Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf
Rating: A for Fun Zone; plenty of options! Ages: Toddlers up
Directions: State Street at Cabrillo Boulevard. 101 exit at Garden, turn toward the ocean, turn right on Cabrillo to the pier.
Contact: 682-4711 for information about the Sea Center
Season: Year-round, but generally the warmer, the better, 7 a.m. – midnight.

You could spend hours out here! This 1900-foot long wharf was originally build by a Vermont native in 1876 to accommodate ships. It’s the oldest wooden working pier on the West Coast. Through the years, several fires burnt at least part of the Wharf – the most recent was a spectacular blaze in 1998. The Ty Warner Sea Center, which is located on the Wharf, is operated by the Museum of Natural History and features marine exhibits, including touch tanks that are particularly popular with children. Watch pelicans. Enjoy boat rides to see whales during winter, 969-5217. Sea lion cruises, wharf fishing, sunset cruises, parasailing, gift shops, and all kinds of food. Local sculptor Bud Bottoms created the bronze dolphin fountain located at the foot of Stearns Wharf. There are similar dolphin fountains in Santa Barbara’s sister cities Dingle, Ireland, Toba, Japan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Yalta, Ukraine.
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