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The Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara with Kids

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Santa Barbara with Kids

Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo , Santa Barbara
4.5
See rare and endangered species and take part in various animal-oriented activities at Santa Barbara Zoo. The zoo features more than 400 anim
Historic Site
Old Mission Santa Barbara , Santa Barbara
4.5
A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan fri
Tours from $90
Theme Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain , Santa Clarita
3.9
For a day of thrilling rides on some of the country's fastest roller coasters, visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. Featuring nine themed areas, t
Pier / Boardwalk
Stearns Wharf , Santa Barbara
4.1
Take in the pleasant views from the tip of Stearns Wharf, a wooden pier stretching out into the harbor of Santa Barbara. Built in 1872, the p
Tours from $21
Beach
Zuma Beach , Malibu
4.5
One of the most popular beaches in the greater Los Angeles area, Zuma Beach attracts swimmers, surfers, fishers, and beachgoers alike with re

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Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Blessed with a mild climate and lush location, Santa Barbara remains a playground for the rich and famous, so it's no surprise that accommodations can be extremely expensive here. The priciest hotels are near the water, so before you make your reservations, decide if staying beachside fits into your budget. You can find more affordable rooms at any one of the area's small motels, located just blocks from the beaches. These offer secure parking, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi.
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