Courthouse

Santa Barbara Beach
Rating: A+ for walk-around history, beauty, and education
Ages: Toddler to adult
Directions: Santa Barbara Street at Anapamu Street. Take 101 North, exit Carrillo Street and turn toward the mountains. Turn left on Santa Barbara Street. Go two blocks; it’s a whole city block on your left at 1100 Anacapa Street.
Contact: 962-6464
Season: Docent-led tours, Mondays through Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays also at 10:30 a.m. The 85’ tower is open weekdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tours are free. It’s great even without the tower or tour!

One of the most magnificent, and most-photographed structures in the United States. This is a must-see in Santa Barbara. The courthouse was completed about 1929 at the height of enthusiasm for the Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture. It continues to function today as the county courthouse. Surrounded by lawns and tropical gardens, it houses hand-painted ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, and imported tiles. Note, for visual and historic interest, the old jail building, the law library, and former supervisors’ meeting room. Huge murals depict the history of the area. Weddings take place in the large garden on a no-reservation basis; sometimes there are more than one at a time! Go to the top of the tower for the best 360-degree view of Santa Barbara. Read the plaques on the walls for true history! Visit at night and check out the definition of good exterior lighting.
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:
arroyohondo@sblandtrust.org
(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
964-3540

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.
www.elingspark.org

S.B. Maritime Museum: Free!
3rd Thursday of the month
805-962-8404/www.sbmm.org

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

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Free admission every Sunday
805-963-4364/www.sbma.net

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
www.oceanducks.com
(805) 637-8331

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