With all of the things to see and do in Santa Barbara
, choosing how to spend your time here can be a tough decision. From museums and cultural events to renowned gardens and architecture, there’s something to enjoy morning, noon and night in this pretty city by sea.
A sample day might begin with a trip to the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo
(the giraffes have an ocean view!), include an afternoon spent picnicking in the rose garden in front of the Santa Barbara Mission
and end with an evening strolling the downtown galleries for First Thursday.
And if you’re lucky enough to visit at the right time, you’ll soon discover that the locals love to get together and celebrate... almost anything and everything! This city has so many parades - even a boat parade - and festivals, it’s a wonder anyone ever makes time to go to work. One of the most enjoyable celebrations by far is the Old Spanish Days Fiesta
, a week full of great music, food and dancing honoring the town's Spanish heritage.
So what are you waiting for? Get over here; Santa Barbara is ready to show you its best and brightest. This list will get you started with activities suited for individuals, couples and the whole family, whether you’re in town for a entire week or just a weekend.