My calling the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History "little" might not be fair. My prior experience with a natural history museum is the one in NYC which is huge. The Santa Barbara museum is really a nice size - you are able to see all of the exhibits during one visit. The exhibits are quite nice and interesting. There are enough "hands on" exhibits to keep children interested. During our visit, there were quite a few children who seemed to be enjoying themselves. It is located not too far from the Botanic Garden, so you can create a museum/garden experience that is not too taxing. Remember to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful Santa Barbara weather.
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