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Address: Cabrillo Boulevard at State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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Activities: Fishing
Description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular...
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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I really enjoyed walking out on the wharf. It's big and it wasn't crowded. The views are great. The sea air feels good. There are a few restaurants and shops. It's something that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Huntingtown, Maryland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

nice views of the ocean button much else noteworthy. You can actually drive outing park if you want but we walked. a few shoddy restaurants on terrible tasting room - known for the view not the wines.

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Lombard, Illinois
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed walking out on the wharf. It's big and it wasn't crowded. The views are great. The sea air feels good. There are a few restaurants and shops. It's something that should be done if in the area. You can watch the boats pulling in and out of the marina. It is a nice place to take a... More 

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Williams Lake, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Hit the beach for an hour or so, then went up on the wharf for a look around. Prices are a bit high due to the touristy nature of the wharf, but grabbed some appies and drinks at one of the restaurants and ice cream cones for the kids at the ice cream shop. Great view of Santa Barbara, the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This was one of our favorite parts of Santa Barbara. Its a massive pier with multiple good places to eat and shop. You can also drive on and park for free in the evenings if your hotel is not walkable. Its the typical CA pier experience but one of our favorites out of the 5+ we saw on our PCH... More 

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Here is where you can see the most magnificent sunrise and sunset when the day is clear. I have a wonderful experience and it is a life long memories.

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calgary
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

An interesting wharf and one of the oldest around. Apparently has come close to burning down completely in its life but has always managed to resurrect itself. There are a few restaurants and shops here.

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We could see the pier from the lookout at the top of the Santa Barbara Court House, so decided that's where we would spend the afternoon. Stearns Wharf extends some 400 meters from the beach, there are a small number of shops, and some restaurants, lots of sea-gulls, and a flock of Pelicans tha twere using one of the roofs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Stearns wharf has some restaurants and a few gift shops on it. It is a nice walk and you get the chance to go to the end and just gaze out over the ocean. Beautiful view.

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salt lake city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Such a nice collection of restaurants and shops. Great views. Go when it's low season, not busy. Easy parking that way right on pier.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The 1st 90 Minutes are free with validation. I arrived at 12:45, having just left a meeting a few blocks away which was not over until 12:40, had quick lunch at the almost empty Moby Dick Restaurant, got my ticket validated and pulled up to the collection kiosk at 1:54. The operator asked me to pay $2.50 for being 13... More 

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