Outdoor Recreation

Santa Barbara Outdoor Activities

Getting outside is essential in Santa Barbara. The Santa Ynez Mountains offer endless opportunities to hike and bike your way to amazing scenic vistas. The golden ridgelines cascade into the Pacific where you’ll find a plethora of activities on the water, including kayaking, surfing, SUP and more, as well as incredible views of the California coastline. On any given day, you’ll find pick-up beach volleyball games, people sea kayaking from Stearns Wharf to the Harbor, boats setting sail to go whale watching, and stand-up paddleboarders sliding across the water.

Santa Barbara’s climate, which boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year, is a huge draw for those looking for some outdoor adventure year-round. Start the day with a hike. Go rock climbing, or take a surf lesson. Sail away, or hop in an ATV and take an open-air tour. You’ll find a wide variety of options for outdoor fun here.

Santa Barbara Outdoor Activities include:

And it doesn’t stop there. Just across the Santa Barbara Channel is the Channel Islands Marine Preserve, home to one of the most unique national parks in the world. Here you can hike, sea kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive to get one-of-a-kind encounters with local marine life. Keep an eye out for migrating whales and playful dolphins on the short ferry ride out to the islands.

It’s easy to start your outdoor adventure in Santa Barbara.

Featured Outdoor Recreation in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours

What to do in Santa Barbara? You are invited to take to the skies above Santa Barbara with an adventurous helicopter tour. Explore the “American Riviera” by air, experience the breathtaking scenery and landmarks in surrounding Santa…

Channel Islands Outfitters

Channel Islands Outfitters is authorized by the National Park Service to provide guided kayaking, snorkeling, and educational experiences. Our world famous "Caves and Coves" adventure has been a crowd pleaser for over 20…

Condor Express Whale Watching

The Condor Express offers a variety of spectacular excursions in the Santa Barbara Channel aboard our state of the art high - speed catamaran, the 75' CONDOR EXPRESS. Our cruising ground includes the nutrient rich waters around Santa…

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