Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Santa Barbara  /  Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

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 pier now serves primarily as a tourist attraction. Stop at the restaurant at the end of the pier, and enjoy the views over Santa Barbara as you savor your meal. With our world travel planner, Santa Barbara attractions like Stearns Wharf can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Stearns Wharf
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Stearns Wharf Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
2,134 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Great place to see Santa Barbara from the oceanfront, the view looking toward the Mountains is only topped by watching the sunset from the wharf. The people-watching is great as well!  more »
  • Stearn’s Wharf is a neat stop when you’re visiting Santa Barbara. It’s filled with shops and restaurants and ice cream and candy. I think I gained 10 lbs while I was there. It’s offers beautiful...  more »
  • Classic California - this wharf overlooks a gorgeous marina with palm trees lining the street. There was a cool street artists collecting tossed coins into various cups. Very fun.  more »
Google
  • I absolutely loved Stearns Wharf! When you live in CA you forget to appreciate the beauty of our piers. This is one is stunning and has these little quant stores along the way. It was so peaceful, as opposed to some other piers I go to! I smelled the fresh air and just enjoyed the wind in my hair! Also, they have excellent restaurants at the end of the pier!!!
  • A beautiful pier to walk down as the sun sets. The iconic view of Santa Barbara’s palm trees along the shore. Enjoy a bottle of wine at the end of the dock at Deep Sea Winery, with a take out chippy from the restaurant below. Also at the end of the pier, a nice restaurant and valet parking if needed.
  • A key tourist destination in Santa Barbara, I always make sure to bring my guests here. The parking is in the actual pier itself, so it's quite limited, but usually there is valley parking available, which is free, so you only pay a fee dollars for a tip. Of course, you can always just walk from the beach. The pier itself has both casual and nicer dining options a candy store and ice cream store as well as a wine tasting room. There is also fishing off the end of the pier and a Marine Wildlife museum for the kids.
  • A must see when visiting SB. I found that walking is much better than driving through the pier. Parking can be a pain. But walking can really be a pleasure and you can take in all the scenery and enjoy the stores and restaurants. Walking to the end of the pier and looking out at the water is nice also. There is a fishing store at the end of the pier where you can rent a fishing pole and catch some fish. All in all a very cool spot.
  • Go on a weekend afternoon when tourists are strolling and locals fish and eat. The atmosphere is very lively yet relaxed, and the Sea breeze pulls it all together. It almost felt like being in one of those beach post cards when I walked to the end of my cousins while showing them around SB.
Places to stay near Stearns Wharf

Plan your trip to Santa Barbara

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Santa Barbara

See all ›
4.9
Duration:8​h
4.5
Duration:2​h
4.7
Duration:2​h
4.5
Duration:2​h

Side trips from Santa Barbara

Hidden gems in Santa Barbara

4.3
Duration:2​h
4.8
Duration:2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration:2​h
4.6
Duration:2​h

Museums in Santa Barbara

4.5
Duration:2​h
4.5
Duration:2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration:2​h

Wineries in Santa Barbara

4.8
Duration:2​h
4.8
Duration:1​h
4.6
Duration:2​h
4.4
Duration:1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Santa Barbara

5.0
Duration:2​h
4.9
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.9
Duration:30​min
5.0
Duration:4​h
5.0
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration:2​h 30​min
4.1
Duration:2​h

Plans to Stearns Wharf by other users

11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in California's Central Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Santa Monica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Santa Monica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Ventura BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in California's Central Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in San Diego, Corona & California's Central Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans