Cool Things To Do in Santa Barbara



Whether you're keen on sipping wine, perusing works of art, hitting the high seas, seeing live music, or taking to a trail, Santa Barbara is not only fun, it's downright cool. The Urban Wine Trail can be found smack dab in the middle of town, where local wines flow and sea breezes beckon. While making your way along the trail, stop in to Municipal Winemakers, where vintage cool meets refined hipsters who know their wine. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and Ganna Walska's Lotusland reveal the town's history in beautiful settings. You can get lost in the sprawling gardens of Montecito's Lotusland, while the art museum and mission are both iconic and beautiful sites plunked in the middle of modern day Santa Barbara. For a little adventure and fresh air, head to the Santa Barbara Sailing Center to charter a boat and spend the day cruising the Pacific with the dolphins. If you like to stay on terra firma, head into the nearby back country, where you can hike to Inspiration Point (which lives up to its name) and check out ancient cave paintings by the native Chumash population. Good, old-fashioned fun awaits at the Santa Barbara Zoo, where you can see exotic wildlife amid ocean-views. The historic Santa Barbara Bowl is another must while in town. World renowned acts stop in to play at the intimate amphitheater set in the town's Riviera neighborhood.

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

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Downtown Santa Barbara

Sip local varietals at tastings around downtown Santa Barbara... read more

Inspiration Point

Tunnel Road

A scenic hiking trail that rewards with epic views of Santa Barbara... read more

Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St
At Los Olivos St

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State St

Encouraging Art... read more

Santa Barbara Sailing Center

133 Harbor Way

Charter a boat for a cruise around the Santa Barbara Channel... read more

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Niños Dr
Off Cabrillo Blvd

Ocean views and 600 animals to see... read more

Lotusland

695 Ashley Road

Eccentric and onetime opera singer Madame Gana Walska's former Montecito estate has extraordinary sprawling gardens that are open to the public by reservation only... read more

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Chumash Native American rock paintings dating back more than 400 years... read more

Municipal Winemakers

28 Anacapa St

A hipster haven along the urban wine trail, this tasting room serves up homegrown varietals and refillable growlers of vino... read more

Santa Barbara Bowl

1122 North Milpas Street

A musical journey... read more
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