Fun Things To Do in Santa Barbara



There's no shortage of fun to be had during a trip to Santa Barbara. From historic sites and museums, to beer tasting and music concerts, there's a little something for everyone in this ocean enclave. If you'd like to imbibe in fine varietals and locally made frosty brews, hit the urban wine trail, where you can finish the day with a cold Telegraph beer straight from the brewery. If family fun is more your speed, the Santa Barbara Zoo (which boasts ocean views), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Stearns Wharf are chalked full of sites and activities that both kids and their folks will enjoy. The Santa Barbara Sailing Center is the spot to charter sailboats for private cruises-a great way to experience dolphins, harbor seals, and the wealth of sea life which call Santa Barbara shores home. Active visitors won't want to miss the popular Inspiration Point Hike, which rewards those that finish with panoramic views of the city and the Channel Islands. Take in some local lore with a stop by Chumash Painted Cave Historic Park to view the mysterious rock art left by the native population who thrived here for so long. Madame Ganna Walska's Lotusland consists of surreal, fascinating, and lush once-private gardens tucked in the hills of Montecito. Regular tours take you through the life and landscapes of a wealthy opera singer's abode. For a real slice of Santa Barbara culture, buy tickets to see a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, where the likes of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and other rock legends have graced the intimate amphitheater.

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

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

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

Santa Barbara Bowl

1122 North Milpas Street

A musical journey... read more

Santa Barbara Sailing Center

133 Harbor Way

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

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State St

Encouraging Art... read more

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Niños Dr
Off Cabrillo Blvd

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

Stearns Wharf

State Street & W Cabrillo Boulevard

Historic Wharf... read more

Telegraph Brewing Co Inc

416 North Salsipuedes Street

Locally brewed ales fresh from the tap... read more
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