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Stearns Wharf

Address: Cabrillo Boulevard at State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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Ranked #29 of 146 things to do in Santa Barbara
Type: 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: 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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Sydney
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210 reviews 210 reviews
83 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We went for a walk along the wharf - nice old wharf with a bit of history around to see. Several tourist shops and food places. You can fish off the end of the wharf. Great views back over the beach and town. You may drive on the wharf and park at the end if you want to as well.... More 

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Naples, Italy
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240 reviews 240 reviews
151 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara's number 1 tourist spot (there is no so much to see in town, no offense) where you will find restaurants and specialty shops (souvenirs, ice-creams and candies) It is just a nice walk close to the harbor.

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Wharf makes for a nice walk or you can even drive on it and park at the end. Nice restaurants and cute little gift shops. This is the secornd time I've been there. Really enjoy it. Doesn't take long to walk to the end and back, unless you stop to eat.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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194 reviews 194 reviews
67 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
52 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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25 reviews 25 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
79 helpful votes 79 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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