Santa Barbara, CA
for Italian horticulturist Francesco Franceschi, this 18-acre park
offers some of the most wonderful views of the Santa Barbara city
and coast. It is well known locally for its wonderful
collection of exotic plants.
Franceschi home is within the boundaries of the park and is
scheduled for a face-lift. There is a small picnic site, a
large patio that serves as the group picnic area, restrooms, and
parking. This is a great park for lunch or a romantic stroll
through the winding paths.
kids might be bored but the adults will love it.
Take Mission from the 101 towards the mountains and follow
until you reach the end. Turn left onto Laguna and at the stop
sign turn right onto Los Olivos. At the fork in the road bear
right and follow the Alameda Padre Serra until you reach Alvarado
Place. Turn left and when you reach Mission Ridge, turn right.
Drive until you see the sign for the park on your left. Take the
next left onto Franceschi Road. Look for the park gates on your
left marked 1501 about 400 feet from Mission Ridge. (If you get to
the top of the hill you have gone too far). Enter the gates and go
down a long level driveway to the parking area.