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Things To Do in Santa Barbara

With beautiful beaches, wonderful shopping and dining, and world-class wineries, Santa Barbara is a breathtaking destination for romance or family fun. 

Explore Santa Barbara Attractions

There is plenty to do in Santa Barbara! Explore the picture-perfect Stearns Wharf and vibrant State Street to find exceptional shopping and dining. Coast Village Inn is located within walking distance to several local restaurants as well. The whole family will enjoy visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo or discovering California history at the Old Mission. You can also enjoy a wine tasting journey through the Santa Ynez Wine Country and have a picnic overlooking the rolling vineyards and mountains. The choice is all yours. Area attractions include:

Hotel near Stern’s Warf

219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California, 93109

Feel the ocean breeze in your hair and the sunshine on your face as you wander this historic pier, originally built in 1872. Today, this California wharf is home to casual and fine dining restaurants, unique shops, and beautiful views. Enjoy a cold cocktail with a backdrop of the Pacific, fish off the historic Stearns Wharf, or explore the shops.

Old Mission

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93105

Founded in 1786 by Franciscan monks, this historic mission is an active church and important historical site. Many of the original structures still exist, including an extensive water treatment system built by Chumash natives. Sign up for a guided tour to explore the museum and beautiful grounds, which include La Huerta historic gardens. Old Mission Santa Barbara also features a cemetery, mausoleum, and gift shop.

State Street

651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, California, 93101

Lined with palm trees, this street is popular entertainment district featuring shopping, dining, and art galleries. From fine dining restaurants and casual cafés to art galleries and souvenir shops, you'll find an eclectic array of attractions along State Street.

Santa Barbara Zoo 

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, California, 93103

This 30-acre attraction is one of the best small zoos in the nation. Discover more than 600 animals, including giraffes, California condors, lions, gorillas, meerkats, tortoises, elephants, and penguins. Fun activities include daily animal feedings, along with fun rides on a narrow gauge train pulled by a pair of historic steam locomotives.

Wine Country

Enjoy a relaxing wine country tour of the vines, casks, wineries, and tasting rooms of this breathtaking region that encompasses Foxen Canyon, Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Santa Rita Hills, and the Wine Ghetto. Spanning more than 50 miles, the San Ynez Wine Country is one of California’s most popular winery areas.


Santa Barbara’s unique location between the Pacific Ocean and the San Ynez mountains results in some truly spectacular beaches. Whether you are looking for a private place to relax or a busy surfing beach, there are plenty of beaches to choose from.

Visit the Funk Zone

The Funk Zone is Santa Barbara’s best hidden gem. This walkable artistic area is home to many local artists, galleries, breweries, and wineries.

Local Events

Santa Barbara’s mild weather makes it a popular location to host local events and festivals. From the Bacon and Barrel festival featuring bacon food items and barrel-aged beverages to the December Light Parade, there is truly an event for everyone no matter what time of year you visit.

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