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.
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.
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.
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.