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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Pier / Boardwalk · Tourist Spot
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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  • Easy-going stroll for a family and the pup. You can drive on the pier but if you are up for a walk, it's a nice one. The pier is well-kept and I felt safe walking on my own. If you want a snack or a.....  more »
  • We drove down from SOLVANG. We parked at HotelCalifornian but could have parked on the wharf at the end of the pier for free for 2 hours. Now we know. Its super clean and beautiful. Its walk only on.....  more »
  • if you are looking for a nice stroll or a place to get some good food, ice cream cone, do a little souvenier shopping, this is the place. A little subdued compared to normal summer crowds and because....  more »
  • 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.

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