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Stearns Wharf

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Address: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-564-5530
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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular...

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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Drive on pier?!

We did not get out and walk the pier or visit the rather touristy shops, but we did drive on the pier. I would still say it's a 'must do' for the experience. Depending on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Beaumont, Texas
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Beaumont, Texas
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not get out and walk the pier or visit the rather touristy shops, but we did drive on the pier. I would still say it's a 'must do' for the experience. Depending on the time of day, it is free. We were there within the last hour before closing. Very unique experience.

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Montrose, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can drive out onto the wharf if you like with free parking for the first 75 minutes. There are a few places to eat seafood on the wharf and get ice cream. It is fun to watch the fishermen fishing off the wharf and children. If you are out there in the evening, the lights of Santa Barbara are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit if you have an hour to spare. Beautiful views. One of the few wharfs you can drive out on but wouldn't advise it - better to walk in peak season as very congested. We nearly drove on to it before we realized and we had an RV -not sure we could have turned and no one... More 

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San Ramon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unlike Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, this place is a little more quaint, and a little less touristy. It seems like locals even come and eat at the restaurants. Trust your instincts, walk the entire pier and look for the restaurant that calls to you. The last one appealed the most to us, and it was worth the wait for... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cute little wharf with FREE parking! Even the valet is free!!! Keep your stay below 90min though. Cool to drive the car on the wooden planks of the boardwalk. A few decent restaurants and touristy shops. You'll see some local fisherman catching right off the pier amongst the pretty views. Small museum, that's a bit pricey for what's on display.

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La Habra, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The wharf looks very appealing from afar, but once there, it was disappointing. The view is amazing but the shops were not that great. Plus they charged way too much for everything. The biggest waste of money was the aquarium. We went through the whole thing in 10 minutes.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not much to see on the warf other than restaurants and stores but was fun to drive out and grab lunch.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A good place to walk and enjoy the sunset. Very good restaurants. The aquarium is very interesting and has many exhibits where you can discover the sea life

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very scenic wharf where you can take great pictures of the boats in the harbor and selfies by the wharf's railing. There's several different seafood restaurants and eateries on the wharf, along with some souvenir shops and treat stores. You can also drive your car on the wharf but parking is limited. A great place to visit... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took family on to pier as did not visit the pier when we were in Santa Barbara last year. Great to visit - did not stop for food but great to see the sand sculptures which a man was making on side entrance.

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