Outdoor Activities in Santa Barbara



When it comes to clear, sunny skies, Santa Barbara has an exceptional track record. Museums and shops have a lot to offer, but when fresh air beckons, there are countless outdoor activities to choose from in town. If you've got a green thumb or simply appreciate meandering through a lush garden, head to Ganna Walska's exotic Lotusland and the charming Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. At the Old Mission Santa Barbara, roses flourish and the sweet aroma of the flowers fill the air. For salty sea air, park yourself on the soft sand of Carpinteria City Beach, where kiddies can build sandcastles or play on the nearby jungle gym, and folks can run, walk, swim, surf, or kick back for a lazy day at the beach. The Santa Barbara Sailing Center gets you off the sand and on the water in their fleet of boats available for tours. Mountain air is aplenty when you embark on any number of local hikes. Inspiration Point rewards hikers with views of the city and Channel Islands, while the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a shady, cool walk which reveals traces of Santa Barbara's earliest inhabitants. Tee off at the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course, which is tucked in the picturesque and tranquil Santa Ynes Valley. If you're game is not so much putting as it is sipping, get your outdoor fix while wine tasting at the popular Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard in Santa Ynez. Of course, the famous Santa Barbara Zoo consists of an ambling property with the ocean in sight and lots of green grass to lounge on in between animal exhibits.

Carpinteria City Beach, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Carpinteria City Beach, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

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

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd
Los Olivos

Inspiration Point

Tunnel Road

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd
A short drive uphill from the mission

Santa Barbara Sailing Center

133 Harbor Way

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

Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St
At Los Olivos St

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Niños Dr
Off Cabrillo Blvd

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