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Ranked #1 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It... more » Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 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 #2 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #3 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Parks
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Ranked #4 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Mountains
A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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Ranked #5 of 24 Outdoors 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 #6 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #7 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #8 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Gardens
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 #9 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Parks
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Ranked #10 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Parks
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Ranked #11 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: State Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #12 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Parks
Owner description: Elings Park is the largest privately funded public park in America. Built on land reclaimed from a city landfill, includes... more » Owner description: Elings Park is the largest privately funded public park in America. Built on land reclaimed from a city landfill, includes soccer and softball fields, a hill for paragliding, hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and venues for weddings and other special events. « less
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Ranked #13 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #14 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #15 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Waterfalls
Ideal in the spring, the falls and the hike to the falls offers much for the visitor.
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Ranked #16 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Bodies of Water
Area off Santa Barbara coast known for its deep sea fishing and marine wildlife.
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Ranked #17 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Bodies of Water
A hidden, underused fishery on the Southern California coast.
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Ranked #18 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
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Ranked #19 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Parks
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Ranked #20 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Bodies of Water
Lake famous for its bass fishing.
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Ranked #21 of 24 Outdoors in Santa Barbara
Category: Waterfalls
The waterfall exists only in the springtime.
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Category: Bodies of Water
Pretty man-made lake where trout fishing is the main attraction.
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Category: Gardens
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