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What to See & Do in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cota Street and Santa Barbara Street, Tuesdays 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (winter) or 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (summer), 500-700 blocks of State Street

A myriad of fresh produce, homemade breads and lively local entertainment are available weekly at the Farmers Market.


A bird's-eye view of Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California

Circle Bar B Guest Ranch
1800 Refugio Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117

Countless hands-on activities like horseback riding, exploring or hiking, as well as indoor entertainment including pool, table tennis or even just lounging by the fire.

El Presidio de Santa Barbara
State Historic Park

123 East Canon Perdido
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Presidio was founded on April 21, 1782, as the last of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California. Its function was to protect the mission against Indian attacks and was the seat of government.

Address provided upon making a reservation.

This private estate once belonged to Madame Ganna Walska and today holds a botanic garden that covers 37 acres in the Montecito foothills.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Visit beautiful exhibits of native California plants, and learn about the history and conservation.

Santa Barbara Hikes
Great hiking and biking trails can be found in Santa Barbara and close-by Montecito.

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
(season mid-March through mid-Oct.)
3375 Foothill Rd.
Carpinteria, CA

Take part in the "sport of kings," whether by watching a match, playing or taking lessons.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center
133 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

At the Sailing Center, visitors can sign up for charters, rentals, private and public cruises and kayaking. Check for seasonal whale watching, too.

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

The Santa Barbara Zoo houses over 500 animals on 30 acres of lush botanic gardens overlooking East Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

SB Heli Tours
Santa Barbara Airport
404 Moffett Pl.
Goleta, CA 93117

See Santa Barbara from the skies. Choose from different tour packages, from economy to luxury pricing, which include the city, the coast, wine country, Neverland Ranch and the Channel Islands National Park with whale watching.

Stearns Wharf
Cabrillo Boulevard at State Street

One of the most popular areas in Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf is home to shops, restaurants and the Ty Warner Sea Center.

Ty Warner Sea Center
211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and located at Stearns Wharf, the Ty Warner Sea Center is a great educational venue about marine life and the Channel Islands.


Shiatsu Rincon
7104 Gobernador Canyon Rd.
Carpinteria, CA 93193
By appointment only

Rejuvenate with Shiatsu massage at this lovely Japanese bathhouse and massage center.


The gardens at Casa del Herrero in Santa Barbara, California

Casa de la Guerra
9 E. de la Guerra St.
Santa Barbara, CA

Built in the early nineteenth century by the fifth Presidio comandante, José de la Guerra, the house has been at the center of Santa Barabra since 1782.

Casa del Herrero

1387 East Valley Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

Take a peek into the lifestyle of the rich and famous of yesteryear by strolling the charming gardens of this Spanish Colonial Revival architectural gem.

Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Built in 1786, the mission is still the destination for many local and visiting church-goers.


Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
653 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Experience refreshing contemporary art at this Santa Barbara museum.

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Formerly a U.S. Navy training facility from 1942 until 1995, the building is now the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum where visitors can attend lecture series, learn about marine science and more.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Combine the relaxing atmosphere of Santa Barbara with art where guests can peruse more than 27,000 works on display.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The numerous exhibits encompass the fields of anthropology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, library archives and art from the Natural History Art Gallery. Don't forget about the Marine Center where you can touch live specimens.


Center Stage Theatre
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This intimate black box theater hosts weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies.

Lobero Theatre
33 E. Canon Perdido
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Get cultural at Lobero with performances of modern dance, ballet, jazz, lectures and classical music.

The Music Academy of the West

1070 Fairway Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

The music school hosts marvelous classical picnic concerts during the summer. Throughout the year, their antique shop, The Treasure House, is a nice excuse to see the beautiful grounds of this former estate.


For more information, contact the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission at 800-676-1266, 805-966-9222, or visit the official website


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