Social Distancing Activities in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is the perfect summer destination for outdoor activities, alfresco dining and more! We’ve compiled a list of this summer’s top social distancing friendly activities.

Kayak, SUP, or Sail on the Water

The Santa Barbara waterfront’s iconic Riviera views are best enjoyed on the water. Visit Santa Barbara Sailing Center at the harbor to rent hourly kayaks, SUPS, or splurge and enjoy a private sailing charter.

Hike along the coast or mountains

We’ve compiled our favorite hikes in Santa Barbara, here. If you would like to add more to our list, leave a comment below.

Visit the State St. Pedestrian Promenade

From now until at least Labor Day, beloved State Street in downtown is functioning as a pedestrian promenade. Many restaurants have extended outdoor seating for a safe and fun al fresco dining experience.

Catch a movie at the Goleta Drive In

Drive in theaters are making a comeback! Plan early to get access to one of the Goleta location’s two showings each night.

Picnic at the iconic Mission Rose Garden

All summer long, locals and visitors alike enjoy the gorgeous 121 unique blossoms found in the Mission Rose Garden. Pack a blanket, pick up wine from a local winery, and charcuterie from C’est Cheese to enjoy a picture-perfect summer moment.

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Watch a sunset from Shoreline Park

Perched on a cliff right on the coast and overlooking the entire iconic waterfront, Shoreline Park is a can’t miss attraction. Be sure to follow the steps down the cliffside to enjoy one of the more private beaches in town,

BBQ at Leadbetter Beach

Very few things beat oceanfront dining. While we are lucky to have wonderful oceanfront dining in Santa Barbara (think Brophy Bros and the Boathouse) – this option requires no shoes and is even more friendly on the wallet. Put your feet in the sand and pack your favorite beer and grill items.