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Things to Do in Santa Barbara

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  • pldj m
    169 contributions
    Feels like sit inside of a museum, not in the court. It's beautiful place. Don't forget go to the top of building to see the Santa Barbara town. It's free to go inside walk around.
    Written October 3, 2022
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  • Viktoriya K
    11 contributions
    Beautiful park. Its compact, but well planned. It took us about 2 hours. Food is good, but whole ordering online from the app is a disaster. Emu and kangaroo enclosure is great. Overall, great park
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • dlpa2000
    california323 contributions
    Paxton server and Rae in bar was attentive and accommodating. We did not care for venison stuffed mushrooms; the meat was rare. Paxton removed from ticket as we each only had one. Hubby liked onion rings and the tri tip platter and pecan pie. Rabbit medallions were dry and salty. The grounds housed historic stagecoach era buildings. Unfortunately it was 85 degrees and 85% humidity so very hot in dining area. Entertainment was the arriving wedding party.
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • Julia S
    Eatontown, NJ33 contributions
    I visited the Mission in Santa Barbara yesterday. It was both educational and fun - worth the time to visit the place!
    Written September 28, 2022
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  • Betty M
    Oro Valley, AZ482 contributions
    We enjoyed the LEDBETTER park portion the best of any strolls we took along the shoreline. Lots of benches and shady areas.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • worldtourists
    Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
    This was a lovely morning riding along the bike path between the sea and the palms. It is a bit tricky at the busy areas as people and children walk out not realising that bikes are coming. But the bikes all had bells which negated the need for any emergency stops.
    Written August 18, 2022
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  • Christine N
    Saint Paul, MN26 contributions
    This beach is a little out of Santa Barbara. It has a nice sized parking area. The beach is dog friendly. It is right next to some cool cliffs. It has restrooms. There is a restaurant right there. Only downside was the seaweed on the beach.
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • Betty M
    Oro Valley, AZ482 contributions
    Free parking for a good while and lots of strolling opportunities.
    A lovely harbor and a beautiful area.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Munir D
    Toronto, Canada609 contributions
    This place was one of our stops in the scenic highway from Los Angeles to San Fransisco.

    This is a lively place and we were fortunate to get parking for only $4 at the parking lot across the Visitors Centre. This was for 2hours. Parking is also available at the end of the pier.

    We had lunch at the Longboard’s Grill located on the pier. We had a table overlooking the beautiful ocean with also a view of the marina. We ate fish and chips which included two red snapper fillets. The food was good and service very nice.

    This is another nice place to take photographs because of various scenic spots.

    Munir Daya
    Written July 7, 2022
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  • Tracy
    1 contribution
    The Mineral exhibit was gorgeous and full of fascinating information. We were lucky enough to be there for the Butterfly Exhibit, and it felt magical! The planetarium had some nice exhibits and the movie was very good.

    Their dinosaur "garden" was fantastic and kids will absolutely love it.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • kaj20
    Murrieta, CA910 contributions
    This is a lovely drive around Santa Barbara. It is such a beautiful, historic city. The plants and trees are mature and pretty. All the buildings have interesting architecture.
    Written October 16, 2020
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  • Laura A
    Madrid, Spain16 contributions
    It's a small museum but a great place to find out about Santa Barbara, its history and its relationship with the ocean, such as the program Rigs-to-Reefs or the story of Point Conception. It offers different activities that children will enjoy too.

    I also liked the paintings exhibition and the visit to the tower, and learning about the Chumash.
    Written August 29, 2022
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  • Judith B
    Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
    A find for all book lovers. I could spend hours roaming through the stacks.. I always find wonderful books.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Kaitlin V-H
    5 contributions
    I visited a few days ago, and right now (late April) the poppies are blooming. It's a lovely place, but I think calling it an arboretum would be a little more accurate than calling it a garden. It's like a little nature preserve, capturing a small redwood forest and the stream bed deep in the arroyo. Fringing this are the visitor paths and the few more curated gardens. The canyon still contains the remains of the irrigation systems built in the early 1800s. Stone-lined aqueducts and decaying wooden troughs can still be seen there. The system used to carry water all the way down the mountain to the Mission. I really liked the Manzanita grove, something that's pure Santa Barbara, and smells great. Part of the garden grounds are across the street, and lead up a hill to the conservation center, which features an amazing view, all the way to the ocean, as well as some nice places to sit down and enjoy the scenery. I took the hard path, but I noticed too late that an access road will take a golf cart straight up from the parking lot to the conservation center. A good option for handicapped guests.
    Speaking of handicapped, even though the paths are well-maintained, given that it's a canyon there are some dramatic changes in elevation that might make navigating difficult if you are in a wheelchair or on crutches. Also, if you're susceptible to heat stroke (like I am) please pace yourself and be prepared. I failed to do this adequately and had to cut my visit short, because the heat was getting to me.
    What I mean to say is that this is still a lovely place to visit, but this isn't just a casual, flat rose garden. It's an active, semi-wild landscape, and I would prep for it as you would a hike, rather than a walk in a city park. I'm always happy to pay the admission that a garden or zoo asks, because I know the money is going into the maintenance of the place, and I think that has value. Crowds are thinner after 2pm, but come earlier in the day if you want to beat the heat.
    Written April 28, 2022
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  • fcrane35
    Troy, MI419 contributions
    Quite the sight but hard to take good pictures as it is completely fenced off. You won't be disappointed.
    Written May 18, 2022
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