Santa Barbara Things to Do

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  • 1. State Street

    State Street has an eclectic mix of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. I noticed it getting a bit noisy and rowdy around 9pm which, depending on your mood, could enhance or debase your holiday...

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  • 2. Santa Barbara Mission

    The Mission is an absolute treat to see. The signature mark of Santa Barbara, it's the staple in every tourists plans. The rose garden across the street is a great place to picnic, play games or just...

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  • 3. Stearns Wharf

    A must for the visit to check out the beach area is a promenade along Stearn's Wharf. There are a few restaurants on here and a few shops to boot including a confectioners where I purchased some...

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  • 4. Santa Barbara Courthouse

    Don't expect me to write down what we may learn in the official page of the courthouse. I only tell you my great impression about the building. In a country where the attempts to copy European...

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  • 5. Santa Barbara Zoo

    The Santa Barbara Zoo is very charming, has great views and perfect for families. Sadly, my faorite, crooked neck giraffe, named Janine, has passed away recently. According to the zoo keeper, she was...

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  • 6. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch

    Neverland Ranch is amazing. Regardless of how you feel about Michael Jackson, he is an absolute legend. His music has changed lives, and inspired many. Anyway, the ranch is positively beautiful and it...

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  • 7. Santa Barbara State Historic Park

    Located up the moutain of Santa Barbara is located a wonderful piece of history being preserved. It is one of few places you can still see paintings of the Chumash Native Amerians who lived is this...

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  • 8. Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

    The Botanical Gardens is a great excuse to escape the city and venture into the mountains. It's a wonderful to just walk through and see all the nature surrounding this beautiful town. The views are...

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  • 9. Flora & Fauna

    Freezing from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we had in Santa Barbara the best contact with sub-tropical weather and flora. We didn't see any large garden or park (we only had a couple of hours to the...

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  • 10. Santa Barbara Museum of Art

    I really enjoy visiting the Santa Barbara Museum of Art whenever I am in town. Beautiful in general, I have never not once not enjoy an exhibit. The last one I was able to visit was their tribute to...

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  • 11. Alice Keck Memorial Gardens

    It's one of the best kept secrets of Santa Barbara. If you're not looking for it you won't find it. Located off the beaten path to most tourists, The gardens has a wonderful pond with great fish and...

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  • 12. Forget the promenade, hit the town

    A trip out form Santa Barbara we spent the day in Ventura. The sand is great, the sea tremendous if a tad too cool for my liking. We spent the best part of the...

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  • 13. Head inland

    After a 3 mornings of waking up to grey sea mist and the cool sea air we decided to head inland for a bit of morning warmth. We headed north along the 154, over...

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  • 14. Gaviota State Park

    This is 33 miles from Santa Barbara along highway 101. We dropped off here on our way back from Solvang for a late afternoon dip. The beach was very pleasant,...

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  • 15. Wine Tasting

    If you like wine, you should visit the Santa Barbara wine country. Only 45 minute drive from Santa Brabara, you are able to find a plethora of wineries in Santa...

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  • 16. Sailing

    I would recommend chartering a sail boat, but I would not recommend taking the sailboat out to whale watch. We didn't realize how far from shore you have to go...

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  • 17. Santa Barbara Bowl

    If there is a show playing at the Santa Barbara Bowl, it's a great venue! About 1/4 the size of the Hollywood Bowl, it feels much more intimate feeling. If...

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  • 18. Beach at my scale

    Santa Barbara was, for us, the most appealing beach in USA. A good stripe of sand, a calm sea, an organized and well maintained shore and lots of shops and...

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  • 19. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

    Located down in Santa Barbara's Harbor is the Maritime Museum. It was closed by the time we got to the harbor, but I am sure it is neat. I love places like...

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  • 20. Santa Barbara Harbor

    There are a couple of restaurants here such as Brophy's Bros, Chucks Waterfront Grill and the Maritime Museum. Other than that it is mostly where the boats...

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  • 21. Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge ~Wells Fargo 30

    While on our little adventure from the tavern, we noticed these signs, so we followed one. It lead us to a spot where you can see the underbelly of the Cold...

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  • 22. Ojai Jail 1873

    Ojai jail was built by then Constable Andrew Van Curen in 1873. When the town replaced Van Curen, he wouldn't let them keep the wooden jail. So they replaced it...

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  • 23. Cold Spring Tavern 1868

    The plaque reads: In 1868 this tavern was known as "Cold Springs Relay Station". It was the half way stop between "Mattel's Tavern" to the north, and Patrick...

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  • 24. Arts & Craft Show

    Arts and Craft Show happen to be going on that day and we took a stroll looking and admiring what the local talent created of many wonderful paintings and...

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  • 25. Local Wineries

    There are numerous wineries nearby Santa Barbara. They are open to the public, with wine tasting opportunities at each one. In addition to the wine, the...

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