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:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Whale Watching
  • Sailing

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


Elings Park

Located in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, Elings Park is a 230-acre private, non-profit park boasting incredible views of the city and ocean. From weddings and special events to sports and recreation, Elings offers a variety of activities…

Wheel Fun Rentals

Best way to see Santa Barbara like a true native! Explore along our beautiful coast or head downtown for some shopping and dining without the worry of parking! Get the family together for a group Surrey ride (which is able to accommodate up…

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