Santa Barbara's Historical Buildings


Tour Number

Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: Yes. If children are included in tour we can modify the tour and make a stop at a playground.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Architecture of commercial buildings in Santa Barbara

After a 6. 8 earthquake in 1925, most of the buildings in Santa Barbara followed a strict architectural style of Spanish influences. Come enjoy a tour of many of these historical buildings including the County Courthouse built in a Spanish Colonial Revival style, the Spanish-Moorish influenced Granada Theatre, the Arlington Theatre (Mission Revival) and the "Queen of the Missions", built it 1786.
This tour will accommodate your group of 6 travelers.


The first stop will be the Presidio, built in 1782, followed by the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where we will stroll the grounds and go up to the tower for the 360 degree view.
We will then walk one block to the Granada Theatre, followed by another block to the Arlington Theatre.
We will then return to the bus and will drive one mile to the Santa Barbara Mission. After seeing the Mission, we will see the houses designed by renowned architect Mary Osbourne Craig. Then we will drive down Garden Street and pass by one of George Washington Smith's masterpieces, then the Crocker Row houses. Other turn of the century mansions will be pointed out, including El Nido (The Nest), and travelers will learn how three city blocks came to be city parks. We will travel towards the "Funk Zone" where we will visit Santa Barbara's famous Morten Bay Fig Tree, planted in 1874 by Adelaide Crabbe.

The price for this excursion is $350 for your group of 6 people

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: Meeting point will be at the place designated by group guide.

End Point Options: Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: End point will be at the place designated by group guide.

Duration: 3 hours


We will use the bus that is being provided by the traveler.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Estimated Local Cash Needed

No cash is needed for this tour

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks


Pets ok but no smoking

A Recent Review of this tour

The Santa Barbara Historical Buildings tour led by Meredith was a highlight of my visit to this beautiful town. Meredith was gracious, energetic and extremely knowledgeable. She went above and beyond, even taking me to get an organic green juice. The tour itself was just right. I was traveling alone and wanted a short tour so that I could get to see a bit of Santa Barbara before leaving. I went away with historical knowledge, great photos and a desire to revisit this beautiful town. Thank you, Meredith!
Nora Miller

Read More Reviews For This Tour
Private tour guide Meredith

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Meredith B.

Web address (URL) of this page:

Tours by Meredith B.

See more of the tours offered by this guide.

Santa Barbara's Historical Buildings

Santa Barbara's Historical Buildings

Architecture of commercial buildings in Santa Barbara

350 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours

learn more
Hike in Santa Barbara

Hike in Santa Barbara


Three hour hike to Inspiration Point

200 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours

learn more
Santa Barbara Views Unlimited Tour

Santa Barbara Views Unlimited Tour

Walking tour of the "American Riviera" and its beaches

150 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours

learn more