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Santa Barbara City Trip - Attractions

Mission Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful and well-kept of the California missions
Mission Santa Barbara

What to See & Do in Santa Barbara

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Santa Barbara.



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.


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 is a well-preserved example of an 18th-century Spanish fortress
El Presidio de Santa Barbara

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.
Reservations 805-969-9990
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 of local flora.

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, that 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.

Scenic views and local wildlife can be found in the hills above Santa Barbara

Great hiking and biking trails can be found in Santa Barbara and close-by Montecito. For information on the best trails, visit

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.


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 Barbara's civic and social life since then.

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 is one of the area's most iconic attractions
Mission Santa Barbara

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 in picturesque Santa Barbara.

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 learn about marine life.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Combine the relaxing atmosphere of Santa Barbara with a cultural experience at the SBMA.

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.

The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara hosts musical performances and lectures
Lobero Theater

Lobero Theatre
33 E. Canon Perdido
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Get cultural at Lobero with performances of modern dance, ballet, jazz, lectures, classical music, opera and contemporary music performances.

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, 800-676-1266, 805-966-9222,

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