Santa Barbara is the perfect vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts. And if you're lucky enough to live here, so much the better! With year-round temperatures averaging between 60 and 75 degrees, weather woes are not a concern and almost any day is a fine day for a picnic.
There are parks, beaches, hiking trails and outdoor activities galore in Santa Barbara. This list will take you on a tour of 10 of the best, but it represents only a very small fraction of the whole.
If you're traveling with kids, you won't want to miss Chase Palm Park and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Both are located in close proximity to the beach, but that's not all that recommends them. In addition to fun trails and play areas, Chase Palm Park has working antique carousel. A ride on this magical amusement of yesteryear costs only $2.
The zoo has over 500 species of animals. A small train carries visitors around the property. You can even feed the giraffes!
Not a landlubber? No worries. Board the Condor Express for a whale watching tour and keep your eyes peeled for Humpbacks and Gray Whales. Or rent a kayak and charter your own little boat around the Santa Barbara Harbor.