Santa Barbara is home to miles of public beaches to explore. Highlights include: Hendry’s Beach, East Beach, West Beach, Butterfly Beach and Miramar Beach.
Near lower State Street and the waterfront, this 13-block neighborhood is home to some of the city's best restaurants, wine tasting rooms, breweries, cafes, galleries and boutiques.
A food-lovers paradise, Santa Barbara is home to a diverse group of innovative chefs and craft mixologists offering up a wide variety of cuisines with plenty of casual outdoor dining options.
Founded in 1786, the Santa Barbara Mission and is the ideal picnic spot. Pick up a pizza from Lucky Penny or food to go from the Public Market and enjoy the sunset or lunch in the rose garden.
The SB Zoo is home to 146 species from mammals to birds and inspects with ocean and mountain views. For families, it is a must-see in Santa Barbara. Tour takes two hours.
Inspiration Point, Seven Falls, Rattlesnake Trail, Gaviota Peak, and Tunnel Trail are local favorites. Download the All-Trails app so see recent reviews and difficulty level of all these amazing hikes.
From local shops to national brands and indie boutiques, Downtown Santa Barbara offers an authentic shopping experience. Enjoy a casual stroll or have fun just people watching.
Located on Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is an interactive aquarium offering encounters with marine animals from the Santa Barbara channel.
Local courses include: Santa Barbara Municipal Course, Glennie Annie, Sandpiper, Sol Park in Ojai, Alisal River Course in Solvang, La Purisima (championship-caliber course).
Explore the beaches or backcountry on horseback: El Capitan Canyon, Captain Jack’s Tours & Events, Los Padres Outfitters, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
Venture down to the Santa Barbara Sailing Center to charter a sailboat with a captain for the afternoon, go paddle boarding or kayaking. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Cal Coast Adventures offers surfboard, paddle board, kayak rentals and surf lessons. SB Bikes To Go and E-Bikes offers bike rentals including a variety of bikes to choose from.
Just a 45-minute drive from Santa Barbara takes you into the picturesque rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley with over 250 wineries to choose from. Blessed by prime grape growing conditions and fertile soils, the Santa Barbara wine region produces a range of varietals, including Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Rhone (Syrah and Grenache) and Bordeaux (Cabernet and Merlot), plus other Italian and Spanish varieties such as Barbera, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.
Here are just a few of the notable producers in the region: Dragonette, Stoplman, Zaca Mesa, Rusack, Fess Parker, Foley, Gainey, Alma Rosa, Sanford, Foxen, Beckman, Cambria and Kunin.
There are lots of wineries in town, too. There are close to 30 wineries offering tasting experiences in town and in the Funk Zone, including: Margerum, Pali Wine Co, Melville, Area 51, Carr, J Wilkes and Municipal Winemakers.