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Santa Barbara's Historical Buildings


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, 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 can accommodate up to six 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 car and will drive one mile to the Santa Barbara Mission. At the Mission we will take the 30 minute tour if customer chooses ($9 per adult).

The price for this excursion is $300 for up to six people. For additional travelers, contact me and we will make arrangements.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at either your hotel or the location of your choice. I will be wearing a red floppy hat.

End location: I will leave you at either your hotel or at the location of your choice.

Duration: 2 hours


You will be transported in a seven passenger white Dodge SUV and will have opportunities to get out a walk around some of the buildings.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Bottled water and snacks will be provided if you should desire them.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

9 U.S. Dollars - Entrance into the Santa Barbara Mission is $9 per adult, $4 per child.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs


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

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