Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Santa Barbara
A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan friars created the mission so they could convert the indigenous Chumash tribe to Catholicism. Embark on self-guided tour through the sacred garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum, or take one of the docent-led tours. Don't miss the fountain, aqueduct, and lavandaria in the Mission's front yard, all original fixtures built by the Chumash. The museum is home to a Chumash prayer board, the first written Chumash ever attempted. Our Santa Barbara day trip planner makes visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and other Santa Barbara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We stayed at the Simpson House which was delightful. They give you a lovely walking tour which swings you right by the mission. It has been restored but still is charming. It has lovely gardens to wan...  more »
  • The SB Mission is worth a visit as it is a SB landmark. If you don't want to tour the mission, you can at least walk around it and especially in the wonderful role garden just below the mission.  more »
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  • Fiesta at the Old Mission has been a Santa Barbara tradition for many years. The dancers are very entertaining and kick off the week of fiesta each year. The grounds are beautiful and the rose garden across the street is a nice spot for walking or having a picnic. for lunch
  • Beautiful architecture and it's well taken care of! We loved seeing the cemetary. Once inside the chapel, it just hit us-we needed to take a moment of silence and self-reflection. So peaceful. My husband and I highly recommend it!

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