Things to do in Santa Barbara

Below are all the adventures in Chapter 1, "The Top Ten." Click to see excerpts from the guide. This chapter is for first-time visitors or those new to the area, and details the most-frequented, well-known attractions. The essence of the book, however, is in under-the-radar educational expeditions, and they're highlighted beginning in Chapter 2, "Under Your Nose", and Chapter 3, "Secrets of the Santa Barbarians." Other "hidden" and popular explorations are listed in the remaining chapters such as "Come Ye to the Waters", "NOT Just a Park", "Splurge!", "Rainy? Dark? Cold?", "Chow Fun", "Trail Mix", "Get Outta Town!", "Camping" and "Festivals & Events." Finally, don't overlook the epic "Odds & Ends" chapter for something completely new and different!

Kid's World



Stearns Wharf

Ty Warner Sea Center

Land & Sea Tours

Santa Barbara Old Town Trolley

South Coast Railroad Museum

El Presidio State Historic Park

Santa Barbara Zoo

Newest Activities

Santa Barbara Solstice Parade

Upcoming Activities

Calendar of Events

Sierra Club Flashlight Hike
+-3 miles, 6 p.m. Fridays
Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna Street
Free, 685-2145

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Tour
First Saturday, third Sunday
Hike Tour, 10-Noon, open til 4
Reservations required:
(805) 567-1115
Camino Real Bike Moves (all ages)
Bicycle downtown at night!
First Tuesday of the month
9:30 p.m. De La Guerra Plaza
(805) 455-8957

Free Rides Wed. & 1st Friday!
South Coast Railroad Museum
1-4 p.m. Wed. through Sun.
300 N. Los Carneros

Art Workshops
Art From Scrap
10 a.m. Saturdays, $6.00
302 E. Cota St., 884-0459

Remote-Control Car Races
11:30 a.m. every Sunday
Elings Park, Free! All ages!
1298 Las Positas Rd.

S.B. Maritime Museum: Free!
3rd Thursday of the month

Museum of Natural History
Free admission
3rd Sunday of the month
(805) 682-4711

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Free admission every Sunday

Ocean Ducks (polar bears)
Any ages, any suits, welcome!
9 a.m. every Sunday with
Post-swim potluck breakfast
Butterfly Beach, north stairs
Noon, Mon./Wed./Fri. at
shower near Beachside Cafe
Goleta Beach
(805) 637-8331

Drum Circle
Listen or participate!
4 p.m. Saturdays, all ages
Chase Palm Park
(805) 967-9956