Ty Warner Sea Center

Santa Barbara Beach
Rating: A for educational, squishy hands-on, family
Ages:
2 and up
Directions: 101 exit Garden, turn toward ocean and turn right onto Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn left onto Stearns Wharf. The Sea Center is on the left.
Contact: 682-4711 or www.seacenter.org
Season: Any, as it’s a great indoor activity during bad weather!

Our treasured sea center was rebuilt, updated and re-opened in the spring of 2005, thanks to the generous assistance of Ty Warner, the Beanie Baby mogul who has become well-known locally as a major property owner and philanthropist. He has purchased San Ysidro Ranch, Four Seasons Biltmore, Sandpiper Golf Course, the five-diamond Los Cabos resort Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, and Kona Village Resort on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Visitors to the sea center can experience five exhibit galleries with more than 30 marine science exhibits. It is designed to be a hands-on immersion in the work of scientists who explore, monitor and discover ways to preserve our oceans. It is twice the size of the old facility, and is part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Children can take seawater samples and test for salinity, temperature, pH balance, dissolved oxygen and specific gravity, and learn why these are important. They can enjoy touch tanks, a theatre, and a gift shop, as well as the view outside the facility.
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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