Lessons, Tours & Rentals

Santa Barbara offers some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the country, and lessons and tours allow you to maximize your time with memorable experiences. Whether you want to explore on sea or on land, Santa Barbara outdoor tours and classes will give you a firsthand look at the action.

Water Sports

Santa Barbara’s coastline is one of the best for sea level exploring, so make the most of your beach days by trying a new sport in a lesson or guided tour. Start with a sea kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lesson. And for the surfer in you, many local outfitters offer daily surfing classes. Hang ten on welcoming beginner, intermediate, or advanced surf breaks. A guided sailing lesson or class from Santa Barbara Harbor is another great way to get out on the water.

Land Adventures

There’s just as much fun to be had on a Santa Barbara outdoor tour on land. Spend an evening making memories on a guided sunset horseback ride along a glorious secluded beach or take a longer ride along the coastal bluffs. Want to take it higher? Channel your inner adventurer for a variety of rock climbing lessons. If biking is more your speed, let an expert guide take you and your family on a ride through  Santa Barbara’s incredible front and backcountry trails.

Air Adventures

If you’re looking for the most exciting local experience, take to the skies and see Santa Barbara’s great outdoors from your own chartered helicopter tour. You’ll have a truly unique airborne perspective of the region, from beautiful downtown to The Channel Islands National Park. You can even incorporate a stop at a vineyard in the San Ynez Valley for a wine tasting.  And make sure to take your camera; focal points don’t get much better than this.

Lessons, Tours & Rentals in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Trapeze Co.

Santa Barbara Trapeze Company is Southern California’s premier flying trapeze school, but it’s not just a circus school - it’s a space where you come and find out who you are, and what you are made of; you will leave feeling…


Celebration Cruises of Santa Barbara

Whether you want to experience a tour of Santa Barbara’s beautiful coast, have a romantic evening with a loved one, enjoy music out on the water with friends, or plan your perfect party, Celebration Cruises has everything you need. Here you…


Cal Coast Adventures

If you’re looking for a rental or tour of Santa Barbara or just something fun to do, you’ve found the right place! Cal Coast Adventures offers 10 different types of bike tours from electric bike tours of the city to leisurely mountain…



Wheel Fun Rentals

There's no better way to explore Santa Barbara than with Wheel Fun Rentals. We have two locations to serve you. Our flagship store at 24 E Mason Street is stocked with our iconic surreys, city bikes and other pedal powered fun, while our Electric…


Segway of Santa Barbara

The Best Way to See Santa Barbara! Visit Segway of Santa Barbara to experience the very best of what Santa Barbara has to offer!  Take a Segway tour with one of our experienced guides, or take a glide on your own – Rent a Segway PT…


Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours

Captain Jack’s began in 2005 after the founders spent a week in Hawaii engaging in fun-filled adventure tours. Captain Jack’s is now owned and operated by longtime educator and local history lover Meredith Brace.  Captain…


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