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The Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara

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Top attractions in Santa Barbara

Wine Tours & Tastings , Santa Barbara
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Sip your way through boutique wineries, cellars, and tasting rooms on a wine tasting tour from Santa Barbara. Learn about the area's history
Tours from $83
Historic Site
Old Mission Santa Barbara , Santa Barbara
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A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan fri
Tours from $90
Architectural Building
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Not just any old government structure, Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a four-building Spanish-Moorish complex with plenty to see beyond c
Tours from $21
Pier / Boardwalk
Stearns Wharf , Santa Barbara
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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
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Theme Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain , Santa Clarita
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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

Santa Barbara

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Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Architectural Buildings · Piers & Boardwalks
Things to do in Santa Barbara range from guided wine tasting tours to whale watching excursions. The city's most visited landmarks include the Bell Tower at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Stearns Wharf, both providing great opportunities for memorable photos. For insight into the colonization of Southern California, embark on a guided tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara--its garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum. Featuring a whale watching area, picnic spots, and a playground, Shoreline Park is a good place to visit if traveling with kids.

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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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