Santa Barbara Activities
If you poll the locals, they always site Butterfly Beach and Hendry’s Beach as the two favorites (which means that they’re also popular). Butterfly Beach is in Montecito, directl ...
750 Hearst Castle Rd., San Simeon
It’s said that when William Randolph Hearst had architect Julia Morgan design this castle for him it wasn’t so that he could furnish a castle with his art collection, but so that ...
Inspiration Point: Tunnel Rd. & Mission Rd. | Lizard's Mouth: West Camino Ciel Rd.
Inspiration Point is a relatively short hike that doesn’t require a huge climb, making it a good option for kids—as its name suggests, there’s pay-off for making it to the top, ...
695 Ashley Rd., Montecito
A truly unique botanical garden founded by singer turned botanical gardener Ganna Walska. She bought the property in 1941 and over the years transformed it with the help of several world-ren ...
Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna St., Mission Canyon
A true Santa Barbara landmark, this historic building, 10-acre garden, active parish, and mausoleum, is still home to a group of Franciscan friars as it was when it was built by the Spanish ...
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Mission Canyon
For nearly a century, these gardens have been preserving and celebrating California’s endemic plant life, which spans over 78 acres, thanks to numerous gifts of land over the years. It ...
Santa Barbara Rock Gym
322 State St., Lower State
“Our friends, who have kids with similar ages to ours, took us to this fantastic rock climbing place for an afternoon of fun. That’s Moses on the wall…” – GP
Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Dr., Waterfront
Located on 30 acres of botanic gardens overlooking the ocean, this is one of the most beautiful zoos, housing 500 animals in faithfully recreated natural habitats. Programs like “Backstage ...
West Wind Drive In
907 S. Kellogg Ave., Goleta
Go old school at this drive-in with double feature movies almost every night. Photo: Brian Birzer
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