This beach is one of the hidden gems of Santa Barbara. Also known as Hendry's Beach for the family who once owned the land. Located in front of the Douglas Family Preserve at the end of Cliff Drive, it is both a dog leash and leash off beach with a good mile of sand to roam.
Many dolphins swim by daily, and while there, I saw a total of 14 dolphins playing in the ocean and swimming along the coast only about 30 yards out. The cliffs that back the beach help to keep the wind and cold off the sand. This beach offers great sunsets. There is a fresh water shower and restroom next to the free large parking lot. A restaurant, the BoatHouse, is located next to the sand. See my restaurant page for information on this restaurant.
This small lake, large pond is home to many water and land birds. I can remember going to this pond when I was only a small child with my parents, who used to feed the ducks on the north side of the pond. It is a warm memory that I have, seeing my parents get such joy out of feeding the wildlife of Santa Barbara.
I have taken my children to the same spot to feed the ducks and only trust that they will have the same memories of this wonderful refuge. Located at 1400 E. Cabrillo Blvd. , it is a great walking area for the entire family, especially during a sunny Santa Barbara day.
Take a scenic drive through the countryside covered with vineyards and wineries, made famous in the movie "Sideways". Enjoy the rolling hills of the nearby San Ynez, made infamous for Michael Jacksons Neverland Ranch. Feast your eyes on fields of flowers and golden valleys shaded with native scrub oak just outside of Santa Barbara. See the web site below for maps.
Douglas Family Preserve offers beautiful vistas of prime South California coast, a very short drive from Santa Barbara. There are some nice walking trails and is quite popular with locals out walking their dogs or pushing baby carriages. We had spent our first day in town washing our very deserving car and getting an oil change, along with having a nice lunch on our host's balcony. But when the sun was getting low in the sky, Ernst, a photographer himself and knowing I'd like to get some nice pictures, whisked us off here. As you can see, he was quite right.
This was neat to find out along our trolley tour the history about this interesting structure that obviously caught my attention. Fess Parkers Double Tree Resort was the site for two locomotive roundhouses of the Southern Pacific Railroads from 1911-1925, in 1925 an earthquake damaged it, but it was refurbished in 1926 and served till 1961. Diesel power replaced the steam locomotives and the structure was eventually demolished by the resort, but the plaza holds the shape of the once historic structure.
Located right on Green and Cabrillo Blvd, which follows the beach shore line. This little park has a play yard, pavilion, sidewalks, benches, restrooms, and lots of shade to enjoy the local weather. The have, which caught my attention was the wonderful carrousel. It is the center piece for that park.
I guess I had never seen a live Ostrich or Emu and I found this delightful farm by accident on the way to Solvang. Entertaining critters and the little shop offers interesting souvenirs made of Ostrich and Ostrich egg shells.- but I did not have the heart to buy anything made of ostrich even though purchases probably support the live ones;(
You like the old wild west movies? Well then Santa Ynez valley is the place you otta be and it's civil enough to take the kids.
Wine tasting, tour the old saloons or go horseback riding in the hills and you will feel like a real cowboy(girl) in no time a'toll. Home to a few famous folks like Bo Derek and Cheryl Tiegs
The Morton Bay Fig Tree is 70 ft tall and the trunk is 30 ft around or more and spans 160 feet wide. It was planted in 1874 from a little seed brought from all the way from Australia. Its one of the main attraction along the SB Trolley Tours.
I don't know about you, but I enjoy city art. It is everywhere in this lovely city. Bronze statues are the best way to preserve art. Down in the La Arcada shopping mall that is tucked away, has some of the most beautiful scultpures. So make the time to check them out. Also on the way to the musuem I caught a glimpse of a lovely statue tucked away in the corner. So make sure to look around, because you never know where they might be locationed at.
Solvang is predominantly a Danish community with what it calls "Quaint Old World" style. Lots of cute shops and eateries. Beware, however that Solvang runs about 20 degrees warmer than Santa Barbara despite only being about 30 miles inland. It was quite a shock, expecting the mild 70's like Santa Barbara, and finding instead a humid 90 degrees.
Sculpted by famed artist Harry Jackson in 1980, but unvieled in 1985. This beautiful sculpture is of Sakajawea, the Shoshone Native American woman who helped Lewis & Clark explore the west. It depicts her strength and pride. She is carrying her young son on her back.
It kind of sits back from the street and kind of shaded, so you can easily miss it. So please look for it, because it is really lovely in person.
Located on the corner of State and Victoria Street.
Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
924 Anacapa Street, Ste. 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Barbara has some of the most beautiful fountains all over the town. The Dolphin fountain is even lovelier close up, as well as the fountain located at the mission, and in La Arcada shopping mall. Just take the time to stroll around the dowtown area and the wharf and you will be able to see a couple of them.
Local vineyards offer wine tasting and vineyard tours. The wine is quite good at the vineyards I sampled and the variety of ways to see the vineyards is entertaining in and of itself. The Rideau Vineyard was my personal favorite- loved the wine and the southern flair not to mention the grounds are quite beautiful.
See the famous Dolphins statue at the Wharf at the end of State Street by Sculptor 'Bud' Bottoms.
Eat at Summerland's Big Yellow House, a real antique. Also go to antique stores in the area.
Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Walk up and down State Street to the top beach on the west coast (accord. to topbeaches.com)
See the Magnificent Courthouse and the SB Mission and quaint ally-way of stores - Paseo del Nuevo.