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Stearns Wharf

Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #24 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: Fishing
Traveler Description:  Stearns Wharf has got to be the most beautiful wharf on the California coast.  Here you will find many touristy shops for souvenirs and several... more »
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Indio, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Santa Barbara is a great tourist town because you can take in so many different kinds of sites in one day just by walking: downtown shopping, waterfront with long beach, Stearns Wharf, museums (art, history, acquarium), restaurants. If you get tired of walking, there is a waterfront shuttle you can ride for $.50, rent a bicycle built for 1 or... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
78 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you are lucky enough to visit Santa Barbara you will not want to miss a walk around the beautiful waterfront and Stearns Wharf. There are many dining options on the pier and it is within walking distance of the very fun Funk Zone. You can also drive out onto the pier and park for free (90 minutes with merchant... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Very nice to visit although I suggest walking to it as parking is obviously (and very understandably) a nightmare! We enjoyed the views of the ocean and looking back at the Santa Barbara mountains! Nice scenery and a few interesting touristy stores to poke your head into. Restaurants are a little over priced and fairly average but that is to... More

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Reston, Virginia
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28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Touristy, average restaurants and lots of people. The views of the coast and the mountains were nice.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This pier is the prominent waterfront attraction in Santa Barbara. Whilst you can park on it, much better to stroll along it from the bottom of State Street. Along its length it gives great views back over the city and with an array of gift shops and restaurants it provides a pleasant enough hour or so

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New Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Cool scenery but we drove around the wharf over and over looking for parking. Its definitely worth seeing though.

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Los Angeles
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went to Stearns Wharf after walking down State Street from the Paseo Nuevo shopping area. It is a long walk, and I have a three year old. Good thing we brought the stroller. They have parking on the pier for a fee. The entrance to the wharf has a statue of some dolphins. We didn't see any in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

A walk to the end of Stearns Wharf is a "must do" in Santa Barbara. First, as you begin walking, you will get to see (look directly down to the right of the wharf on the beach) the creative ways that folks try to make money (getting you to throw your change to hit various targets). Then, as you walk... More

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Los Angeles, California
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152 reviews 152 reviews
18 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

nice and breezy anytime of day. Go for a stroll and the view. For a small fee, take the Little Toot water taxi over to the Harbor area.

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Garland, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had a most beautiful day to walk down this historical wharf. Lovely views in all directions and cute shops to check out. There are even some wine shops with tastings. All in all a place not to miss.

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