Santa Barbara Trolley

Santa Barbara Old Town Trolley
Rating: A for information, open-air, ability to get off and ride later
Ages: 4 (if you only do half of it at a sitting) to adult
Directions: Call for directions to trolley stop
nearest you
Contact: 965-0353 or www.sbtrolley.com
Season: Not recommended on rainy or cold days
Only San Francisco does a better red trolley! The Santa Barbara Old Town Trolley Company offers fully narrated 90-minute tours of Santa Barbara and Montecito. It looks touristy, but it’s interesting even for locals. Drivers tell the history of Santa Barbara and even point out houses of world amous celebrities in the area. It’s open-air so children love the wind
in their hair, and adults love the information. It starts at Stearns Wharf, then stops at Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse at East Beach,
Montecito Inn, Butterfly Beach/Four Seasons Biltmore, the zoo, and Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. It continues with the Visitor Center, Franciscan Inn, the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, State & De La Guerra, the Mission, Simpson House Inn (the only five-star property in the City of Santa Barbara), and the County Courthouse. The great thing about this tour is even though it’s only 90 minutes long, you can make a day of it, getting off for brunch at East Beach Grill for example, and taking the next trolley behind it. You can get off and visit the zoo and get on a later trolley. You can picnic in the Mission rose garden at the halfway point, and continue after lunch. Last departure from the Mission is at 5 p.m.
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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