You're ready for a busy day in Santa Barbara. You've packed your sunblock, your swimsuit and your appetite, but what about your sea legs and your walking shoes? You're going to need them if you want to explore Santa Barbara's legendary sights the right way. Whether you feel like boarding a boat or guiding yourself, this list has all the hot spots you won't want to miss... and the best ways to see them, too.
Iconic Santa Barbara sightseeing spots include the Santa Barbara Mission and Stearns Wharf. The Urban Wine Trail is a more recent (but no less popular) addition to the local landscape that is suitable for the over-21 crowd.
Organized tours provide some of the best means of discovering these sites - and many others - while you're in town. Santa Barbara Trolley offers fully-narrated tours that are fun for all ages. The Red Tile Walking Tour is a self-guided tour that takes you through the heart of downtown. You can even take to the high seas and travel from the wharf to the harbor aboard the Lil' Toot, Santa Barbara's very own water taxi.
One last tip: if you're pressed for time, buy a ticket for the Land Shark. This aquatic vessel offers a funny and informative 90-minute land and sea tour that covers the best of Santa Barbara's sights in record time!