Adventure Sports

Santa Barbara is an adventure seeker’s paradise.  The East-to-West Santa Ynez Mountain range cascades into the wild blue Pacific, resulting in an unlimited adventure center. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, or an exciting way to have fun with the family, Santa Barbara has the perfect adventure for you. Start the morning off with a vista-filled hike before hitting the water for some stand-up paddle boarding, exploring in a sea kayak, or venturing out to Channel Islands National Park.

Want to keep things at ground level? Santa Barbara’s hills and bike paths offers some of the best cycling in the country. Ride routes through wine country, or along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.

Searching for something loftier? Try piloting a paraglider. You’ll get a bird’s eye view while hovering above Santa Barbara’s scenic red tile roofs and looming views.

And if all of that isn’t enough, hit up some of the area’s renowned surf breaks. Learn from local instructors or simply rent a board and explore on your own. From beginner to advanced, waves ranging in size and style beckon you to literally hop on board and go for a ride.

Featured Adventure Sports 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…

Paddle Sports Center

The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's favorite ocean gym and playground. We provide you with the best gear and instruction for a unique and unforgettable Santa Barbara adventure. Kayaks for one and two people are the perfect 2-hour physical…

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…

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