, and interesting sights. Makes you want to return to Santa Bárbara soon!
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Low key fun!
Susana_A, Aug 2022
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
We had a really fun experience and the tour guide was excellent. I can appreciate that we had a native to the city and he was very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this fun tour with interesting little facts sprinkled in between. Santa Barbara is pretty low key and I wanted to see the city in slow motion, which was fabulous!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mission Santa Barbara is a must-visit for travelers interested in history and architecture.

  • The Old Mission's extensive gift store, Serra Shop, sells all sorts of books, jewelry, and religious paraphernalia.

  • Most of the Old Mission is accessible by wheelchair, and ADA restrooms are available.

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How to Get There

The Old Mission is situated north of downtown Santa Barbara, about a 5- to 10-minute drive into town or 15 minutes by car to the Santa Barbara Airport. The nearest bus stop is at the corner of State and Pueblo streets, about a 15-minute walk away. It’s easiest to visit the mission by car or as part of a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

Mission Santa Barbara is open daily from 9am to 5pm, with the last entry at 4:15pm. Hour-long docent-led tours are held weekdays at 11am, Saturdays at 10:30am, and Sundays at 12:30pm. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Mission Museum

One of the most interesting parts of the Old Mission is its on-site museum, full of art and artifacts. Highlights include a re-creation of an old-fashioned kitchen, a priest’s room (complete with an antique chess set), trade rooms featuring traditional weaving and blacksmithing tools, and the Chumash Room, dedicated to Native American artifacts.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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