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Old Mission Santa Barbara
One of the most famous Catholic monuments in the state, Santa Barbara’s Old Mission is one of the longest continuously operating missions in California. Visit this beautifully constructed 1786 outpost to find stunning stonework, impressive columns, and two domed towers, as well as plenty of Native American and Spanish colonial history.

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.
 
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.

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.

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.
 
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.
Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
Admission: Varies
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Private Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Private Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

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Explore Santa Barbara by electric bike, covering plenty of ground on a morning or afternoon excursion. Ride your easy-to-use beach cruiser to key landmarks such as State Street and the Santa Barbara Mission as your knowledgeable guide shares the city’s history during this Santa Barbara bike tour. Have your camera ready as you glide along the renowned Pacific coastline. Numbers are limited to five people, ensuring personalized attention and a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Mountains to Shore Biking Tour in Santa Barbara

Mountains to Shore Biking Tour in Santa Barbara

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Take a van to the top of La Cumbre Peak, hop on a bike, and embark on a mostly downhill journey to the shores of a local Santa Barbara beach. With plenty of sights to see along the way, including the Santa Barbara Mission, this roughly 20-mile (32-kilometer) tour is perfect for all skill levels. Chat with a local guide about the natural and cultural history of the area, and enjoy a provided lunch in a park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Los Olivos and Coast from Santa Barbara Day Trip

Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Los Olivos and Coast from Santa Barbara Day Trip

Globe Trekkers is all about giving you The VIP and attention you deserve! These are private tours (your party only), hotel pick up and drop off included, you call the stops, we take your photos for you, And we offer complimentary snacks and drinks. This private jeep tour will pick up guest at the location of their choice in Santa Barbara. The first stop will be the beautiful historic mission. The views from here are breathtaking. Guest will be driven up the coast to El Capitain Beach. The tour continues as we wander the beautiful Danish inspired setting of Solvang, complete with; windmills, wooden shoes, wineries, museums, and olive oil tasting. After lunch we will head to Los Olivos to explore more wineries and shops. The final end to the tour before being taken back to Santa Barbara is a drive through the beautiful oaks and rolling hills up to The Neverland Ranch gate. This was the home of legendary pop star Michael Jackson.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$850.00
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Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Even though there is a lot to see in Los Angeles, a excursion out of the city is also highly recommended. Enjoy a visit of Solvang; a city founded by Danish travellers who wanted to establish a Danish community! It gives you a brief view of Denmark and it is a truly incredible location. We will also enjoy a stop and visit to the city of Santa Barbara. This is also a unique coastal city with incredible views and beautiful panoramic views and it has a Mediterranean vibe.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$769.03
Price varies by group size
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