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Ranked #1 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by... more » Owner description: Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns. « less
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Ranked #2 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is... more » Owner description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around the world. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. The fascinating life and career of Madame Ganna Walska culminated with 43 years of designing unusual display gardens with exotic plants. In her writings she described herself as "an enemy of the average" - truly a woman of unique accomplishments, philosophies and imagination. Lotusland  is home to several extraordinary collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies, bromeliads and cactus garden with more than 300 species.Lotusland's  philosophies addresses the ecology of the garden, employing management practices that promote the health of the individual plants and the garden as a whole. Reservations are required to visit. « less
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Ranked #3 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #5 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #6 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Zoos
The world's most beautiful Zoo!
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Ranked #7 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art plus a special gallery for... more » Owner description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art plus a special gallery for children. « less
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Ranked #8 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday... more » Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. These galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency.Over six hours of dynamic multimedia exhibits provide access to exclusive speeches, interviews, radio addresses, and original video presentations. The centerpiece of the gallery is a 28-foot-long interactive “timeline” that gives users the ability to explore the “Western White House” during the 1980s. « less
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Ranked #9 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Missions; History Museums; Gardens

Families with children and people who like to live history should not miss the Santa Barbara Mission. Considered the "crown jewel" of the California Missions, this site is... more »

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Ranked #10 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led... more » Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person. Designated in 2009 as Santa Barbara's 4th National Historic Landmark, the Casa del Herrero, built in 1925, stands today as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The creative manifestation of St. Louis industrialist George Fox Steedman, Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) reflects the visionary passions of its 'dream team' of designers: reknowned architect, George Washington Smith, landscape architects Lockwood de Forest and Francis T. Underhill, and antiquarians Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley, who also helped outfit the well-known Hearst Castle. « less
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Ranked #11 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Scenic Drives; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Seven straight miles of shops.
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Ranked #12 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Beaches; Parks
Owner description: The locals call it Hendry's Beach, a place to meet for breakfast or a cocktail at sunset, stroll or jog the sandy shore,... more » Owner description: The locals call it Hendry's Beach, a place to meet for breakfast or a cocktail at sunset, stroll or jog the sandy shore, watch for whales, fish or ride the wild surf. « less
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Ranked #13 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Biking Trails
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Ranked #14 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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Ranked #15 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Military Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational... more » Owner description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational exhibits set inside of nearly 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission also includes a series of films shown daily in our large screen, high-definition Munger Theater. Fun for the whole family! « less
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Ranked #16 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums

Museum of Natural History 2559 Puesta del Sol Road Santa Barbara, 93105 805-682-4711 (General Information) 805-682-4711 x174 (Observatory/Plan... 805-962-2526 (Sea Center... more »

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Ranked #17 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Health Clubs
Owner description: This all-inclusive fitness retreat is designed to help you jumpstart your fitness goals while relaxing in the natural... more » Owner description: This all-inclusive fitness retreat is designed to help you jumpstart your fitness goals while relaxing in the natural splendor of Santa Barbara, CA. Through daily local hikes and fitness training, healthy cuisine, luxurious spa treatments, and the opportunity to explore some of the area's most notable sites and restaurants, guests will receive highly personalized care, as well as the tools needed to extend the benefits of their program long after their retreat. « less
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Ranked #19 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa... more » Owner description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events. « less
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Ranked #21 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Museums
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Ranked #22 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks

 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 great places to sample seafood... more »

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Ranked #23 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #24 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #25 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara represents the essence California -- the art & culture of... more » Owner description: Quietly nestled between the ocean & the mountains, Santa Barbara represents the essence California -- the art & culture of the big city & the heart & hospitality of a small, coastal town. Between the shopping on State Street, some of the best restaurants in the country & the best that the hotel industry has to offer, Santa Barbara is truly a magnificent place to live or visit!Please come and visit us! We have free Visitors Maps with DISCOUNT COUPONS. « less
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Ranked #26 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #27 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Natural History Museums; Aquariums
Owner description: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to... more » Owner description: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world. At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world. « less
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Ranked #28 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #29 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #30 of 68 attractions in Santa Barbara
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Pacifica is an accredited graduate school with two campuses nestled between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean a few... more » Owner description: Pacifica is an accredited graduate school with two campuses nestled between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of Santa Barbara, California. The Institute offers masters and doctoral degree programs in psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies, all informed by the traditions of depth psychology. « less
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