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Old Mission Santa Barbara

Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites

Map / Directions 10Best Says

If you didn't take a picture of the Queen of the Missions, does your trip to Santa Barbara even count? Most locals would say no. Pack a picnic (don't forget the local wine) and spread out for happy...  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

  • 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."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "Grab a blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful and spacious lawns surrounding the mission. There's plenty of street parking on weekdays."
  • 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."
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: An exceptionally beautiful historical destination, especially when the lush rose garden is in bloom.
  • 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 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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