Old Mission Santa Barbara

Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites

Map / Directions 10Best Says

A joint effort of Franciscan vision and Chumash Indian labor, this graceful structure was founded by Franciscan Friar Fermen de Lasuen on the Feast of St. Barbara, December 4, 1786. Architectural...  Read More

Map / Directions Hours:

  • Daily 9am-4:30pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Self-guided tour Adult $5; Senior $4; Student (6-15) $1; Child (0-5) Free

  • Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Museums: "The Santa Barbara Mission is especially vibrant over Memorial Day weekend, when it hosts Santa Barbara's popular I Madonnari chalk painting festival."
  • Free Things to Do: "Visit the mission during the I Madonnari festival to see great (but temporary) works of art, hear live music and eat food from local vendors."
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Known as the "Queen of the Missions," this historic building offers tours, has an ocean view and is fronted by the prettiest rose garden!
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: An exceptionally beautiful historical destination, especially when the lush rose garden is in bloom.
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: The Santa Barbara Mission is beautiful year round. Daily tours are available, and there is lush grass that's ideal for picnic lunches.
  • Best for Museums Because: You can't visit Santa Barbara without taking in the majesty of the "Queen of the Missions."

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