Santa Barbara Adventures and Activities
Discover California's breathtaking Central Coast offering an abundance of outdoor adventures. Whether you enjoy whale watching in the harbor, hiking our many scenic trails and parks, or hitting the fairways, you'll find endless outdoor activities in Santa Barbara to renew your spirit.
Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most pristine beaches. Catch some waves, soak up the sun, and relax in the sand during your stay. Visit our favorite Santa Barbara beaches, including East Beach, Butterfly Beach, and Leadbetter Beach - just minutes away from our hotels.
The Santa Barbara Channel is home to more than 30 species of whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters, and sea lions that visit throughout the year. Hop aboard the Condor Express, one of the most advanced whales watching boats on the West Coast, for an amazing tour. Take photos from the scenic observation deck or relax in the cozy indoor seating.
Spend a sunny California afternoon boating and sailing in the Pacific Ocean. You'll find local charters and rentals from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and Sunset Kidd Sailing, which offer boat and sailing cruises, kayaking trips, and whale watching experiences. Book the Seashore Cruise and Soother Package for an unforgettable day on the ocean.
Be swept away by Santa Barbara's coastal beauty on our spectacular hiking trails and paths. You'll find many routes with varying levels of difficulty, all of which promise heady memories and rigorous exercise. Pack your sense of adventure and explore the best hikes in Santa Barbara.
Rising 1,800 feet above the Santa Barbara coast, Inspiration Point wows hikers with panoramic city and sea views. Take San Roque Road to the Jesusita Trail for an 8-mile trek or take the Tunnel Trail to Jesusita for a 3.75-mile hike.
Parks & Recreation
Experience the splendor of the outdoors in Santa Barbara, California. Discover Santa Barbara County Parks with hiking and equestrian trails, beaches, and open spaces for recreation. Explore the Los Padres National Forest, with the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes in California. This mountainous park is the perfect spot for hiking, scenic driving, OHV riding, fishing, snow play, beach walks, picnics, and rock climbing.
Santa Barbara is a world-class golf destination with spectacular courses that showcase sweeping views and the beauty of the California coast. Pack your clubs and tee off one some of our favorite golf courses in Santa Barbara, just minutes from our family of hotels.
Play this stunning 18-hole course in the Santa Barbara foothills. Glen Annie features panoramic ocean views, a driving range, a practice area, a clubhouse, and an award-winning bar and grill. Book your stay with our Tee and Sea Golf Package and enjoy a spectacular round at Glen Annie Golf Course.
Santa Barbara, California 93117 405 Glen Annie Road
Phone: (805) 968-6400
Playing over 1,118 yards of lush greens overlooking the mountains. Hidden Oaks is one of the most popular courses in Santa Barbara. This scenic 9-hole, par-27 course is perfect for a short round between meetings or a fun day on the fairways.
Phone: (805) 967-3493
One of the more challenging Santa Barbara golf courses, Sand Piper's ocean and mountain views enchant throughout your game. Play one of the top 25 public golf courses in California and top 100 public courses in the country. With 7000 yards and a championship rating of 75.1, this course tests even the pros.
Phone: (805) 968-1541
Enjoy fun water sports and outdoor adventure on the California coast. Go scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, and standup paddleboarding in the Pacific Ocean or set off on a getaway to Santa Barbara's off-shore islands.
- Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours & Events
- Truth Aquatics
- Surf Happens Premier Surf School
There is no better way to experience our coastal city than by bike. Take a self-guided tour and rent bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals and the Santa Barbara Adventure Company and discover scenic paths and vistas.
Book the Car Free Experience Package at Brisas Del Mar, Lavender Inn by the Sea, and Inn by the Harbor with complimentary beach cruiser bikes to get around.
Horseback Riding and Polo
Go horseback riding through beautiful Southern California landscapes at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch. Experience the elegance of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club at a polo match or take lessons to learn the game.