Attractions
in Santa Barbara, CA (showing 1 - 12 out of 12)

The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!

East Beach

Santa Barbara, CA

(805) 963-0611

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Calling all sun worshipers! East Beach in Santa Barbara offers the hottest amenities available under the California sun. This beautiful sandy beach sports a lush park, beach house, snack bar and volleyball court to name just a few. Weekends often bring special events and stays at beachside hotels.

Ensemble Theatre Company

33 W Victoria St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Directions

(805) 965-5400

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See fairy tales come to life at the Ensemble’s Story Book Theatre. Children enjoy seeing their favorite childhood stories such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse and many others come alive on stage through music, puppets, and magical costumes and masks.

Lotusland

Cold Springs Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93180   Directions

(805) 969-9990

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Garden lovers will love the floral attractions at Lotusland! Discover a 37-acre estate and botanical garden blooming in the foothills of Montecito located moments from Santa Barbara. Stroll across miles of stone pathways surrounded by a multitude of magical gardens like the aloe garden, Australian garden, blue garden, butterfly garden, cacti garden and more.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105   Directions

(805) 682-4713

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Step back in time at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Discover a mission 200-years-old nestled between the magnificent Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Queen of the Missions, the historic landmark welcomes you to get lost in its breathtaking grounds, Spanish architecture, beautiful church and museum full of interesting exhibits and attractions.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company

32 E Haley St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Directions

(805) 884-9283

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Santa Barbara Adventure Company is extreme fun for everyone! Explore the city by land or sea with a company that offers coastal kayaking, bike tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, day hikes, and paragliding. Afterward, you’ll understand why the company is a number one attraction when it comes to exciting outdoor experiences.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105   Directions

(805) 682-4726

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Stop and smell the roses on a romantic date at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Take your special someone for a stroll on winding stone pathways through an array of whimsical gardens. Explore more than 1,000 rare and native plants across 65 acres in the city’s historic Mission Canyon. Ah, love is in bloom.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Directions

(805) 963-4364

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Canvass the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, recognized as one of the top 10 regional art museums in the nation. Situated in downtown Santa Barbara, art enthusiasts enjoy sauntering alongside nationally recognized collections of American, Asian, Impressionism and 20th-century art. The museum also houses the Constance and George Fearing Library.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Directions

(805) 962-2526

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Shark, Shark! The Ty Warner Sea Center offers a fun ocean adventure for the whole family. Get up close and personal to touch sharks at a live shark pool. Inch your way through a winding 1,500 gallon tide pool tank to see all kinds of ocean creatures, and engage in exciting hands-on marine education through the center's other interactive exhibits and attractions.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center

302 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Directions

(805) 962-2826

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Dock here for hours of family fun! The Santa Barbara Sailing Center offers hours of fun on the water through its unique cruise attractions and more. Discover ocean adventures for the whole family, from whale watching to sailboat charters to kayak rentals. Sign up for sailing instructions, guided kayak excursions, and public cruises.

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93103   Directions

(805) 962-5339

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Explore zoo-per fun for the whole family at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Set out on a wild adventure to see 500 amazing animals from lions to tigers to bears – oh my! Come monkey around at a 30-acre zoo that boasts awesome attractions and an ocean view, making it one of the most beautiful zoos in the world.

Stearns Wharf

219 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93109   Directions

(805) 564-5518

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Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara’s #1 tourist attraction! Bring the family to wander across along the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco for hours of shopping, dining and entertainment. Fish around here for hours of family fun that gets you hooked up with memories that will last a lifetime.

Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond

5925 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117   Directions

(805) 967-0128

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Roll on over to Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond for a different spin on bowling fun. Check out Glow Bowling where the alley is pitch black with the ceiling and lanes on fire with electric colors, and even your bowling gear glows too! Let the good times roll with fun, food and games at this attraction.

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