Sightseeing in Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara offers visitors a wide and varied range of sights to see. Spend the day in a museum learning about the city’s long history, or head over to the harbor for great food, drinks, and views. If trip planning isn’t your strong suit, let sightseeing tours like Eat This, Shoot That! or the Santa Barbara Trolley show you the best things to do in the area.
With something to pique everyone’s interests, Santa Barbara museums are perfect for family outings or group trips. Let your curiosity run wild and take a journey through time and space. Visit some of our favorite museums below:
Newly opened in 2017, MOXI is the first LEED Gold certified museum in Santa Barbara County. This hands-on science museum, ideal for kids and young adults, makes learning fun and exciting.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
One of the oldest cultural institutions in the city, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, is home to a vast archival collection of documents and artifacts that provide a deeper knowledge of the city’s long history.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
From land to sea to space, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will feed your need for knowledge. Visit the planetarium or explore the sea center; families will love this classic Santa Barbara attraction.
Popular Points of Interest
Santa Barbara has a unique blend of attractions perfect for families, history buffs and nature lovers alike. Explore some of our favorite sights near our hotels.
Santa Barbara Harbor
Enjoy a day near the water at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Featuring plenty of great local eats and fun outdoor activities, the harbor is an ideal place to get a sense of Santa Barbara’s culture.
Located on the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, Lotusland is a beautifully preserved botanical garden, showcasing a stunning collection of over 3,000 different plants from around the world.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Home to over 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects, the Santa Barbara Zoo is sure to show visitors an exciting and educational time.
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Founded in 1786, the Old Mission Santa Barbara is the city’s chief cultural and historic landmark and a can’t miss destination on any trip to the Central Coast.