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Santa Barbara

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Architectural Buildings · Piers & Boardwalks · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Popular things to do in Santa Barbara

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
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Duration: 5h 30 min
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Historic Site
Old Mission Santa Barbara
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Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Duration: 2 hours
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Pier / Boardwalk
Stearns Wharf
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Duration: 2 hours
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.

Side trips from Santa Barbara

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Theme Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain Santa Clarita
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Duration: 8 hours
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Specialty Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Simi Valley
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Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat Ventura
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
246 Wine & Brew Tours Lompoc
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Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Santa Barbara

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Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Fishing Charter / Tour
Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter
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Duration: 4 hours
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Children’s Museum
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Santa Barbara

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Art Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Chaucer's Bookstore
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Shoreline Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Cold Spring Tavern
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Santa Barbara

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History Museum
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
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Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Reagan Ranch Center
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Carriage & Western Art Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in Santa Barbara

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Winery / Vineyard
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Winery / Vineyard
Kunin Wines Tasting Room
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nightlife
The Red Piano
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Cal Coast Adventures
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Taxi / Shuttle
Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bike Tour
Santa Barbara Bikes To-Go
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

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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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