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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.
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  • A must see! Park on pier get 90 mins free. We are at the end of pier at small Fish Place. Great for families and walking!  more »
  • If you want to take a nice stroll, the wharf might be the place for you. It takes you out across the water which provides a lively view. On the other side you’ll find restaurants if you want to delay ...  more »
  • Worth a visit when in SB. Restaurants and activities (aquarium) here are notable. Visit here, plus there is a great walking/biking trail to this location  more »
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  • Bathrooms located in two different spots on the pier besides the ones inside the restaurants and the sea life center. You must go to the Sea life center. Be sure to stop first at the Santa Barbara Visitor Center to get the map for tourists which has a $2 off coupon per person to the sea life center. I was also surprised at how little the parking cost on the pier, especially compared to other peers like Santa Monica. I believe the first 90 minutes was free and then it's only a dollar fifty per hour after that. The views were very nice and it was fun to stroll and get ice cream and see the shops.
  • Beautiful pier over looking the harbor. This was my first visit here and it was a great time. The food was excellent and general atmosphere was welcoming and laid back. I drove up from Los Angeles for the day and I would do it again. I can't wait to go back and have some crab legs looking out to the harbor and sipping a nice cold one. Perfect for a day or weekend getaway. Go the restaurant on the pier end, dont walks away after you sign in for seating, they will skip you.
  • Classic, wharf/pier. You can actually drive out on this wooden pier and park for free for 90 min. Plenty of time to get unique views of Santa Barbara and stroll around the cute shops and get some food or ice cream. Don't miss it if your in the area.
  • I think it is the longest wharf that I’ve ever been. You literally feel in the ocean. Not much of events going on like in San Francisco fisherman’s wharf but it is perfect just to watch the ocean and birds. Relaxing experience.
  • The restaurants and shops are a bit pricy but it's very understandable as its on top of the sea. The parking is free if u leave within 75 min if i remember correctly. It's pretty crazy how these wooden planks can support tons of weight from the cars and trucks. There are supposed to be seals but i didnt see any. Also they should have that seafood soup that comes in a bread bowl.

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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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