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Stearns Wharf

Address: Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #23 of 68 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets and sample fare...
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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149 reviews 149 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice walk , great views and plenty of places to eat. Perfect for tourists as you can get amazing views of the city and the beaches.

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Bury, United Kingdom
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52 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Stearns wharf has lovely ocean views where you might see a sealion and there are lots of birds to feed ect. Its got nice eateries but shop about because some are a bit pricey, so we got fish and chips to take out which was $5 and sat on a bench in the sun. There are interesting shops on the... More 

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Kingsburg, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Interesting shops and restaurants and a beautiful view of both the ocean and the city from the end of this historic pier.

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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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71 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We visited the wharf both during a hot Sunday afternoon and a quiet evening, the wooden wharf is an amazing structure and a great place to get some fresh air and exercise. We loved it and would recommend anyone visiting Santa Barbara to take the time to take the time to visit the wharf. There are locations to dine.

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Walking the wharf will give you some exercise. It is usually a little windy. I like the first restaurant for food. It is a gray building. I think it is called Harbor House. You might see dolphins swimming off the end of the wharf. There are trinket shops and $5 ice cream cones. People fish every day off the wharf.... More 

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Riverbank, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Restaurants are overpriced and not a good as others downtown or at the Marina. The wharf is fun if you only want to ether drive or walk but other than that it's not as great as other very excellent places in Santa Barbara.

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Goiânia, Goias, Brazil
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We,ve had the most delightful morning in the pier. It's calm and has a great view. There are restaurants and souvenir shops in the pier. You'll take good pictures here.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Stearns wharf played an important and historic role in the growth and building of early Santa Barbara. It has survived at least one bad fire with significant rebuilding afterward. It is now a conglomeration of shops and restaurants with a branch of the Santa Barbara natural history museum dedicated to the ocean located there. Parking is available at East Beach... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We took a walk on this pier the other day and it makes for a nice day out as there are several things to do to include watching the fishermen, restaurants and shops, touts, a sea life type museum and lots of people. We did some wine tasting and bought some ice cream and salt water taffy. You could easily... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Usually, I avoid wharfs because of crowds, mediocre and overpriced food & trinkets, but Stearns Wharf is a real treat. Even on busy days people are nice, perhaps because the views of the ocean, shore and mountains are both spectacular and serene. The restaurants offer a range of good choices and decent values. And don't forget to watch (but not... More 

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