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Things to Do In Santa Barbara

Experience everything Santa Barbara has to offer, from art and culture and outdoor recreation to world-class food and wine scene with hundreds of restaurants to choose from and dozens of vibrant events. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach, kayaking through the Channel Islands, exploring underground salt caves or browsing countless art galleries, museums and eclectic boutiques, you’ll find plenty of things to do when you visit Santa Barbara.

Beaches & Parks

Santa Barbara is widely known for its beautiful beaches and pristine coastline. But some will be surprised to learn that the area is also home to more than 50 parks and gardens, many of which offer trails that lead directly to the beach. In Santa Barbara, you can spend the morning lounging in the sand and the afternoon snorkeling and surfing, or spend your whole day hiking to scenic vistas—the options are endless!

Outdoor Adventures

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Take your pick of rock climbing, hiking, biking, surfing, sailing and a plethora of other outdoor adventures that beckon in Santa Barbara. 

Arts & Culture

Santa Barbara has long attracted people from all over the globe, creating a true melting pot and making the city a mecca for arts and culture in Central California. Impressive landmarks, art galleries, museums and theaters abound in Santa Barbara, giving visitors ample opportunities to immerse themselves in local history and culture.

Attractions & Entertainment

The fun never stops in Santa Barbara! Visitors will be pleased to find a host of exciting attractions, entertainment and other things to do, including unforgettable animal encounters, world-renowned botanical gardens, live music and guided tours. 

Spas & Wellness

Soothe your soul in Santa Barbara with the area’s many spa and wellness offerings. From grounding yoga classes and Soundwave Sessions on the beach to luxury spa experiences and rejuvenating hikes, it’s easy to find your pinnacle of rest and relaxation in Santa Barbara. 


Whether you’re into high-end fashion, locally-made goods or eclectic thrift stores, Santa Barbara is one of the best shopping destinations in California. Stroll the red tile streets of Paseo Nuevo and La Arcada Courtyard, find upscale boutiques and hidden gems at The Funk Zone, or head to Stearns Wharf for only-in-Santa Barbara gifts just a few steps from the beach.

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