El Presidio State Historic Park


Rating:B (great history but it’s a brief walking tour;
hands off mostly!)
Ages:Use your discretion on how interested your child will be
Directions: 101, exit Garden, inland to Canon Perdido Street, then turn left to Santa Barbara Street.
Contact: 965-0093 or http://sbthp.org/presidio.htm
Season:Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided tours of the site can be arranged at De La Guerra House, or Casa de la Guerra, at the State Street end of the park, adjacent to El Paseo and across the street from De La Guerra Plaza. Open 12-4 Thursdays through Sundays.

Founded in 1782, Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last in a chain of four military forts built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California, then a wilderness frontier. Padre Junípero Serra, well known for his leadership in founding the California missions, blessed the site of the Santa Barbara Presidio four years prior to the establishment of the Mission of Santa Barbara in 1786. The Presidios played a vital role in the occupation of New Spain. They protected the missions and settlers against attack, provided a seat of government, and guarded the country against foreign invasion. Children like the dress-up days annually in late April, during the celebration of Santa Barbara’s birthday. The parties include a church service in the Presidio Chapel, reenactment of the 1782 founding of Santa Barbara, a tribute to Saint Barbara, cultural dancers, and, of course, a big birthday cake! Built of sun-dried adobe bricks laid upon a sandstone foundation, the fort was made up of a quadrangle with two cannon bastions. Center stage was Santa Barbara’s first church for its city dwellers. The Christian Chumash people worshipped at the Mission. At the State Street end of the Presidio, Casa De La Guerra was the family home for 12 children of the first commander of the Presidio. The home was also the social center of Santa Barbara for 27 years.
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Upcoming Activities


Calendar of Events

Sierra Club Flashlight Hike
+-3 miles, 6 p.m. Fridays
Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna Street
Free, 685-2145

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Tour
First Saturday, third Sunday
Hike Tour, 10-Noon, open til 4
Reservations required:
arroyohondo@sblandtrust.org
(805) 567-1115
 
Camino Real Bike Moves (all ages)
Bicycle downtown at night!
First Tuesday of the month
9:30 p.m. De La Guerra Plaza
(805) 455-8957

Free Rides Wed. & 1st Friday!
South Coast Railroad Museum
1-4 p.m. Wed. through Sun.
300 N. Los Carneros
964-3540

Art Workshops
Art From Scrap
10 a.m. Saturdays, $6.00
302 E. Cota St., 884-0459

Remote-Control Car Races
11:30 a.m. every Sunday
Elings Park, Free! All ages!
1298 Las Positas Rd.
www.elingspark.org

S.B. Maritime Museum: Free!
3rd Thursday of the month
805-962-8404/www.sbmm.org

Museum of Natural History
Free admission
3rd Sunday of the month
(805) 682-4711
www.sbnature.org

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Free admission every Sunday
805-963-4364/www.sbma.net

Ocean Ducks (polar bears)
Any ages, any suits, welcome!
9 a.m. every Sunday with
Post-swim potluck breakfast
Butterfly Beach, north stairs
Noon, Mon./Wed./Fri. at
shower near Beachside Cafe
Goleta Beach
www.oceanducks.com
(805) 637-8331

Drum Circle
Listen or participate!
4 p.m. Saturdays, all ages
Chase Palm Park
(805) 967-9956