We're going to let you in on a little secret: although Santa Barbara has been long regarded as the playground of the rich and famous, there are also plenty of free activities in the area to entertain visitors of all ages. Museums, parks, beaches and more - just stick to our top 10 free activities list, and you won't be emptying your wallet on this trip!
Do you like the outdoors? Then beaches and parks are the way to go. Santa Claus Beach is a favorite with Santa Barbara natives. Its wide, sandy shore and mild to medium waves make it a fun destination for groups and families. If you have little ones in tow, head to Alameda Park to let them run wild on an elaborate wooden playground that's popular with the younger set.
If you're looking for more cultural activities, join the fun by participating in a downtown art walk on the first Thursday of every month. Or hit the beach on any given Sunday to check out a local institution, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show along Cabrillo Blvd.
Check out this list of completely gratis things to do from sea to shore to schedule your very budget-friendly itinerary.