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99 Uniquely Santa Barbara Experiences

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99 Uniquely Santa Barbara Experiences

Attractions, Arts & Culture

1.Stroll Stearns Wharf, the oldest working wharf in California

2. Climb to the top of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Clock Tower

3. Visit the Santa Barbara Mission, named the Queen of the Missions

4. Explore the Theatre District, including the historic Granada and Arlington Theatres

5. See the World’s Largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree

6. Take photos on the Spanish Tile Steps at Paseo Nuevo

7. Find all the street murals in the Funk Zone

8. Partake in Jeff Sheldon’s Architecture Walking Tour

9. Explore the Historic Presidio Neighborhood

10. Listen to Live Music at Cold Spring Tavern on Sundays

11. Enjoy exhibits at the Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art

12. Embark on the Red Tile Roof Walking Tour

13. Wander the Carriage and Western Art Museum

14. Join a Free Guided Historical Walking Tour

15. Discover the nightlife on State St. each evening

16. Take the Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

17. Have a photoshoot at the famous Rainbow Arch

18. Overlook the Santa Barbara Harbor from SBCC Garvin Theatre

19. Visit UCSB’s Art, Design, and Architecture Museum

What's Nearby

Santa Barbara Hotel Group
3850 State Street, CA, 93105, USA
Phone: (805) 687-5511

Outdoor Activities, Parks & Flora

20. Go bird watching at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

21. Soak in Little Caliente Hot Springs in Los Padres National Forest

22. Find the historic ruins at Knapp’s Castle

23. Go Tidepooling at Carpinteria State Beach

24. Meditate at the Sacred Space in Summerland

25. Boulder at Lizard’s Mouth

26. Walk the Coast at Ellwood Bluffs

27. Visit the koi pond at Alice Keck Park

28. Enjoy a Sunset from Douglas Family Preserve

29. Visit the Carpinteria Seal Rookery

30. Enjoy the view from Gibraltar Road

31. Whale Watch from Shoreline Park

32. Go Fishing at Stearn’s Wharf

33. Stargaze at Butterfly Beach

34. Barbecue and Picnic at Leadbetter Beach

35. Walk the breakwater around the Santa Barbara Harbor

36. Explore the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

37. Hike the Nature Trails at Ellings Park

38. Search for Wildflowers at the Carpinteria Bluffs

39. Take a secluded dip at Gaviota Hot Springs

Food & Wine

40. Taste Olive Oil at the Public Market

41. Eat your way through the Taco Trail

42. Stroll our year-round Farmer’s Markets each Tuesday and Saturday

43. Go to a coffee cupping at the French Press

44. Visit the 24 Blackbirds Chocolate Retail Store

45. Picnic at the Mission Rose Garden

46. Tour Fairview Gardens

47. Shop Local Goods at Tri-County Produce or Lazy Acres

48. Learn about coffee roasting at Handlebar on De La Vina

49. Play Bocci Ball at Pure Order Brewery

50. Attend Trivia Night at the SB Public Market each Wednesday

51. Sample Ice Cream at McConnel’s Creamery

52. Join nightly “therapy” at SB Wine Therapy

Unique Shopping

53. Visit Chaucer’s Book store

54. Find Santa Barbara’s Mobile Boutique

55. Wander the purveyors at the Santa Barbara Public Market

56. Visit the world-famous Channel Islands Surf Boards Shop

57. Browse the shops of Paseo Nuevo and La Cumbre Plaza

58. Go antique shopping in Summerland

59. Breathe in the salty air at SALT SB

60. Browse records at Warbler Goods

61. Explore the quaint paseo of La Arcada

62. Window shop the upscale boutiques on Coast Village Road

63. Get creative and visit Art From Scrap

Sports & Recreation

64. Climb the steps at Mesa Lane

65. Do yoga at Summerland Beach Park

66. Play frisbee golf at Westmont College

67. Bike the Mountain Drive Loop

68. Surf at world famous Rincon Point

69. Play tennis at Municipal Tennis Courts

70. Rollerblade along the waterfront

71. Play volleyball among olympians at East Beach

72. Hike to Inspiration Point

73. Swim at Santa Claus Beach

74. Work out with the outdoor equipment at Cabrillo Park

75. Join a free yoga session each Sunday at Leadbetter Beach

76. Learn self-defense with a free intro class at Santa Barbara Krav Maga

Family Activities

77. Ride a Skate Board at Skater’s Point

78. Walk the Labyrinth at UCSB or Trinity Episcopal Church

79. Visit “Kid’s World” at Alice Keck Memorial Park

80. Fly a kite at West Beach

81. Hammock between the Palms off Cabrillo Blvd.

82. Build Sand Castles at Leadbetter Beach

Enjoy Amenities at Our Hotels

83. Make Smores at the Firepit at the BW Plus Pepper Tree Inn

84. Sunbathe on the rooftop deck at the Brisas Del Mar

85. Check out the Bird Aviary at the BW Plus Pepper Tree Inn

86. Enjoy Complimentary wine and cheese at the Inn by the Harbor

87. Take our Complimentary Beach Cruisers for a Ride around the Lavender Inn by the Sea.

Free Events & Local  Festivals

88. Explore the Cabrillo Arts & Crafts show each Sunday

89. Join the First Thursday Free Art Walk

90. Attend Nite Moves, a Family Friendly 5k, each Wednesday in the Summer

91. Listen to Live Music at Chase Palm Park each Thursday in July

92. Watch an Outdoor Movie at the Courthouse each Friday in July

93. Go green at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in June

94. Attend Summer Solstice Celebrations in June

95. Try Avocado Ice Cream at Carpinteria’s Avocado Festival

96. Enjoy the carnival at the Goleta Lemon Festival in September.

97. Eat a croissant at the French Festival in July.

98. Explore Mediterranean flavors and flair at the Greek Festival.

99. Join in Fiesta Celebrations with music and dancing each August

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